One of the delights of Spring is the blooming of beautiful flowers all over the Northern Coast of California, including in Fort Bragg. A must-see for all visitors includes the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, located just a short drive south of downtown Fort Bragg. A highlight event of the season will be the Annual 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show, located at 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 and 8, 2016, from 9:00-5:00. More information is available at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens web site.
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens co-sponsors the event with the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. This year’s juried show is expected to be one of the largest on the entire Pacific Coast, with over 1,000 entries. The show will feature a cascade of vibrant Rhododendrons, raffles, a silent auction, people’s choice awards, educational displays, food, and more.
Visitors to the free show will receive a coupon for $1.00 off of admission to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where more than 1,000 Rhododendrons may be viewed (not all in bloom at once, as there are early, mid-season, and late varieties). A large selection of Rhododendron and other plants will be available for purchase in the big tent and at Nursery on the Plaza, so you’ll be able to take a bit of Spring home with you.
BONUS: During the Show weekend you can purchase a Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens membership for 10% off the normal price. Membership has great benefits, including access to almost 300 gardens nationwide, through the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program.
All “Rhody” growers are welcome to enter their best trusses for judging — just submit your entry form.
There is additional information about the Rhododendron Show on this web site.
The Rhododendron Show will be a marvelous event to share with your mother, your entire family, and friends, whether you’re lucky enough to be a Fort Bragg resident or a visitor. Happy Spring to our community!
(Photos were contributed by the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, and the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee.)