Tour des Fleurs
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On the Coastside, we are always eager to show off our amazing flowers and plants, and Tour des Fleurs offers the public a once-a-year opportunity to tour our local nurseries/greenhouses, working harbor, and farms. Many of these businesses are not ordinarily open to the public and during Tour des Fleurs they invite you for a “behind the scenes” tour of their facilities and operations. Some will share helpful tips to pruning and caring for flowers, others will share their key to an efficient operation whether it’s a nursery or farm, and some will share their colorful and fascinating family history and how it shaped their businesses today.
This year we are excited to announce a wide variety of experiences; special flower gardens, calla lilies, oceans of roses and hydrangeas, organic herbs and field greens, California native plants, a working dairy farm, grass fed livestock, a Coastal Farmer’s Market tour, Pillar Point Harbor and sustainable fishing, and an abundance of potted plants of every variety as well as an aquaponics farm.
Each tour package takes you to three different nurseries. You drive yourself to each nursery in your package and enjoy a one hour guided tour. There are six different tour packages to choose from, and each tour package of three nurseries costs only $25. That’s right…a whole day of learning about nature for just $25!
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2015 Tour Locations:
- Bay City – This third generation family owned business is one of the largest Hydrangea growers and also one of the most efficient commercial potted plant growers in the nation. They grow for high end commercial merchants such as Calyx Flowers and Red Envelope. You can also find their potted flowers and plants under the label Hana Bay Flower in upscale garden centers.
- Coastside Farmer’s Market - John Muller, 2002 Farmer of the Year with 30 years experience, will tour you through our diverse Farmer’s Market complete with flowers, fruits, vegetables, fish, herbs, handmade crafts and soaps, and much more from some of the most fertile farmland in the West. This market is very locally focused and folks will meet a dozen Coastside Farmers in one fell swoop. Farmer John is a wealth of information and has represented American farmers on numerous governmental committees and water boards, and is the former Mayor of Half Moon Bay!
- Green Oaks Creek Farm & Retreat – Owner Stephanie Jennings will take you on a guided tour of her working organic farm which offers educational programs for children and adults.
- Giusti Farms - Giusti Farms is a vegetable farm in Half Moon Bay specializing in traditional Coastside crops such as Brussels Sprouts, Artichokes, English Peas and Green Beans. Giusti Farms raises approximately 350 acres of these crops on four separate properties in the Half Moon Bay area. John Giusti is a third generation farmer and his family has farmed on the Johnston Ranch since 1949.
- Pastorino’s - Owner Hank Pastorino will guide you through hot houses and fields of flowers.
- Harley Farms Goat Dairy – Harley Farms Goat Dairy, the home of 300 Alpine goats produces fresh award winning cheese daily in what is now the last remaining dairy farm in San Mateo Co. You’ll also take a walk on the wild side at Harley Farms, into their 20 acres of secluded pasture, ancient orchard and gently restored secret garden, to meet their beehives and rabbits under the trees and rambling roses.
- Johnston House – Tour the historic James Johnston House, a classic New England Salt-box, circa 1853-55 built by a pioneer Scot for his Californiano bride, Petra de Jara.
- Markegard Ranch – Visit a 1000 acre coastal grass-fed ranch and learn how they raise and sell their beef, pork, lamb and laying hens.
- Oku – Originally one of the premier rose growers in the United States and now also specializing in field flowers. See their hydroponically grown flowers that sometimes grow an inch a day! Owners Steve and James Oku will personally lead you on a fascinating tour of this 100 year old business.
- Ouroboros Farm– Owner Ken Armstrong will show you how they blend Aquaculture (raising fish) and Hydroponics (growing in water) to produce incredibly pure, delicious produce, while using just a fraction of the resources required with other modern farming methods. This Aquaponics Farm is the evolution of farming.
- Pillar Point Harbor – Enjoy a tour of a working harbor by a fisherman and learn about sustainable fishing practices. You can even buy fish right off the boat!
- Rocket Farms - Founded by Carl and Virginia Pearlstein more than 60 years ago, Rocket Farms has grown into one of America's leading Wholesale Home and Garden companies. Wholesale only, their BloomRite® brand includes blooming plants, tropical plants and foliage, bulbs and packaged shrubs. They also carry a complete line of home and garden designs.
- World’s Rare Plants - Owners/Sisters Mary and Jan and their husbands will take you on a guided tour through our Carnivorous Plant nursery. They have carnivorous plants from around the world: Venus Fly Traps and Pitcher Plants from Southeastern United States, Sundews from Australia, Japan, Africa, and Brazil, Pinguiculas from Mexico and South America, and Nepenthes from the Tropics.
- Yerba Buena Nursery – In operation since 1960, Yerba Buena is now located in Half Moon Bay in a beautiful glass greenhouse at Pastorino Farms. Take home California Native Plants for your drought tolerant garden, or sign up for an on-site consultation to make your dream landscape a reality. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer your plant questions or make recommendations.
Make a weekend of it! There are over 25 lodging facilities on the Coast and a wonderful variety of restaurants. Tour Half Moon Bay and the Coast, stroll our beaches, hike our trails, shop our Main Street…we’re an unspoiled place just waiting to spoil you!
Advance ticket purchases are required as there is limited availability on each tour.
Click here to see the tour packages or to reserve your ticket today!
Photo by Buzz Lawrance.