More Americans, enjoying more flowers, more often...

Volume VI, Issue 7

July 2020

In This Issue ...

    1. NEW Exclusive "Members Only" Benefit
    2. New "Legislation" Tab On The CalFlowers Website
    3. SAF Reinvention Summit
    4. SAVE The Date 2021 Fun 'N Sun Convention
    5. Please Update Your Records
    6. FedEx Office Discounts For CalFlowers Members
    7. CalFlowers Social Media
    8. Transportation
    9. New Members 

Latest Legislation

Click Here to read the latest Legislative updates.

First Advantage Business Solutions
Attn: CalFlowers
10727 Paramount Blvd. Ste. 8
Downey, Ca. 90241


Social Media

Visit the CalFlowers Facebook page 

Check in for news, upcoming events, photos, and topical items.  

Find us on Instagram:
IG: @Calflowers_association 

lower Of The Month:

Larkspur & Water Lily

The larkspur and water lily—are dramatic head-turners, with one being the star of water features and the other capable of growing a towering spike of flowers! 


Each color variation of the larkspur has a different meaning:

  • Pink means fickleness
  • White conveys a happy nature
  • Purple normally represents a first love
  • Blue signifies grace

Generally, larkspur indicates strong bonds of love.


The other July birth flower is the water lily, which symbolizes purity and majesty.

Aside from being lovely in their own right, water lilies are often used in ponds to deter the growth of algae and to shade and cool the water for resident fish and frogs.


For Members Only Access

Click Here for a quick reference guide on how to log into the members only site.

Past CalFlowers Newsletters

Click Here to view past CalFlowers Newsletters, now available on our website.

CalFlowers News

Our goal is to communicate with our members and interested parties on a monthly basis about recent, past, and upcoming events, program updates, and general information about CalFlowers engagement in the industry on behalf of the membership.

If you have an announcement or story you think our members should see, contact Monnaie Pepin, Director of Member Relations and Events.

New Member Spotlight

To see all of our past New Member Spotlight stories Click Here.

NEW Exclusive "Members Only" Benefit 

CalFlowers is excited to announce a new partnership with SFP that can significantly reduce your monthly processing expenses and gives you access to exclusive members only benefits.

Service First Processing (SFP) is a leading provider of credit card processing and electronic payment services. We make accepting credit cards simple, efficient and more profitable for your company. CalFlowers and SFP have put together a special "members only program" that is guaranteed to reduce your cost of credit card processing.  Additionally, you can get an annual rebate on Credit Card Processing Fees as well as free enhanced reporting, loaner equipment and a dedicated member help line.

Click Here to learn more.

New "Legislation" Tab On The CalFlowers Website

CalFlowers has added a New tab to its website called "Legislation".  We will add important links that we feel can help our members stay current with legislative issues.

Click Here to read the latest legislation updates: 

  • AB-1205 CCFC/Membership: Reconvening Commission
  • AB-1035 COVID-19 emergency: small businesses: immunity from civil liability

SAF Reinvention Summit

SAF’s Reinvention Summit, July 27-31, will tackle big questions like how will COVID-19 reshape when, why— and how— consumers buy goods and services? What are the top factors that will influence flower buying in the next six months? How do you create a new framework and find ways to let go, move on and reimagine who you and your business might become? That’s why CalFlowers is excited to be a Panel Sponsor during the Reinvention Summit.

Click here to learn more and register for this event.

Save The Date:
2021 Fun 'N Sun Convention

We're excited to announce the dates and location of CalFlowers Fun 'N Sun Convention in 2021! 

August 25 - 28, 2021

Spend the end of your summer in Coronado, enjoying the Fun 'N Sun Convention at the iconic Hotel del Coronado. 

Click Here to learn more

Join us as we celebrate CalFlowers
80th Anniversary (1941 - 2021)

Fun ‘N Sun is a floral industry convention like no other. Join colleagues from around the country and experience firsthand the farms that grow your California flowers – along with informative programs and quality networking opportunities.

