Gilroy in bloom: Spring Trials, Rotary Flower Fest

Brokers and growers converged on Goldsmith Seeds Tuesday for the

Flowers are pretty and make people happy.

Refresh your soul and enjoy these blossom-related happenings in South County:

South County’s nursery industry will participate in California’s annual Spring Trials through March 31. This statewide event entails a lovely showcase of varietals in elaborate displays to attract retail nurseries, commercial growers and other buyers, according to Jennifer Williams, executive director of the Santa Clara County Farm Bureau.

“The nurseries work for months to have their plants ready for the trials, and they switch plants out each day to ensure they look their freshest,” she said.

Local participants include HeadStart Nursery and Syngenta Flowers in Gilroy, Speedling in San Juan Bautista and Sakata Seeds (which is based on Morgan Hill but is hosting their trials at their nursery in Salinas).

Described on the event’s website as “the genesis of the floriculture industry,” the California Spring Trials is a week where “prominent plant breeders, propagation specialists, growers, marketing professionals and plant enthusiasts present, share and discuss the floriculture industry’s bounty at several open houses throughout California.”

Not far off on the calendar is the Gilroy Rotary Club’s Annual Flower Fest, a fundraiser presented in conjunction with Syngenta Flowers. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 7 in the Syngenta Flowers greenhouse located at 2280 Hecker Pass Highway in Gilroy. 

Flower Fest features an array of hanging baskets and “the most pristine flowers you’ll ever buy.” Proceeds will benefit local charities in Gilroy. 

Details: Call Syngenta Flowers at (408) 847-7333

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