Member Update

Welcome to the e-newsletter!

In an effort to provide you with better information in a more economical fashion, the OAN is transitioning to an electronic version of the Member Update. This month, all members will receive a printed version of the Update, and those with e-mail capability have received the electronic version of the newsletter. You will continue to receive both a printed and electronic version through December. The OAN will make the complete transition to an electronic-format newsletter in January 2006.

Why do an e-newsletter?

By going digital, the OAN can save more than $20,000 in printing and mailing costs per year, money that can be better spent providing new programs and services. And we can present you with photos, images and graphics we are unable to bring to you with a printed format — and we can do it all in color. We’ll be able to put links in the newsletter that will let you easily access more information on a particular topic.

So here’s what we need from you to make the move successful.

  • Updated e-mail addresses. Make sure we have the e-mail address where you want your Member Update to be sent. It’s easy to update your information. Log in to the OAN Web site, click on “Members Only” and then click on “Update my profile.” Scroll down to the header “How should we contact you?” and update the e-mail address listed under “Preferred E-mail.” Finish by clicking “Submit” at the bottom of the page.

  • E-mail addresses of member company employees who would like to or should receive the newsletter. Rather than the single printed copy getting stuck on one person’s desk where no one else can see it, the electronic version can go via e-mail straight to employees, and at no extra expense. To do this, send an e-mail to Beth Farmer at the OAN office at bfarmer@oan.org. List the employees you want added, including their e-mail address. You and your employee will receive a return e-mail with that employee’s Web site log-in information.

  • Your feedback. Let us know what you like or dislike about the new e-newsletter. With your input, we’ll continue to improve the information you receive on a monthly basis. Send feedback to Lisa Kurtz at lkurtz@oan.org or contact Kurtz by phone at the OAN office.

THIS MONTH'S FLIERS:

Oregon nursery, greenhouse sales reach $844 million in 2004

Download the report (PDF)



2006 Nursery Tours

Download the flier (PDF)



2006 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase

Download the flier (PDF)



Oregon Grown logo signs are available!

Download the order form (PDF)



SAIF Seminar Schedule

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Noxious Weed Alert

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Willamette Series Seminars

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Still Rising

Oregon nursery, greenhouse sales reach $844 million in 2004

The Oregon nursery and greenhouse industry continues its upward trend, even topping preliminary numbers released a couple of months ago. With 2004 sales of $844 million — according to the recently released Oregon Nursery & Greenhouse Survey 2004 results — the industry is far and away the top agricultural sector in the state. The figure is an 8 percent increase over 2003’s sales of $779 million.

Container sales continue to dominate the product categories, accounting for 41 percent of the sales for all product types, and growth in sales of container crops accounted for 72 percent of the $65 million increase realized by the industry.

Oregon’s top five producing counties remained the same, with Clackamas leading the way. Washington jumped ahead of Marion in the county figures, followed by Yamhill and Multnomah. The nurseries in these five counties represent 86 percent of the total value of production.

The complete survey roundup is available in PDF format on the OAN Web site. Look for it under “What’s New” on the home page.

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New ad kits

Watch for the 2006 OAN publications’ Advertising Kit

If you currently advertise in OAN’s Digger or Directory & Buyers Guide, watch your mail for your 2006 Advertising Kit. Inside you’ll find ad insertion order forms for Digger, August’s Digger: Farwest Edition and the Directory & Buyers Guide. Alternatively, you’ll be able to do all of your ad space reservations online.

The kit contains rates for display and classified advertising and specifications and deadlines for submitting ads. If you do not receive the advertising kit by Oct. 24, please contact OAN advertising coordinator Chris Sweet at the OAN office and she’ll send one to you, or watch for it being posted online. Call Sweet if you have any questions regarding OAN advertising. Remember, as an OAN member, you receive a considerable break on advertising costs — another OAN member benefit. You can also get special price breaks for 6- and 12-time ad runs.

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2006 Nursery Tours

Would-be hosts needed for Farwest Show next year

The 2005 Farwest Show Nursery Tours brought 220 people from 22 states to visit OAN member nurseries. If you would like to have your nursery considered for the 2006 tours, which will take place Aug. 22 and 23 before the Farwest Show, please complete the back of the 2006 Nursery Tour flier and fax it to Ann Murphy before Dec. 30. Nurseries will be visited and selected by Feb. 28. A maximum of six tours will be organized, with visits to four or five nurseries on each tour (depending on geographic proximity). Interest will likely exceed the ability to accommodate everyone on the tours. If we are unable to accommodate your nursery in 2006, you will be considered for future tours.

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New Varieties Showcase

2006 plant introductions sought for Farwest Show

Are you growing or introducing a new plant in 2006? Consider including it in the Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase, a new feature of the 2006 show. The New Varieties Showcase will direct interested buyers to exhibitors growing the new material: a great sales opportunity for licensors and growers alike. Eligible plants do not have to be trademarked or patented but must be new to the market in 2006, in production and offered for sale by 2006 Farwest Show exhibitors. The plants will be displayed in an arboretum-like setting with excellent signage and coverage in the Farwest Show edition of Digger magazine. You may download the submission form here and find complete guidelines on the Farwest Show Web site at www.farwestshow.com/nvs or by calling the OAN office at (503) 682-5089.

