Join us for the largest Rhododendron Show in California

42nd annual Rhodie Show – May 4 and 5

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 42nd annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens this Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. 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, and raffle gifts. 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!

Enter the Show!
All rhodie growers are welcome to enter their best trusses for judging. Entries will be accepted at the tent on the south end of the Gardens' main parking lot on Thursday, May 2, between 5:00PM and 7:00PM, and on Friday, May 3, between 9:00AM and 12:00PM.

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.
Help us fill the tent with a vibrant array of blooms!

Join the American Rhododendron Society!

Share your passion for rhododendrons and join the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (follow Noyo ARS on Facebook) in helping to promote the study and culture of rhododendrons and to stimulate interest in rhododendrons. Our locale is also of utmost importance in preserving the rhododendron species. Although these plants grow in few places worldwide, they thrive in the favorable climate of the Mendocino Coast. The area spanning Eureka to Fort Bragg is the largest production center of hybrid rhododendrons in California!

Join as a member of the Society to learn more about these gorgeous plants and receive discounts on healthy rhododendrons, azaleas, and more to add to your collection. Want a new social crowd? Attend the meetings and help plan the annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show.

Piqued your interest? Please contact the Membership Director, Fran Steinhardt to become a member today!

Rhododendrons 101 Workshop
Saturday, May 18
10:00AM to 12:00PM

Our cool coastal climate, acidic soils, and mild winters allow many beautiful cultivars and species to thrive. Dennis McKiver of the American Rhododendron Society’s local chapter will teach proper planting and plant medium, fertilizing, pruning, as well as disease and pest control. Expand your collection by learning to choose the right hybrids and species for your area and what to plant for colorful blooms 12 months out of the year! The workshop will wrap up with a tour of the Rhododendron Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

Instructor, Dennis McKiver (A Man Among Rhodies – DigIt! magazine, Mary Jasch), has been growing and collecting rhododendrons since 2001. His collection has over 1,000 hybrid and species rhododendrons. 

The workshop registration fee is $15 for MCBG members and Master Gardeners; $20 for non-members (includes Gardens admission for the day). Payment is due upon sign-up. Please note, all workshop fees are non-refundable unless the workshop has been canceled or rescheduled by the Gardens. Sign up by phoning 707-964-4352 ext. 16 or stop by The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

Join us for a riot of rhododendrons!

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