California Summer Vegetable Trials To Be Hosted By National Garden Bureau Members

California Summer Vegetable Trials To Be Hosted By National Garden Bureau Members

Basil_Persian-AAS2015-logoVegetable breeding companies will come together this August to host the Summer Vegetable Trials in California.

Like the long-standing California Spring Trials that are held annually in California, attendees will have the opportunity to visit breeding companies’ trial sites in seven locations throughout the state, from August 20-21, 2015.


National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, is organizing and publicizing this event on behalf of its members. Visits will focus on observing new varieties in a field or garden setting, and learning about new breeding and marketing opportunities from the respective hosts.

Customers, growers and the media should contact each company below to arrange their visit. Note that not all stops are open all 11 days. Individual companies hosting a field day or open house during August are:

PanAmerican Seed, 335 Briggs Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
August 10-14, 2015
Crops featured: vegetables and cut flowers, 2015 AAS Ornamental Trials
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: Josh Kirschenbaum, [email protected]

Sakata Seed, 105 Boronda Road, Salinas, CA
August 10–14, 2015
Crops featured: cool crops, 2015 AAS Edible/Vegetable and Ornamental Trials.
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: [email protected]

Sakata Seed, 12498 Country Road 100, Woodland, CA 95776
August 12–14, 2015
Crops featured: warm crops
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: [email protected]

Seeds By Design/Terra Organics, 1024 Washington Street, Willows, CA 95988
August 21, 2015 10 a.m.–2 p.m. with noon luncheon
Crops featured: cucumber, herbs, squash, pumpkin, gourd, pepper, tomato, melon and watermelon, 2015 AAS Edible/Vegetable Trials. &
Contact: Miles Rogers, [email protected], or Susan Birdseye, [email protected]

Seminis/Monsanto, 2700 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA 93030 (Not the actual trial location, details will be provided after appointments are made.)
August 11–13, 2015
Crops featured: tomatoes, peppers, latest launches including squash, lettuce and broccoli.
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: Rebecca Rehberg at [email protected]

Syngenta at Syngenta Flowers, 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA
Crops featured: In-ground and patio trials featuring tomato, pepper, squash, beans, cantaloupe and watermelon, 2015 AAS Ornamental trials.
August 10–20, 2015
Contact: Jeannine Bogard, [email protected] or [email protected]

Vegetalis/Floranova, 222 North A Street, Lompoc, CA 93436
August 10–13, 2015 (Call to inquire about additional availability.)
Crops featured: Full range of compact vegetables perfectly suited for patios and small spaces.
Contact: Ashley Ransbottom at [email protected]

For more information about this program and/or membership in National Garden Bureau, contact Diane Blazek at [email protected]