Apr 18, 2018
Down the CoastBy Abby Kleckler

Days 3 and 4 of California Spring Trials have come and gone, and we haven’t been disappointed with many more new varieties and stellar displays. We started off Day 3 at American Takii followed by Sakata, both in Salinas, before heading down to Dümmen Orange’s location at the Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo.

American Takii showcased its presence in the cut flower market along with new cannas, while at the same stop Hilverdakooij had a scented dianthus that caught our eye.

We’ve come to expect beautiful landscapes and merchandising displays from Sakata, and this year was no different. The combinations were unstoppable, and the all-new SuperCal Premium line with five autumnal colors was a welcome introduction.

At Dümmen Orange, a whole tent was dedicated to retail concepts for all the seasons from Valentine’s Day through the holiday season, and they focused on including all plant categories in single displays. See a video on our Facebook page here. 

For Day 4 we started off in Buelton at Windmill Nursery with fun playground displays from Terra Nova Nurseries, new calla packaging from 2Plant International and some regal ideas from J Berry Nursery for its new Crown Jewel begonias.

Our last stop of the day was the massive PanAmerican Seed location with all of the Ball Horticultural companies, and that’s where we’ll pick up in our newsletter on Friday.

Until then, check out the highlights below — make sure to click on the images for a great description of each:

Fragrant Dianthus

This new Kaylee dianthus had a nice scent and beautiful blooms, but what really caught my eye was the cute tag designed like a perfume bottle that explains the story from across the room.

Cut Flowers
American Takii

This display of multiple varieties of sunflowers was an explosion of yellow that showcased their impact in the garden and as cut flowers. The contact paper stonework was also an inexpensive way to spice up an otherwise plain container.

Small but Mighty

The message for retailers with Calipetite calibrachoas from Sakata is to display them in containers that complement their small habit, so customers know exactly what they are getting. The birdhouses and cages would make cute gift ideas as well.

Unique Tags

What better way to designate full sun varieties than with a beach umbrella? This whimsical tag from MasterTag, who exhibited at the Sakata stop, added some pizazz to this display of floating planters.

Easter Sales
Dümmen Orange

One message at Dümmen Orange was that they have product for all seasons: Valentine’s Day, Easter, spring, the hot days of summer and the holidays. This Easter display not only included the expected callas and osteos but also air plants.

Holiday Blooms
Dümmen Orange

All the seasonal displays at Dümmen Orange showcased a variety of their plant categories from annuals alongside perennials to cut flowers alongside bedding plants.

Playground Displays
Terra Nova Nurseries

Terra Nova had a playground and picnic theme this year that worked cohesively together with a lewisia see-saw, a heuchera swing set and a mix-and-match merry-go-round that would be the envy of any Pinterest enthusiast.

Bloom Extension
2Plant International

In order to combat the short bloom times of lilies and give retailers a longer selling period, 2Plant International combined two varieties — one that blooms in 55 days and the second that takes 68 days — in the same container.




Abby Kleckler

Abby is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected]


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