This Saturday and Sunday, May 1st & 2nd is the 33rd Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show & Plants Sale at Dana Gray Elementary School, 1197 Chesnut, Fort Bragg.
The Rhodies are beautiful and come in as many colors as the rainbow.
According to the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, this year’s theme is “There’s No Place Like Home” and they’re featuring locally hybridized varieties grown here on the beautiful Mendocino coast. Local growers have also obtained for this sale varieties from a northwest grower not typically available here in Fort Bragg. Visit the Noyo Chapter’s site for show and sale details.
Where Else Can You Find Rhodies?
In Jackson State Forest, in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and at Celeri & Son Nursery, Rhododendrons are in full bloom. It seems odd to me that you would find these plants flourishing on our North Coast of California when the plants are natives to Mountainous Tibet and Islands, like Java. Here’s some background:
“There are two important features of the distribution of species of the genus Rhododendron that require explanation. First, the overwhelming majority of them occur either on the slopes of the very deep valleys that border the eastern Himalayas and southeastern Tibet, or in the mountain ranges that form the backbones of the archipelago stretching between mainland Asia and Australia – the islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Philippines.” — American Rhododendron Society