Opening its doors for the 10th annual tours, Westerlay (http://www.westerlayorchids.com/) will also continue its tradition of community support over the entire week preceding the event, April 9 to April 14. Carpinteria Education Foundation, the nonprofit supporting public schools in Carpinteria, will receive 100 percent of proceeds from orchids sold at Westerlay’s showroom during this period. Toine’s wife Kandie is a former counselor in Carpinteria schools, and they remain dedicated to the success of the public school district. CEF will administer the money to Aliso Elementary School, where it will be used to fund art programs through the Children's Creative Project.
Carpinteria Valley, known as “America’s Flower Basket,” has long been central to domestic flower production. It contains the greatest concentration of growers in the U.S. and represents the best-of-the-best in the field. Dozens of Dutch farmers chose to relocate to the ideal climate of Carpinteria generations ago and helped to create a lasting and successful industry.
At Westerlay, tour attendees will see eco-conscious advancements in the nursery industry. The greenhouse’s newly installed system for recapturing irrigation reduces water use by 30 percent. Long a pioneer in environmental sustainability, Westerlay has instituted best-practices to attain the highest ratings for efficiency and green technologies.
Tour attendees can start and stop at any point on their self-guided tour around Carpinteria Valley. Maps of participating growers are at http://www.carpinteriafarmtours.com/map.
Each participating greenhouse will plan its own special attractions for the day of the event, and many will offer discounts on the freshest flowers, directly from the source.
Don’t miss the chance to meet Toine Overgaag and his team and tour behind the scenes at Westerlay Orchids, 3504 Via Real, Carpinteria, California.