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CA Grown floats shine at Tournament of Roses

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Secretary Ross with representatives of Miracle Gro and its award-winning float, ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses.’

I was honored and very pleased to be asked back to officiate the California Grown certification ceremonies for flowers on floats in this year’s Rose Parade.  You can’t help but get caught-up in the festive energy in Pasadena, and the stunning flowers on display add to a simply wonderful experience.

Cal Poly's float, 'A New Leaf.'

Cal Poly’s award-winning float, ‘A New Leaf.’

FTD provided flowers for dignitaries’ cars that really showcased the beauty and diversity of CA GROWN, and floats put together by the California Milk Advisory Board and Miracle Gro (an award-winner!) were really eye-catching this year.

Another highlight of the day was the Cal Poly Universities’ float –all student-designed and executed by teams of students in Pomona and San Luis Obispo. Called “A New Leaf,” it won the Founders Award for most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization. The effort was creative, innovative and inspiring, and we’re reminded that young people who “learn by doing” prove that our future is in good hands!

The California Milk Advisory Board's float.

The California Milk Advisory Board’s float.

Miracle Gro's 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' float won the Queen's Trophy for most effective use and display of roses.

Miracle Gro’s float in action. It won the Queen’s Trophy for most effective use and display of roses.

FTD provided flowers for vehicles carrying dignitaries such as the grand marshal.

FTD provided flowers for vehicles carrying dignitaries, such as the grand marshal. | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

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