Six vegetable breeding companies focusing on the Fresh Market and Home Garden segments are coming together to host Summer Vegetable Trials via Open Houses and Field Days in seven locations from August 10-21, 2015. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit breeding company’s trial sites throughout the state.

Customers, growers and the media should contact each company below to arrange their visit. Please note that not all stops are open all 11 days. Visits will focus on observing new varieties in a field or garden setting, learning about new breeding and marketing opportunities from the respective hosts.

National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, organized and publicized this event on behalf of our members.

Individual companies hosting a Field Day or Open House during August are:

1. PanAmerican Seed, 335 Briggs Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Crops featured: Vegetables and Cut Flowers, 2015 AAS Ornamental Trials
PH: (630) 588-3429
Dates: August 10 – 14, 2015
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: Josh Kirschenbaum –

2. Sakata Seed, 105 Boronda Road, Salinas, CA
Crops featured: Cool crops. 2015 AAS Edible/Vegetable and Ornamental trials.
PH: 831-758-0505
Dates: August 10 – 14 2015
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.

3. Sakata Seed, 12498 Country Road 100, Woodland, CA 95776
Crops featured: Warm crops
PH: 530-458-7333
Dates: August 12 – 14, 2015
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.

4. Seeds By Design/Terra Organics, 1024 Washington Street, Willows, CA 95988
Crops featured: Cucumber, Herbs, Squash, Pumpkin, Gourd, Pepper, Tomato, Melon and Watermelon. 2015 AAS Edible/Vegetable trials. &
Open House Date: August 21, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with noon luncheon
PH: 530-438-2126
Contact: Miles Rogers or Susan Birdseye or

5. Seminis/Monsanto, 2700 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard, CA 93030
(Not the actual trial location, details will be provided after appointments are made.)
Crops featured: Tomatoes, peppers, latest launches including squash, lettuce and broccoli.
PH: 805-918-2057
Dates: August 11 – 13, 2015
Appointments are mandatory, no drop-ins.
Contact: Rebecca Rehberg –

6. Syngenta at Syngenta Flowers, 2280 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA
Crops featured: In-ground and patio trials featuring tomato, pepper, squash, beans, cantaloupe and watermelon. 2015 AAS Ornamental trials.
PH: 408-847-7333
Dates: August 10 – 20, 2015
Contact: Jeannine Bogard –

7. Vegetalis/Floranova, 222 North A Street, Lompoc, CA 93436
Crops featured: Full range of compact vegetables perfectly suited for patios and small spaces.
PH: 574-594-9284
Dates: August 10 – 13*, 2015
*Call to inquire about additional availability.
Contact: Ashley Ransbottom –