Braving the California Coast

March 24, 2005 - 15:28

The 2005 California Pack Trials are sure to provide new, unique and must-have varieties.

It is here again — the California Pack Trials. If you’ve gone before, you know how beneficial it is. If you haven’t gone, let me tell you…this trip is one you won’t forget, for a few reasons: 1) It is a nice road trip if you are able to travel with someone you like. 2) You get a head’s up on what will be hot in the next few years, while also seeing some varieties that may have been around for a while but are new to you. 3) You make your own schedule; you don’t have anyone telling you when to go where, etc.

This year, the trials span April 2-14, with each company devising its own schedule. Right now, as I write this, I am trying to schedule more than 20 very important stops into a short five days — it’s not easy! But, we’ve tried to make things a little easier for you here, with a list of the locations to visit and the contact information for each location. Be sure to contact the companies ahead of time and make appointments for your visit.

And, I’ve gotten a few calls and E-mails warning of the excessive rains and bad weather California has endured over the last few months. So, it may be wise to check into road closings and construction. Be safe, and have fun.

AMERICAN TAKII

Trial Dates: April 3-11

Contact: Julia Paul

T: (970) 663-6042

F: (831) 443-3976

E-mail: jpaul@takii.com

Trial Location: 301 Natividad Rd., Salinas

BENARY

Trial Dates: April 2-8

Contact: Duane Sinning

T: (260) 982-0758

F: (260) 982-1139

E-mail: infousa@benary.com

Trial Location: 1200 Via Regina, Santa Barbara

BODGER SEEDS/
BODGER BOTANICALS

Trial Dates: April 4-13, closed April 9 and 10

Contact: Sylvia Orza

T: (626) 442-6161

F: (626) 442-5063

E-mail: sorza@bodger.com

Trial Location: 1851 W. Olive Avenue, Lompoc

DANZIGER “DAN”
PLANT FARM

Exhibiting with Oro Farms

Trial Dates: April 4-12

Contact: Reese Kiikka

T: (440) 357-6280

F: (440) 357-6287

Email: brplants-n-seeds@msn.com

Trial Location: 4860 Monterey Rd., Gilroy

ECKE RANCH

Exhibiting with Goldsmith Seeds, Fischer USA and Yoder Brothers Inc.

Trial Dates: April 2-9

Contact: Tina McElroy

T: (800) 549-0158

F: (408) 848-5429

E-mail: springtrials2005@goldsmithseeds.com

Trial Location: 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy

FIDES NORTH AMERICA

Exhibiting with Twyford

Trial Dates: April 4-10

Contact: Adalberto Rodriguez

T: 011 506 442 1849

F: 011 506 442 0556

E-mail: ar@fidesnorthamerica.com

Trial Location: 15245 Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula

FISCHER USA

Exhibiting with Ecke Ranch, Goldsmith Seeds and Yoder Brothers Inc.

Trial Dates: April 2-9

Contact: Tina McElroy

T: (800) 549-0158

F: (408) 848-5429

E-mail: springtrials2005@goldsmithseeds.com

Trial Location: 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy

FLORANOVA

Exhibiting with Oglevee

Trial Dates: April 4-13

Contact: Bill Wilson

T: (574) 674-4200

F: (574) 674-5300

E-mail: bwilson@floranova.us

pconstant@floranova.co.uk

Trial Location: 222 North A St., Lompoc

GOLDEN STATE
BULB GROWERS

Callafornia Calla Pot Demonstration Trials

Trial Dates: April 4-13, Saturdays appointment only

Contact: Tom Lukens, June Roque

or Sandra Cortez

T: (831) 728-0500

F: (831) 761-1282

E-mail: gsbg@cruzio.com

Trial Location: 1260 Hwy. 1, Watsonville

GOLDSMITH SEEDS

Exhibiting with Ecke Ranch, Fischer USA and Yoder Brothers Inc.

Trial Dates: April 2-9

Contact: Tina McElroy

T: (800) 549-0158

F: (408) 848-5429

E-mail: springtrials2005@goldsmithseeds.com

Trial Location: 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy

GROLINK

Trial Dates: April 2-10

Contact: Sarah Kellerman

T: (800) 451-6319

F: (805) 984-7248

E-mail: info@grolink.com

Trial Location: 4107 W. Gonzales, Oxnard

HF MICHELL’S

Exhibiting with Speedling

Trial Dates: April 2-10

T: (800) 422-4678 x5615

E-mail: packtrials@michells.com

Trial Location: 2640 San Juan Hwy.,

San Juan Bautista

JACKSON & PERKINS WHOLESALE, INC.