Flower Farm Tours • Flower Fair • Industry Education • 
Golf Tournament

For questions please contact:
Monnaie Pepin at (831) 479-4912 Ext. 4

Please Update Your Records


CalFlowers has a new mailing address.  Please update your records to reflect the new payment mailing address:

First Advantage Business Solutions
Attn: CAFG&S/CalFlowers
10727 Paramount Blvd. Ste. 8
Downey, Ca. 90241
(831) 479-4912 Ph.
(831) 479-4914 Fax


2020/2021 CalFlowers Membership Dues Have Been Emailed

The 2020/2021 membership dues renewal notifications were emailed out on July 9th to those members that still had unpaid invoices

The new payment deadline for your annual dues is now September 1, 2020 this year.  We have given all of our members an extra 3 months to pay due to the COVID-19 shutdown.  

Make payment (to our new mailing address below) by September 1st to retain your member benefits, which include discounted transportation rates from FedEx, GLS, and OnTrac; your company listing in our online member directory; an invitation to the biennial Fun 'N Sun convention; networking opportunities within the floral community, and much more.  Look for your membership renewal email with a convenient link and instructions for how to pay your dues invoice using your credit card. 

First Advantage Business Solutions
Attn: CAFG&S / CalFlowers
10727 Paramount Blvd. Ste. 8
Downey, Ca. 90241
(831) 479-4912 Ph.
(831) 479-4914 Fax

If you are paying your dues via check, please make the check payable to: CAFG&S and mail to the address above.

If you did not receive your dues renewal email, have problems logging in to our website, or have any questions or concerns, please contact Lani Conklin (831) 479-4912 Ext. 2 or via email at [email protected].

(Note: To ensure that you receive the dues renewal notification emails from CalFlowers, you can whitelist [email protected] by adding it to your list of Safe Senders.  If you are not sure how to do this, please contact your company's technical support team.)

FedEx Office Discounts For CalFlowers Members

FedEx Office is offering CalFlowers members significant discounts on printing and production projects ranging from simple black and white copy jobs to signage and banners.

Click Here to learn more and start saving today!

FedEx Office discounts and benefits available to members:

  • Over 81% discount off black and white copies *
  • Over 53% discount off color copies *
  • 15% off all other services related to print
  • Access to 2,000 FedEx Offices nationwide
  • Free local delivery for most print projects $25 or more within 30 miles of the production center

CalFlowers Social Media

CalFlowers utilizes social media to help spread the word of our members, feature you across our platforms, and support each and every one of you. We want to see you succeed, share your images & campaigns, keep you up to date and so much more. 

We have hopes to allow you to mingle with others that have the same attitude, interest and goals. A community with support, a safe place to ask questions, reach out for help, but most of all, platforms where you will be surrounded with like-minded members. 

Click Here for CalFlowers Facebook Group

Click Here for CalFlowers Facebook Page

Find us on Instagram: @Calflowers_association 

Any questions or comments please contact:
Lani Conklin (831) 479-4912 Ext. 2 or via email: [email protected]


As a reminder, current shipping rates and program information is on the CalFlowers Members' Only website.  Members using their log-ins can access this information anytime.  Rates on FedEx, GLS, OnTrac, and airlines can all be found, as well as other handy information.  For questions or comments on any of our programs, please contact Chris Johnson for assistance at (760) 533-5580 or [email protected].

To all of our new members who are just starting with FedEx shipping, FedEx has a nice “Customer Training” service that is available upon request.  This service offers shipper direct one-on-one assistance from FedEx covering many of the questions new shippers have.  If interested, members just need to contact Chris Johnson ([email protected])  to sign up.

For members wanting to contact their local FedEx representative, feel free to contact me and I will put you in touch.  It’s always a good idea to establish a relationship with local FedEx field representatives who many times can help out when you need them.  [email protected]

As a reminder, the Money Back Guarantee (MBG) is still suspended until further notice due to the COVID pandemic. Also bare in mind, when the MBG is reinstated, shippers must make the request no later than 15 days from the invoice date.  Requests after the 15 day time period will not be honored.

