Apr 9, 2014
Spring Trials First TimerBy pmihalek

Well, I finally made it – California Spring Trials 2014. I can cross it off my hort bucket list. I’m on day five of six, traveling the California coast (SFO to LAX) with my peeps from our sister publication GPN magazine.

Being the newbie, there was pretty much only one thing I expected – lots of flowers. Whether it’s a new introduction, an improved variety or new packaging, Spring Trials is the event to get wowed by what’s coming down the pipeline.

But I’ve been so surprised by the retail-focused displays at many of the stops. And while I’ve clocked more than 1,200 photos on my camera with two more days to go, check out this small merchandising gallery from the trip on Lawn & Garden Retailer’s Facebook page. And if you like what you see, don’t worry, I’ve got plenty more where that came from.

Flower Power

As for new varieties at Spring Trials, we have you covered there, too. Check out GPN’s coverage of this weeklong event at www.CaliforniaSpringTrials.com. Click on the gallery tab – updated daily – to see all of the newest and most improved varieties.

How’s Your Spring Training?

To help you with your ongoing employee training efforts, on April 29, GPN magazine will present a webinar for growers and retailers on how you can inspire and refresh your team for the spring season.

“What Spring Training Really Should Look Like” will be presented by Dr. Bridget K. Behe, Ph.D., professor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University. It will take place April 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.



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