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

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    Judges deliberate over a selection of azaleas

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41st Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show


May 5 and 6, 2018
9:00am 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 41st Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. 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, raffle gifts, 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!

All rhodie growers are welcome to enter their best trusses for judging. Those wishing to enter should bring their entries to the Gardens on Thursday, May 3rd, between 5:00PM and 7:00PM, and on Friday, May 4th, between 9:00AM and 1:00PM. American Rhododendron Society members will be available to assist in filling out entry forms. Judging (judges are from outside the area) will start at 3:00PM Friday. Judges will award ribbons and trophies to top entries in a wide range of categories. Please visit for more information on entry rules and procedures.

2017 Show Results

Julie and Bruce Donaldson, Show Chairpersons
Total Number of Entries in 2017: 803
Total Number of Ribbons Awarded 2017: 231 plus 84 Honorable Mentions

Trophy Winners:

  • Best of Show – Valerie & Dennis McKiver, hybrid (‘Lady Roseberry X R. oreotrephes) spray
  • Best Noyo Chief – Babs & Sam Levine
  • People's Choice – Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Black Widow’ truss
  • Best Deciduous Azalea Truss/Lloyd G. Turner Memorial Award – Phillip and Lucy Johnson, unknown
  • Best Deciduous Azalea Spray/Rose Turner Award: Phillip and Lucy Johnson, unknown
  • Best Evergreen Azalea Spray/Philip B. Cornell Memorial Award: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, R. rubropilosum
  • Best Evergreen Azalea Truss/Noyo Chapter Trophy – Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Kerrigan’s Pink Bouquet’
  • Best New Introduction/Peter Schick Memorial Trophy – Phillip and Lucy Johnson, ‘Nancy Evans’ X ‘Noyo Chief’
  • Best Red Rhododendron/Celeri & Son Nursery Trophy – Tom & Kathryn Charters, ‘Jim Drewry’
  • Best Lavender Rhododendron – Phillip and Lucy Johnson, ‘Van Ness Sensation’
  • Best White Rhododendron/David and Rhoda Ward Trophy – Phillip and Lucy Johnson, ‘Lady de Rothschild’
  • Best Large Hybrid Spray/Bluewater Trophy – Ken Jones, Forest Lane Nursery, ‘Patricia Marie’
  • Best Small Species Rhododendron/The Philp Family Trophy – Valerie & Dennis McKiver, R. benhallii
  • Best Yakushimanum Hybrid Truss/Bill & Lorraine Fee Trophy – Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Silver Skies’
  • Best Pink Rhododendron/Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden Trophy – Wendy and Jim Ponts, ‘Ruby Bowman’
  • Sweepstakes Award – Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Blue Ribbon Winners: 20 winners of 71 blue ribbons awarded

  • Tom & Kathryn Charters (1)
  • Bruce & Julie Donaldson (3)
  • Phillip & Lucy Johnson (12)
  • Dick Jones (9)
  • Ken Jones (4)
  • Byron & Teresa Jonk (2)
  • Sharon & Howard Lau (1)
  • Babs & Sam Levine (2)
  • Doria Lewis (1)
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (5)
  • Dennis & Valerie McKiver (24)
  • Ed Monsen (1)
  • Ben Nicholson (1)
  • Judy Parker (1)
  • Wendy & Jim Ponts (2)
  • Armando & JoAnne Quevedo (1)
  • Rosalie Stanley (2)
  • Fran & Ted Steinhart (1)
  • Scott Vorhees (1)
  • John & Susan Winding (2)

Sweepstakes (points earned: 3 for 1st, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd)

  • Dennis & Valerie McKiver: 211 points
  • Phil Johnson: 75 points
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: 45 points
  • Dick Jones: 39
  • Ken Jones: 32


Start Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

End Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018