Floriculturists Organize Group Tour Of 2013 California Spring Trials

Floriculturists Organize Group Tour Of 2013 California Spring Trials

Are you interested in a group trip to the 2013 California Spring Trials from April 6 to 8, 2013? All greenhouse growers, floriculture professionals and academics are invited to attend. It is an opportunity to meet fellow growers, breeders, Extension personnel and other plant company representatives to share ideas, update your understanding of what’s happening in our industry and travel with trained professionals.

A tour of several of the main stops along the Trial route is being organized by floriculturists Dr. Mark Bridgen and Dr. Neil Mattson of Cornell University and Dr. Roberto Lopez of Purdue University. They have organized two successful trips in years past. This guided excursion is an educational and entertaining way to visit several of the key Spring Trial locations with fellow horticulturists. It allows attendees the convenience of not having to arrange for their own stops, hotels and transportation.


The itinerary is jam-packed with three full days of tours with the days beginning early and continuing at a fast pace late into the evening. The cost, although not finalized yet, will be approximately $550 per person and includes hotels, bus travel, lunches and some breakfasts. Attendees arrive on a Friday and stay at a designated hotel near the San Jose Airport (included in the registration). The tours begin on Saturday and continue until the end of Monday near Los Angeles. The hotel for Monday night is included in the package and participants will arrange their own flights to return home on Tuesday.

Participants on this excursion will travel from Northern to Southern California. First class hotel accommodations will be supplied each night, and during the evenings, participants can dine alone or have dinner with other horticulturists and professionals from around the country. Participants need to arrange their own transportation to and from California, but a travel agency is available to assist with these reservations.

At this time the itinerary for the 2013 Spring Trials Excursion is not completely finalized; however, the group will tentatively visit Syngenta Flowers, Garlic World, Speedling, Inc., Golden State Bulb Growers, and Sakata Seed during the first day, April 6. On the second day, the group will visit Dümmen USA, Ball Horticultural and a commercial production greenhouse. During the third day, April 8, Skagit Gardens, GroLink and Fides/Oro, which will include Ecke Ranch, will be visited. Many of these stops have multiple exhibitors at one location, so there will be a lot to see and to learn.  

If you are interested or have questions, contact Dr. Mark Bridgen at [email protected] or at 631-727-3595.