|Gerber daisies as far as the eye can see. I did not want to leave Maximum Nursery.|
Easing back into the blog, here are some photos from the 6th Annual Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery Tour held on Saturday, March 29. This free event lets visitors tour several flower farms to get an idea of what it takes to grow the beautiful California flowers that Carpinteria is so famous for. Carpinteria is actually known as the flower basket of the United States.
A self-guided tour, you were able to visit as many (or as few) of the farms and nurseries as you liked. Not surprisingly, with a last name like Gerber, I made sure to visit a Gerbera daisy producer and was not disappointed in the tour offered by Winfred Van Wingerden of Maximum Nursery. I am thinking they need to hire this Gerber to help spread the Gerber daisy love!!!
As I always do, I want to remind everyone to buy local and support our California farmers whenever we can. That also extends to flowers, so buy #cagrown and #caflowers! The good news is that this is easily done. Did you know that there are 120 acres of Gerber daisies grown in the United States and 80% of them are grown in Carpinteria? And, that you don't even have to visit there to get some? If you are a Trader Joe's shopper, you can find fresh bouquets of Maximum Nursery Gerber daisies year round!
|Beautiful Maximum Nursery Gerbera daisies all wrapped and ready for purchase|
|Beautiful two-toned Gerbera daisy from Maximum Nursery|
|Brilliantly colored Maximum Nursery Gerbera|
|More Gerbera love from Maximum Nursery|