Suntory Collection

Trial Dates: April 4-13, closed April 10

Contact: Lou Aguirre

T: (800) 877-6737 x6

F: (541) 864-2819

E-mail: laguirre@bco.com

Trial Location: 6500 Donlon Rd., Somis

KIEFT SEEDS HOLLAND

Trial Dates: April 3-10

Contact: Jeff McGrew

T: (360) 445-2031

F: (360) 445-2031

E-mail: jmcgrew@sos.net

Trial Location: 270 Rucker Avenue, Gilroy

OGLEVEE LTD.

Exhibiting with Floranova

Trial Dates: April 4-8

Contact: Joe O’Donovan

T: (724) 628-8360

F: (724) 628-7270

E-mail: jodonoan@worldnet.att.net

Trial Location: 222 N. A St., Lompoc

ORO FARMS

Exhibiting with Danziger

Trial Dates: April 2-8

Contact: Tammy Ozuna

T: (315) 635-2531

F: (419) 730-7129

E-mail: tammy@orofarms.com

Trial Location: 4860 Monterey Rd., Gilroy

PACIFIC PLUG & LINER

Featuring Agrexco companies: Jaldety Nursery, Cohen Propagation Nurseries, Hishtil Nurseries and Schwartz Nursery

Trial Dates: April 2-8

Contact: Liz Dunlop

T: (831) 722-5396

F: (360) 647-1468

E-mail: david_edenfield@northwestgrown.com

Trial Location: 750 Casserly Rd., Watsonville

PANAMERICAN SEED

Trial Dates: April 2-10

Contact: Mary Long

T: (630) 588-3187

F: (630) 231-3609

E-mail: mlong@panamseed.com

Trial Location: 335 S. Briggs Rd., Santa Paula

PLUG CONNECTION

Trial Dates: April 2-11

Contact: Lisa Finnegan

T: (760) 631-0992, x118

F: (760) 940-1555

E-mail: lisa@plugconnection.com

Trial Location: 2627 Ramona Dr., Vista

PROVEN WINNERS

Trial Dates: April 2-14

Contact: Kerry Strope

T: (573) 635-2877

F: (573) 638-0630

E-mail: kerry@provenwinners.com

Trial Location: 32149 Aquaduct Rd., Bonsall

S&G FLOWERS

Trial Dates: April 3-9

Contact: Sharon Leeth

T: (800) 454-8159 x408

E-mail: sharon.leeth@syngenta.com.

Trial Location: 7240 Holsclaw Rd., Gilroy

SAKATA SEED AMERICA INC.

Trial Dates: April 4-12

Contact: Nicole Naragon

T: (260) 672-3820

F: (260) 672-9065

E-mail: nnaragon@sakata.com

Trial Location: 105 Boronda Rd., Salinas

SELECTA FIRST CLASS, INC.

Trial Dates: April 2-11

Contact: Gilda Walters

T: (800) 955-5644

F: (760) 634-4342

E-mail: g.walters@firstclassplants.com

Trial Location: 1150 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas

SPEEDLING

Exhibiting with HF Michell’s

Trial Dates: April 2-10

T: (800) 422-4678 x5615

E-mail: packtrials@michells.com.

Trial Location: 2640 San Juan Hwy.,

San Juan Bautista

TWYFORD INTERNATIONAL

Exhibiting with Fides North America

Trial Dates: April 4-10

Contact: Diana Dickenson

T: (800) 327-9988

F: (805) 525-3412

E Mail: ddickenson@twyford.com

Trial Location: 15245 S. Telegraph Rd.,
Santa Paula

YODER BROTHERS INC.

Exhibiting with Ecke Ranch, Fischer USA

and Goldsmith Seeds

Trial Dates: April 2-9

Contact: Tina McElroy

T: (800) 549-0158

F: (408) 848-5429

E-mail: springtrials2005@goldsmithseeds.com

Trial Location: 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy

Leave A Comment

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.