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Oregon Grown

Logo signs are available

The June issue of the Member Update unveiled an updated Oregon Grown logo and encouraged members to use the logo in their catalogs and other marketing materials including advertising, Web sites and plant tags. Durable signs now are available for purchase to use at trade shows, in your office on countertops, tables or windows, or in containers (using a 1/2-inch dowel). For complete details, see the enclosed flier. You may order on-line in the OAN store.

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Surveys say...

Gardening surveys point to container gardens, fall purchases

Look in the October issue of Digger for a feature article on what Oregon retailers do to drive their fall sales.

The 2005 Summer and Fall Gardening Trends Research reports, conducted for the Garden Writers Association, contain information on how gardeners plan to spend their container gardening dollars, what their watering and pest strategies are this year, and plans for fall plant and gift purchases.

Examples of information contained in the reports and available on the OAN Web site include the following:

  • Three quarters of American households have some form of lawn or garden. Of those, 75 percent do some type of container gardening.
  • When it comes to choosing plants for outdoor containers, color scheme has the most influence on consumers (51 percent).
  • Outdoor decoration is the No. 1 reason consumers say they participate in outdoor container activities (47 percent).
  • A quarter of households with a yard or garden plan to buy fall flowers, and lack of time is cited as the main obstacle to fall gardening (37 percent).
  • The most important criterion for selecting plants this fall is their viability to serve as spring plants (38 percent) and extend fall color (25 percent).

To view the executive summaries of the two surveys, visit our web site. Also, look in the October issue of Digger for a feature article on what Oregon retailers do to drive their fall sales.

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ODA Staffing

Assistant director promoted to deputy director chair

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba announced changes in the agency’s executive management team following the retirement of Deputy Director Chuck Craig. Assistant Director Lisa Charpilloz Hanson has been promoted to deputy director, while Lauren Henderson has been named as a new assistant director. The changes complete ODA’s management team. Last year Dalton Hobbs was named an assistant director for marketing. Craig will remain with the agency on a limited, part-time basis, working on special projects.

“Chuck has been an invaluable resource for this agency and the industry over the past many years,” Coba said. “I am pleased to be able to maintain the high level of integrity and ability represented by our executive team. By promoting Lisa and Lauren, we can keep our continuity and momentum as we continue serving the needs of agriculture and the citizens of Oregon.”

Hanson first joined ODA in 1996 as commodity commissions manager and later served as administrator of the Commodity Inspection Division before being named assistant director in 2001. Henderson joined ODA in 1999 as assistant administrator of the agency's Administrative Services Division, being promoted to administrator in 2004.

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Wood Packaging News

USDA enforces new requirements

Questions?

For any questions or concerns regarding the new requirements for wood packaging material, please call APHIS’s toll-free number at
(866) 738-8197.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service began enforcing new requirements on Sept. 16 for wood packaging material (e.g., wooden pallets, boxes and crates) imported into the United States from other countries.

The new requirements specify that wood packaging material must be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with an approved international logo, certifying that the wood packaging material has been appropriately treated. Wood packaging material imported without the international logo will be subject to re-exportation. Treatment or destruction of the noncompliant wood packaging material will not be permitted.

Interceptions of nonnative pests associated with wood packaging material at U.S. ports of entry are increasing. If left unchecked, pests imported with wood packaging material could cause significant economic damage to the agricultural and forest resources of the U.S. To date, the costliest pest invasion associated with wood packaging material is the Asian longhorned beetle. The beetle, first discovered in New York City in 1996, in Chicago in 1998 and in Jersey City, N.J., in 2002, has resulted in the removal of thousands of trees and had cost state and federal governments nearly $168 million by the end of 2004.

The new requirements are based on the International Plant Protection Convention standards on wood packing materials, which prescribe globally accepted measures to be applied to wood packaging materials to reduce the risk of pest introductions via wood packaging material. The U.S. is one of 116 member countries adopting the international standards. Details of the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection enforcement operation for wood packaging material may be obtained at www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/pubs/ia_ph_wpm.html.

For any questions or concerns regarding the new requirements for wood packaging material, please call APHIS’s toll-free number at (866) 738-8197. This service will be active through Oct. 16, 2005, with options to extend this period as necessary.

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Tree care

Planting, root treatments on tap

Arborists, nursery professionals and others who plant and care for trees are invited to attend a one-day seminar Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Lake Oswego. Jim Flott, owner of Community Forestry Consultants and a former urban forester for the city of Spokane, will teach new techniques for planting trees. Among the topics that are part of the in-depth lectures and field demonstrations will be how to learn to recognize and treat root-related problems.

The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Contact Pam Peterson at (503) 534-5686 or PPeterson@ci.oswego.or.us to register or for further information.

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SAIF Seminars

Agricultural safety workshops run now through March 2006

SAIF Corporation’s 11th annual agricultural safety seminar for Oregon employers will be held through March in 26 locations across Oregon. The free four-hour seminars are designed primarily for owners, operators, supervisors and foremen, but anyone working in the agricultural industry is welcome to attend. Small-business employers attending the seminar will meet one of the four instructional requirements for House Bill 3019 that exempts small agricultural establishments from random OSHA inspections.

