Pack Trials Springs Forward By Tim Hodson

By now you have already heard that California Pack Trials changed its name to California Spring Trials. At OFA Short Course last summer, representatives from the breeder companies met and decided to change the name of the event and move it to a later date. The date change was requested because of “the difficulty to produce flowering material in March.”

Well, those new dates take place this month, and that’s where you will find GPN _Ñ at the floriculture industry’s fashion week, California Spring Trials!

This month, from April 10 to 16, we become road warriors again as we make our way from Encinitas to Gilroy to check out all of the new variety introductions and marketing programs that will be on display.


We know California Spring Trials can a hectic week. Figuring out where to go and what to see in a limited amount of time can be a challenge. Which is why, last month, we debuted our new website,,

This website is designed to make your life a bit easier by providing you with all the information you need if you plan to attend California Spring Trials. All of the trial locations’ addresses (and maps), phone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed to make planning your trip a little less complicated.

And if you are not going to Spring Trials, you can follow along with us on too.

GPN’s editorial staff will be tweeting, blogging and posting photos and updates to our Facebook accounts from the different Spring Trials sites to give those of you who can’t make it out west an idea of some of the things we are seeing.

The California Spring Trials are only a week long, but www.californiaspring will live on throughout the year. After the trials, we’ll have additional information on the exhibitors and things we saw posted on the site. We also will be shooting video during the week for Hort TV that will uploaded to the website once we return.

Read All About It

And don’t forget: You will be able to read our expanded print coverage of the 2010 California Spring Trials in the June and July issues of GPN.

Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at

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