We also want to remind members that FedEx SameDay is also available to members who require SameDay delivery options.  For more information, please contact Chris Johnson at [email protected]

We would also like to remind members to stay current with their FedEx Express shipping invoices. FedEx payment terms are 15 days.  All members shipping on FedEx Express are expected to stay within the FedEx payment terms.  To obtain your invoice details and payment options, please contact FedEx Customer Service.

For members who wish to move PALLETIZED freight on FedEx, CalFlowers can help direct you to customized solutions and pricing.  FedEx Freight is an excellent option when your shipments call for pallets. Interested members should contact Chris Johnson at [email protected] for more information.

GLS has a nice company promotional video that is worth checking out. 
Visit to have a look.  
Click Here to learn more about GLS.. 

The CalFlowers GLS program is one of our fastest growing, most value-priced offerings, with discounts over 70% off standard rates.  GLS provides our members express door-to-door services to CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA, NM, UT and ID.  Members who want to ship on GLS must sign up in advance. It’s easy and just takes a few minutes.  Please contact Chris Johnson for more details at (760) 533-5580 or [email protected].      

 For members looking for service into Colorado, Ontrac offers 2 day service from California at no extra cost.   Delivery areas are limited so be sure to check with OnTrac.

We know that OnTrac got their start in California and services every ZIP code within California, but did you know OnTrac also services seven other Western States?  OnTrac has 2-day service into WA, OR, ID, NV, UT, AZ, and CO.  And to help understand the service parameters, OnTrac has a very nice “Time and Transit Map” under Zip Tools on their website.  This handy map loaded from YOUR zip code helps you understand OnTrac’s overnight commitment areas.  To download your map, please visit:


In Airline news, for those members that missed our announcement, CalFlowers has put together a new program with JetBlue Cargo.   JetBlue offers CalFlowers members exceptional express prices out of LAX to Boston, New York, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Puerto Rico. These new rates are some of the best we’ve see in some time.  For more information, please contact Chris Johnson at [email protected] or Mark Friedenthal at JetBlue Blue Cargo 310-490-2659.

Recently we added Air Canada Cargo rates to our transportation portfolio.  Our discounted pricing offers good value to Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton out of LAX and SFO.  For more information on these new rates from Air Canada, visit our website or contact me anytime at [email protected].

If you haven’t yet heard about the new CalFlowers/Alaska Airlines shipping program, this exclusive offer is now available for CalFlowers members.

Beginning immediately, Alaska Airlines has lowered the minimum charge form $75 to $50 per waybill.  This improvement should significantly add more value to this already value packed shipping program.

The new Priority Rates are the best we have seen in years and with the Virgin merger completed, Alaska Airlines has an extensive network servicing major popular destinations all across the U.S. Our program works outbound and inbound out of SAN, LAX, and SFO.   To take advantage of this exceptional program, interested members must sign up.  Please contact Chris Johnson to get started at (760) 533-5580 or [email protected].

NOTE: Transportation Rate information and documents are viewable/downloadable as PDFs on the CalFlowers Members Only site. Please note that these documents are considered sensitive material and are available to the primary contacts for Ag Buddy, Associate Floral, Associate Grower, and Floral members.

New Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new CalFlowers members from June 16 - July 16:

Associate Floral

Tropical Blooms Inc.
Miami, FL

Associate Grower

Basecamp Farms
Navasota, TX

Fox Hollow Peony Farm
Nenana, AK

Gibbons Peony Farm
Soldotna, AK

Peony Express
Trapper Creek, AK

Springerhill Farm, LLC
Nenana, AK


Plant Madness
Chico, CA



538 W. Trimble Rd.
San Jose, CA 95131 

Ph. 831-479-4912 | Fax 831-479-4914