Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


43rd annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show


May 16 and 17, 2020
9:00AM to 5:00PM

This event has been cancelled. Please check back for information on the 2021 Rhododendron Show.

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 annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. 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 9:00am 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. Rhody’s Garden Café will be open both days, serving snacks, lunch, and ice cream. 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). 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. Details for entry will be provided soon. Chapter members will be available to assist in filling out entry forms. Judging will start at 3:00PM Friday, May 15. Judges will award ribbons and trophies to top entries in a wide range of categories.


Start Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020

End Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020