Four entries in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2016 earned California Grown certification from the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC). In order to achieve this status, at least 85 percent of the floral materials used must be grown in state. Actually, there were seven units, if the Tournament entries of four jammers carrying Rose Parade celebrities are counted separately.
The entries were California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) “Adventures in Real Food,” Cal Poly Universities “Sweet Shenanigans,” Miracle-Gro “Life Starts Here,” and the Yellowstone and Glacier jammer vehicles carrying Tournament Pres. Mike Matthiessen, Grand Marshal Ken Burns, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductees Mark Brunell, Tyrone Wheatley and Jim Muldoon. All three of the floats won trophies in addition to the CCFC award.
With the hundreds of thousands of fresh flowers used in the Rose Parade every year, it isn’t possible for very many floats to reach 85 percent of California grown materials, and it can be more costly and limit the choices of florals. For some sponsors, though, it is important to get the certification. CMAB, for example, was representing California’s dairy industry and Miracle-Gro was promoting home gardening. The photo list below has more about each entry and links to previous articles in this column.
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National Parks Service jammers
FTD Florist J. Keith White, AIFD CFD, joked about the jammers—buses used to ferry tourists in National Parks in the early part of the 20th century—had the same name as his. His photo can be seen on the poster in front of the bus. He and his group of FTD florists won California Grown certification for the second year in a row. The green mats as oasis block on the fenders are to protect the cars and hold the flowers. Read more about the cars and the people who rode in them in “Rose Parade celebrities find adventure in National Parks jammer buses.”
California Milk Advisory Board
This was the first Rose Parade for the California Milk Advisory Board, and it was a big one. The float, “Adventures in Real Food,” won the Tournament Special Trophy for exceptional merit in multiple classifications. Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for CMAB, told Examiner, “It was important to us to promote the message of buying products made with California milk, so it’s important to us to use California products on the float.” Read more about the float and California’s place in dairy farming nationally in “California milk, California cheese, California grown wins Rose Parade award.”
Cal Poly Universities
“Sweet Shenanigans” marked the fifth year in a row that a Cal Poly Universities float was certified as California Grown. It won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for most beautiful non-commercial float. The Cal Poly float clubs in San Luis Obispo and Pomona combine agriculture with engineering and design to create floats that consistently win awards. For this float, students met with Central California farmers who have continuously donated to the program. Read more about the great animation on this float in “Cal Poly ‘Sweet Shenanigans’ wins Leishman trophy in 2016 Rose Parade.”
Five California home gardeners, including television host Ty Pennington, brought flowers to Fiesta Parade Floats for the “Life Starts Here” to help achieve the 85 percent threshold. Bees, birds and butterflies flitted around a generic California mission reflected Miracle-Gro’s commitment to pollinator gardens. It won the Governor’s Trophy for best depiction of life in California. Read more about it in “Miracle-Gro ‘Life starts here’ wins 2016 Governor’s trophy, CA Grown.”
From farm to float
Examiner got a shot of these two young women in their Miracle-Gro T-shirts during Deco Week at Fiesta Parade Floats. The message on the shirts, “From farm to float,” expresses support for California growers.
Pollinating at the Showcase of Floats
The Miracle-Gro area at the post-Rose Parade Showcase of Floats has gardening activities for all ages, as well as educational exhibits and material. Visitors could get their snapshots taken in a virtual field of California Golden Poppies.