Vista florist Dos Gringos finds a place in the sun

Dos Gringos does things a little differently than most cut flower facilities.

Founder, owner, and CEO Jason Levin explains that most sunflowers are grown for their oil and seeds, like those in Ukraine’s now-spotlit sunflower industry. Sunflowers grown by Dos Gringos and its contractors in the US and Mexico are used solely for bouquets and other aesthetic purposes. In fact, Levin believes they were the first and are now, perhaps, the largest ornamental sunflower grower in the world.

When he started the company in 1986 (“actually, it’s only one gringo, but dos gringos just sounded better,” he says), the affable, easygoing Levin decided to go all-in on this one hefty bloom for an important reason: It’s native to North America, so no matter how the flower industry changed, the company’s growing practices would at least be, he says, “aligned with mother nature.”


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