The Rhododendron Resource Guide

By: Phil Van Soelen

Phil Van Soelen is the co-owner with Sherrie Althouse of California Flora Nursery, a small, unconventional nursery devoted to California…

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Author Nancy Morin and the staff of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden recommend the following resources for further reading on the subject of Rhododendron. Those visiting the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden may wish to visit the following nurseries that specialize in rhododendrons in the Mendocino/Fort Bragg area.

Nursery Sources

Celeri & Son (formerly Summers Lane Nursery)
20000 Summers Lane
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Wholesale and retail

Descanso Nurseries
20100 Hanson Road
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Wholesale only, by appointment

Forest Lane Nursery
32117 Forest Lane
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Love Ericaceae
31660 Highway 20
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Open Wednesday through Saturday

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Gift shop and nursery

Further afield:
Sonoma Horticultural Nursery
3970 Azalea Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Online catalog and walk-in.

Please be sure to mention Pacific Horticulture when contacting any of these vendors.

For Further Reading

There is a rich body of literature on Rhododendron. Some recent and more comprehensive references include:

Argent, G C, and M. McFarlane, Eds. Rhododendrons in Horticulture and Science. Edinburgh, Scotland: Royal Botanic Garden, 2003.

Cox, P A, and K N E Cox. The Encyclopedia of Rhododendron Species. Perth, Scotland: Glendoick Press, 1997.

Cullen, James, Hardy Rhododendron Species. Portland: Timber Press.

Postan, C., editor, 1996. The Rhododendron Story: 200 Years of Plant Hunting and Garden Cultivation. London: Royal Horticultural Society, 2005.

For additional information on rhododendrons, visit the websites of the American Rhododendron Society — — and the Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden — . For more information about the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, visit

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