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Our small suburban flower farm in San Clemente, California was where I got started growing and selling cut flowers. In order to contend with the big guys in such a competitive market, I realized the value of having unique flowers that designers and florists would love. That's where our zinnia breeding journey began. 

As part of my flower farming adventure, I planted all kinds of perennials and annuals, including ‘Giant Cactus’ zinnias. While I’d grown zinnias before, the ‘Giant Cactus’ variety was so dynamic with its twisted, twirling, tubular petals, and massive flower heads. It was unlike any flower I’d ever seen. I brought them faithfully to market each week and watched as the champagne, blush and peach-colored ones were snatched up before I could even finish unloading the rest of my flowers. Tucked in designers’ arms where no one else could claim them, the designers looked like they’d just scored the best deal and hoped no one else noticed until the bunches were paid for, irrevocably their own. This happened every week and there simply weren’t enough of those colors in my mix to satisfy the demand. With only mixes of multiple colors available commercially, I decided to save the last of my favorites at the end of the season for the bees to pollinate thinking I would grow the seed and have just the colors I wanted.   

 Silly me. Simply saving my favorites was no guarantee I’d get more of the same. In fact, among my new seedlings, there were far more of every color I didn’t want! In spite of studying Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture in college I was never exposed to the specifics of zinnia breeding. I knew the general rules and process but had no idea how to actually pollinate a zinnia. In fact, couldn’t even identify the necessary parts. Undaunted, the compulsion to learn more drove me to search online for more information.

Fast forward several years of investigating and writing and I've complied The Zinnia Breeder's Handbook sharing everything I've learned and been taught all about zinnia breeding for anyone to try. All the while, I continued developing my seed lines and pursued developing new varieties
Recently our farm moved to Gardnerville, Nevada where the summers are perfect for growing the heat-loving zinnias free from typical diseases with lots of room for development.
Our goal now is to develop our zinnias  in those lovely colors and textures and get them into the world to everyone who wants to grow them for their own businesses, to add their unique genetics into their own projects, or simply to enjoy. For those who want to, we hope you collect and save the seed to replant and enjoy as it moves you. 
Your donation will help support our efforts to continue to expand our current zinnia lines, develop new ones waiting for their turn and  to create new, unique beauties. 
We are so grateful for all the enthusiasm, support and kindness you have shown over the last several years as we've moved through this process and are thrilled to finally be able to get our seed into your hands.