Cal Poly, Miracle-Gro win trophies with California Grown florals in 2017 Rose Parade

Miracle-Gro “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” won the Queen’s Trophy f or Most Effective Use and Display of Roses in Concept, Design and Presentation in the 2017 Rose Parade. It was designed by Stan Meyer and built by Fiesta Parade Floats. Four former Rose Queens were aboard. Copyright 2017 Ramona Monteros

 

by Laura Berthold Monteros

Two award-winning floats in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1 were covered in flowers and other materials grown right here in California. The two floats, representing Cal Poly Universities and Scott’s Miracle-Gro, have strong ties to California. Both received California Grown certification (more about that in an upcoming article). All the Miracle-Gro riders are also California Grown, and the Cal Poly float is built by the two Cal Poly Universities in San Luis Obispo and Pomona.

For more about the flowering, read the captions in the photo gallery.

Cal Poly “A New Leaf” won the Founders' Trophy for Most Beautiful Float Built and Decorated by Volunteers from a Community Organization in the 2017 Rose Parade. The family of chameleons reflects the theme “Echoes of Success” in the support Cal Poly families give their students.
Cal Poly “A New Leaf” won the Founders’ Trophy for Most Beautiful Float Built and Decorated by Volunteers from a Community Organization in the 2017 Rose Parade. The family of chameleons reflects the theme “Echoes of Success” in the support Cal Poly families give their students.

“Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” another stunningly beautiful float from Miracle-Gro, fittingly  won the Queen’s Trophy for Most Effective Use and Display of Roses in Concept, Design and Presentation with four former Rose Queens in a Cinderella carriage pulled by a flock of monarch butterflies. It was the 50th Rose Parade anniversary for Barbara Laughray Boyd (1967), who was joined by Aliya Coher (1995), Mary McCluggage (2007), and Madison E. Triplett (2015). DIY personality Ty Pennington was the coachman. Read more about each one on the Miracle-Gro Rose Parade site. The float was designed by Stan Meyer and built by Fiesta Parade Floats.

Cal Poly Universities “A New Leaf” won the Founders’ Trophy for Most Beautiful Float Built and Decorated by Volunteers from a Community Organization. It featured the animated innovations for which Cal Poly is known in a tropical rain forest inhabited by a family of chameleons. The two schools work year-round on their parade float, which is built in two segments. The northern campus builds the rear portion and the southern campus builds the front. The rear portion is trucked to Pomona in mid-October. Throughout the year, and especially the last three months, leaders and members of the float program drive down for weekends to work on the project.

Read “California Milk Advisory Board celebrates 200+ years of dairy farming with 2017 Rose Parade float” for more Californa Grown.

Both Cal Poly campuses have strong agricultural programs, so growing their own flowers and working with local flower farmers is integral to the Rose Float Program. The float sported 95 percent California grown florals. The Cal Poly motto, “Learn By Doing,” is exemplified by the float, through student management of flower fields, cutting-edge float technology, and the building and decorating of the float. Students of all majors and backgrounds do the welding, metal shaping, machining, foam carving, woodworking, painting, and flower harvesting

To see the technology in action, watch this video of the animation test.

More than 85 percent of the florals on the Miracle-Gro float were grown in California. In an interview with KTLA, Fiesta floral director Jim Hynd said that he believed the Miracle-Gro float had a greater variety of roses than any other float in the 2017 Rose Parade. He said that Fiesta pulled together the greatest variety they could get this time of year.

 

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