The Steering Committee for the California Spring Trials confirms the dates for the 2013 and 2014 trials are Saturday, April 6 to Thursday, April 11, 2013 and Saturday, April 5 to Thursday, April 10, 2014. All operations are expected to be open during this time period, though some may choose to extend their participation for additional days to better serve their customers.
The participating companies of the Spring Trials have also appointed OFA–The Association of Horticulture Professionals to coordinate these Spring Trials events. OFA will host a website for attendees that will include a list of participating companies, opening dates and hours, company contacts and other event information. The official website is OFA.org/SpringTrials.
“Every year, people say there are two must-attend events: the California Spring Trials and OFA Short Course,” says OFA’s chief executive officer, Michael V. Geary, CAE. “They’re an opportunity for growers to learn of new cultivars and how to grow them, and for garden center operators and landscape professionals to explore the diversity of plants they can make available to their customers. Combined, these two events provide a comprehensive overview of the products, services, and training needed to be a successful owner/operator.”
The California Spring Trials event includes many of the leading plant breeders, growers, and suppliers showcasing their plant varieties and new products. Formerly known as the Pack Trials, attendees use the event as an opportunity to get an early look at products and to learn directly from producers the recommended growing and retail strategies. The self-guided tour takes place throughout the state and is for industry professionals and press only.