Yard, Garden & Patio Show is this weekend!
Join us this weekend for the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers! The show is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. All OAN members are encouraged to come see the latest trends that people are excited about, and see first-hand what OAN is doing to promote our members in the retail, greenhouse and landscape trades.
Highlights of the show include the spectacular Gardens Through the Ages showcase gardens, the Urban Edible Garden, and performances by Billy Derian of the DIY Network TV show Extra Yardage. We also have 46 hours of FREE garden seminars and demonstrations, and plants, plants and more plants in the Remarkable Green Market.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit our website at www.ygpshow.com. For the best deal, visit your local Dennis' 7 Dees for $7 tickets while supplies last. Come for the fun and prepare to be inspired!
Help at the YGP Show and get free admission
We still need volunteers to help at the Parcel Pick Up area at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show. This service is critical to the success of the show. It frees up customers to buy more treasures without having to lug them around the expo floor the entire time. Upon shift completion, volunteers will be rewarded with a free pass for themselves or a friend that can be used any day of the show. The available shifts include Friday 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday 2:45–7:45 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday 2:45–7:45 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Contact Dianne Wiencek at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your shift.
OAN added to governor's water resources workgroup
Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the OAN to participate in a new water resources workgroup. This group will explore a balanced funding mechanism for new water resource development projects. These projects would be designed to protect the state's water for use by families, farms and fish. Other participants in the workgroup will include environmental groups as well as municipalities. The OAN and many other entities have made the case that front-end environmental requirements make the use of bond and loan funds impossible to use by the private sector. Being asked to participate confirms OAN's role as a voice that officials respect and take seriously. "We're in the middle of that issue and we're leading it," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.
OAN involved in driver's license discussions
Leaders representing business, labor, the faith community and law enforcement have been meeting with the governor's office to talk about revising the requirements for an Oregon driver's license. The OAN is a leading participant in this process. State law currently requires applicants to prove their legal presence in the country. This requirement has resulted in an influx of unlicensed, uninsurable drivers on the state's roads. Recently the association has been meeting with Republican and Democratic legislators to craft a bill that would allow undocumented workers to pass the driver's test, be insured and be able to get to work. The State of Illinois passed legislation to allow workers a driver's license and the OAN is working on a solution that would be focused on road safety.
February issue of Digger arrives in mailboxes
The February issue of Digger magazine is out! This month's issue has a feature on beautiful hardy fuchsias (PDF), plus a Member Profile feature article on YGP Show presenter Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers (PDF) and a rundown of various biodegradable plant container options (PDF). You can flip through the whole magazine on your computer, right here (fast connection recommended). To advertise in future issues of Digger, contact Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or email@example.com.
Court ruling puts NLRB decisions in question
Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that the president's use of "recess appointments" in January 2012 to fill three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was unconstitutional. Although the ruling has no immediate effect due to an expected appeal, the last year's worth of NLRB rulings could be invalidated if the ruling stands. Further, it could leave the board with one member and no quorum. Leaders of business organizations have been concerned about the direction of NLRB rulings over the past year and would like to see greater balance on the board. The OAN is particularly concerned about potential "card check" regulations allowing workplaces to be unionized without a traditional election.
New Retail Guide debuts at the YGP Show
This weekend, OAN begins the process of putting the new, full-color Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers map/guide for 2013 into the hands of 30,000 eager gardeners. It lists 153 member retail locations, 45 landscape service firms, 34 mail order nurseries and 31 public gardens. Statewide and regional maps will help these gardeners explore their state and neighborhood and discover new places to shop. The map will be distributed initially at the YGP show. Soon it will be sent to member nurseries, as well as garden centers and visitor and information centers around the state.
Showcase your new plants at Farwest
Planning is underway for the 2013 New Varieties Showcase at this year's Farwest Tradeshow, August 22–24, Portland, Ore. If you have new plants you want to introduce to growers, retailers, landscape professionals and other plant buyers, consider letting us know about your new plant introduction(s) for the New Varieties Showcase.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29, 2013. You'll find selection criteria and submission form at www.farwestshow.com/nvs. If you have questions, please contact Ann Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-582-2011. We look forward to seeing your new plant introductions.
Government Relations Committee to meet at YGP Show
The OAN Government Relations Committee will meet this Friday, Feb. 8, from 1–3 p.m. at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, in Room C-123 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland. The guest speakers will be a panel of House Democrats, including House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D-Eugene), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), and House Agriculture Committee members Rep. Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay) and Rep. Ben Unger (D-Hillsboro). All OAN members are welcome. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Dianne Wiencek at 503-682-5089 or Jeff Stone at email@example.com. At the March 26 meeting, the guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader. Details will be announced at a later date.
Safety Tip: Use the right eye protection for the job
The right eye protection is important when working with certain hazardous chemicals and tools. Depending on the situation, safety goggles or safety glasses may be appropriate. It should be noted that face shields can protect the face against heat, glare or chemicals, but they do not offer sufficient protection for the eyes. Learn more by reading this leaflet in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF). This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Registration open for High Desert Green Industry Conference
The 21st annual High Desert Green Industry Conference will be held Wednesday–Thursday, Feb. 13–14 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, Ore. The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Peters, director of the OAN Lean Team, who will discuss the principles and practices that you and your team can use to create an environment for success. Other presenters are still to be announced. The conference and trade show is designed for green industry professionals who supply, design, maintain or manage landscapes in the Intermountain West. It is presented in partnership by the Oregon State University Extension Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association. Register online today.
Retail and Greenhouse Chapter to hold annual seminars on Feb. 21
The annual OAN Retail and Greenhouse Chapter Industry Seminars will be held Feb. 21 at the Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd. N.W., Salem, Ore. Join industry professionals for a day of educational seminars and networking to prepare you for the coming business year. This year's keynote speaker will be Brian Minter of Minter Gardens. In addition Cheryl Goar, executive director of the Arizona Nursery Association, will lead a discussion of the new Plant Something marketing program. More information is to come. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the trade magazine and trade show floor. Online registration is now live. To learn more, contact Crystal Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-207-2665 or visit www.oan.org.
Sign up to be included in the OAN Wholesale Nursery Map
Now is the time to make sure your nursery is included in the next edition of the OAN Wholesale Nursery Map, coming this spring. The visual map (with major roads and grid coordinates) and listings (with full contact information) help prospective customers and truck drivers find your nursery easily. Copies are distributed through participating nurseries, the OAN office, the Farwest Show and other avenues. There's also an online version with point-to-point driving directions.
Only OAN members may participate in this map, which is produced by the Mt. Hood Chapter. You must sign up or you won't be included. Your cost to participate depends on your number of locations, and the number of maps you request.
You may register online or submit a written application (PDF). The deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. For more information, click here or contact project manager Graham Anderson at 503-663-5224 or email@example.com.
Emerald Empire Meeting
♦ February 6 - What's new on the fertilizer and chemical front
Yard, Garden & Patio Show
♦ February 8 - 10 - Join us for the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ February 21 - Annual Industry Seminars
OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist
Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. Want the details? Our 2013 Exposure Kit is now available. Download it today at www.oan.org/ads2013. To lock in your ads for 2013, contact Advertising and Sponsorship Account Manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.