Experience the wonder beneath the glass
On September 26, 2020, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, heads to one of the Golden State’s crown jewels, Ocean Breeze Farms in Arroyo Grande.
Your dinner experience will include a feast for the eyes, thanks to the innovative tablescapes by Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore, a renowned American floral designer.
You'll also enjoy a multi-course artisan meal surrounded by rows and rows of stunning flowers alongside flower aficionados like yourself, while learning about the value of buying and supporting Certified American Grown Flowers.
Ocean Breeze has helped define California floriculture for a diverse domestic market. At its various sites, Ocean Breeze grows Gerbera daisies, oriental hybrid lilies, tulips and hydrangeas.
Guests at the Field to Vase Dinner will be introduced to rows and rows of colorful greenhouse-grown Gerbera daisies and will be surrounded by the farm's avocado tree orchard.
The Flower Farm
Ocean Breeze Farms was founded in Carpinteria, California, in 1973 by Rene Van Wingerden. In the early years, Ocean Breeze grew chrysanthemums, which are still grown by the company in limited quantities to this day. The operation now focuses on gerbera daisies and Oriental lilies in its operations in Carpinteria, Nipomo and Arroyo Grande, which it distributes nationwide through its wholesale customers and mass-market subsidiaries.
The Arroyo Grande location was acquired in 1999 as an 80-acre avocado orchard. A 5.5 acre greenhouse was then developed in the middle of the site for hydroponic cut rose production – at the time one of Ocean Breeze’s main products. Changing markets and international pressures caused Ocean Breeze to stop rose production in 2009.
For nearly a decade after that, hydroponic mini cucumbers were produced for distribution by Windset Farms for retail sales in both Canada and the U.S. In 2019, gerberas were planted to maintain steady year-round production and make up for decreasing gerbera acreage in other parts of California. The first flowers were harvested for Mother’s Day 2019, and most of the production is sold to local bouquet makers on the Central Coast for grocery store sales.
Cool Arroyo Grande nights and mild days net excellent flower quality with increased stem length and bloom size. The climate, together with Ocean Breeze’s commitment to pest scouting and integrated pest management, advanced greenhouse and hydroponic controls, and a well-trained and committed team of employees creates a flower quality that can compete with top production anywhere in the world.
An Extra Tour with Flower Farmer Ivor!
If you’d like to dig deeper into the dedication and science behind growing the flowers, you don’t want to miss the added VIP Farm Tour, available for purchase upon checkout. The VIP Farm Tour is an exclusive opportunity for 20 guests to join flower farmer Ivor Van Wingerden for an hour-long tour of Ocean Breeze Farms. The extra VIP tour will take place prior to the start of the event and includes a VIP reception.
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