I can't believe it — the California Spring Trials are just around the corner (April 5-10)! It seems like just last week Team GPN was trekking up the California coast for the 2013 trials. Time sure does fly!
You may have gotten numerous news alerts of the various new exhibitors and locations as well as locations that are no longer participating. 2014 is definitely a year of big changes. As we've begun our planning, I thought it would be helpful for your planning purposes to condense the Spring Trials road map and provide you with a clear list of trial stops.
So here is a list of all the locations from north to south. For your reference, I've included exhibitor names and trial addresses. For more detailed information, including how to contact exhibitors directly, go to www.californiaspringtrials.com . Happy planning!
Location: Chaminade Resort and Spa, 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz
Syngenta Flowers, Syngenta Crop Protection, SHS Griffin
Location: 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy
Danziger "Dan" Flower Farm
Location: Headstart Nursery, 4860 Monterey Rd., Gilroy
Location: 195 Paulsen Rd., Watsonville
Pacific Plug & Liner, Cohen Propagation Nurseries, Cultivaris, Hishtil Nurseries, Jaldety Nursery, MPS, Schwartz Nursery, Sunset Western Garden Collection
Location: 750 Casserly Rd., Watsonville
Speedling, ABZ Seeds, Greenex USA, Hem Genetics, Plant Source International, Thompson & Morgan, Vista Farms
Location: 2640 San Juan Hwy., San Juan Bautista
Golden State Bulb Growers
Location: 3060 Hilltop Rd., Moss Landing
Location: 301 Natividad Rd. Salinas
Sakata, MasterTag, Western Pulp
Location: 102 Boronda Rd., Salinas
Dümmen (Red Fox), HGTV Home Plant Collection
Location: Edna Valley Vineyards, 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd., San Luis Obispo
Location: 222 N. A St., Lompoc
Plug Connection, Beekenkamp, PAC-Elsner, Skagit Gardens, Terra Nova Nurseries, Westflowers
Location: Windmill Nursery, 925 W. Highway 246, Buellton
EuroAmerican Propagators, Suntory
Location: Ventura Botanical Gardens, 4328 Westmont St., Ventura
Dümmen (Ecke, Fides, Oglevee, Oro), Green Fuse Botanicals
Location: 15245 W. Telegraph Rd, Santa Paula
Ball Horticultural Co., Ball FloraPlant-Selecta, Darwin Perennials, PanAmerican Seed
Location: 335 S. Briggs Rd., Santa Paula
GroLink, Athena Brazil, Flamingo Holland, Florensis, Florist Holland, Hort Couture, Plant Haven, Royal Van Zanten, Schoneveld Breeding, Sequoia Group Intl.
Location: 4107 W. Gonzales Rd., Oxnard
We are currently working on the 2014 Spring Trials Companion, which will be ready in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can check out www.californiaspringtrials.com  for more information or to check out our gallery from last year's trials. Also, don't forget you can use AmericanHort's central reservation system  to schedule your appointments.
If you are unable to attend the California Spring Trials, you know you can count on us to provide recaps for you in the weeks following Spring Trials. We'll be covering the trials in this e-newsletter and in the June and July issues of GPN. Be on the lookout!