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43rd John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show


May 14 and 15, 2022
10:00am to 5:00pm

Each year, the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) partners with Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to showcase some of the best rhodie specimens on the west coast. The 43rd John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. The juried show is the largest in California with a typical show displaying more than 800 entries and filling the big tent with cascades of color and fragrance.

The Rhododendron Show is free to attend and open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to hundreds of individual flower entries, there will be plants, bonsai, photos, floral arrangements, hourly plant raffles, and educational displays. A large selection of rhododendrons and other plants will be available for purchase in the big tent and at the Gardens' Nursery. Local growers and Noyo Chapter ARS members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the best plants for your garden.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will be open to visitors during the Rhododendron Show (regular admission rates apply – get tickets online). The Gardens is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of rhododendrons—many hybridized on the Mendocino Coast—and they promise to fill the formal gardens and woodlands with riotous color. The Gardens’ Rhododendron Collection includes over 124 species and 315 taxa. More than 1,000 rhododendrons can be seen blooming throughout the Gardens from early spring until June!

Everyone is welcome to enter
 their best rhododendrons, azaleas, bonsai, photos, and floral arrangements for judging. Those wishing to enter should bring their trusses to the Gardens on Thursday, May 12, between 3:00PM and 7:00PM, and on Friday, May 13, between 9:00AM and 12:00PM. Chapter members will be available to assist in filling out entry forms. Judging will start at 3:00PM on Friday. Judges will award ribbons and trophies to top entries in a wide range of categories. Please visit for details on the event or for more information on entry rules and procedures.



The results of the 2022 Rhododendron Show are in...


Best of Show - Kirk Norton for an R. occidentale spray

Best Noyo Chief - Tom & Kathe Charters

Best White Rhododendron - David & Rhoda Ward Trophy - Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Best Pink Rhododendron - Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Trophy - Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Best Lavender Rhododendron - John & Gail Vollmer Trophy - Phil & Lucy Johnson

Best Red Rhododendron - Celeri & Son Nursery Trophy - Phil & Lucy Johnson

Best Yakushimanum Hybrid Truss - Bill & Lorraine Fee Trophy - Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Best New Seedling - Peter Schick Memorial Trophy - Ken Jones

Best Evergreen Azalea Spray - Philip B. Cornell Memorial Award - Tom & Kathe Charters

Best Evergreen Azalea Truss - Noyo Chapter Trophy - Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Best Deciduous Azalea Spray - Rose Turner Award - Carla Sarvis

Best Deciduous Azalea Truss - Lloyd G. Turner Memorial Award - Phil & Lucy Johnson

Best R. occidentale - Rosalie Stanley Memorial Trophy - Kirk Norton

Best Small Species Rhododendron - The Philp Family Trophy - Pam Rivette

Best Large Hybrid Spray - Bluewater Trophy - Phil & Lucy Johnson

Sweepstakes Trophy - Awarded according to the highest accumulated score - Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Peoples Choice Award - Ken Jones for ‘Peach Charm’ truss

CLICK HERE to view the rest of the judging results!



Start Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022

End Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022