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Duarte Nursery Friends Day continues to grow

For more than two decades Duarte Nursery has invited customers, friends, family and neighbors to an annual gathering that celebrates the success of a family business

For nearly a quarter-century Duarte Nursery in Hughson, Calif. has invited friends of the nursery – customers, neighbors and others – to an annual event on the first Friday in May commonly known as “Friends Day.”

Since its inception the event has grown from a small gathering of people for tours and a lunch at the nursery to about 2,000 guests and a trade show with about 70 vendors.

This year’s Friends Day honored Jim Bennett, a long-time friend of Duarte Nursery founder Jim Duarte. Bennett and Duarte partnered on an almond variety known as Bennett-Hickman that the nursery is marketing. More than one million of the Bennett-Hickman trees have been sold to growers.

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