SAIF is pleased to have Kirk Lloyd, president of Risk Management Resources Inc., join SAIF staff again this year to talk about safety and compliance for farm vehicles, as well as how to effectively communicate safety to farm employees. As an independent consultant with many years of experience in agriculture, Lloyd specializes in the unique needs and challenges of the agricultural business community.

In addition, representatives from Oregon’s Drug Evaluation and Classification Program will discuss drug-related issues and provide information on a range of topics relating to the effects of drugs in or around your operation. Topics include the following:

See the complete schedule on the SAIF Web site or OAN's on-line event calendar. You may also download a PDF of the seminar schedule.

  • Farm Vehicle Safety and Compliance — Farm and motor vehicle accidents continue to be the most devastating and costly accidents affecting Oregon agricultural operations. This session will focus on preventing injuries and reducing exposures while using farm transportation. It will also review the primary OSHA regulations that apply to farm vehicles and cover major safety issues. As always, practical solutions and best practices that work in the real world will be presented. (Watch for the fall 2005 SAIF-OAN Tailgate Topics Training flier coming in the mail later this month. The focus of this month’s flier is driver safety, presented in English on one side and Spanish on the other. You can also find the flier under “Safety” on the OAN Web site.)
  • Communicating Safety to Farm Employees — Communication is the key to success. In this session, ideas will be presented to promote effective communication in an agricultural environment. Learn how to make safety a priority and how to utilize both verbal and nonverbal communication to reduce the risk of employee injury.
  • Drug Awareness — Representatives from Oregon’s Drug Evaluation and Classification Program examine substance-abuse issues within the industry and community and provide information on drug identification and impairment. This session will also examine drug-related theft issues and how drug waste-disposal sites affect your operation. By the end of the session, you will walk away with a variety of information and resources to address drug-related issues.

Because pesticide-related injuries are so rare in Oregon, this year’s seminar series will not focus on pesticide-related exposures and hazards. As a result, applicator license credits will not be available with this year’s seminar. Early registration is required, as seating is limited. To register, contact Sunny Vancil, SAIF Groups Department, 400 High St. S.E., Salem, OR 97312-1000, agseminar@saif.com, fax (503) 584-9803 or call the toll-free number below. Participants will receive a registration confirmation letter with the address and facility location approximately one week prior to the seminar. For more information, contact the SAIF Groups Division at (800) 285-8525 or visit SAIF’s Web site at www.saif.com.

Dates and locations through this year are as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salem; Monday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burns; Tuesday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ontario; Wednesday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pendleton; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Albany; Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boardman; Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Dalles; Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Redmond; Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to noon, Salem; and Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Corvallis.

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Noxious Weed Alert

Orange hawkweed is not to be propagated, sold

Recently orange hawkweed, Hieracium aurantiacum, a state A-listed noxious weed, was found being sold at a nursery in Deschutes County. Oregon Department of Agriculture staff confiscated and destroyed 157 orange hawkweed plants. ODA has worked cooperatively with the nursery to resolve the matter. ODA is currently working on treatment plans with the affected landowners and, in cooperation with local authorities, is in the process of educating the public about this weed and tracking down all potential orange hawkweed sites.

View the Noxious Weed Alert (PDF) for orange hawkweed on the OAN Web site. The document will provide you with photographs and more information about the invasive noxious weed. You can help by contacting ODA if you detect this noxious weed.

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More Safety Training

OR-OSHA plans seminars in the Portland metro area

Registration:

To register for the free training workshop, fax your request on company letterhead to (503) 947-7462 or register on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org under “Education.”

The following workplace safety and health training opportunities are being offered by Oregon OSHA in the Portland area during October.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 — 8 a.m. to noon, “Safety and Health Management: The Basics”; 1-5 p.m., “Selling Safety to Management.”

Tuesday, Oct. 25 — 8 a.m. to noon, “OSHA Form 300 Record Keeping”; 1-5 p.m., “Introduction to Safety Training.”

Wednesday, Oct. 26 — 8 a.m. to noon, “Safety and the Supervisor”; 1- 5p.m., “Safety and Health Program Evaluation.”

Thursday, Oct. 27 — 8 a.m. to noon, “Safety Committee Meeting Management”; 1-5 p.m., “Conducting a Job Hazard Analysis.”

All sessions are at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center, Room 221, 2379 N.E. 178th Ave., near 181st and Interstate 84. To register for the free training workshop, fax your request on company letterhead to (503) 947-7462 or register on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org under “Education.” For questions about Oregon OSHA training, call (503) 947-7443 or call toll-free within Oregon, (888) 292-5247, Option 2.

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OktoberPest

Annual workshops run all month at NWREC, Aurora

OktoberPest, the annual pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery growers, will be held each Thursday in October at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. All workshops are from 9 a.m. to noon.

Dates and topics include the following: Oct. 6, “Beyond Ladybeetles: An Introduction to Biological Control”; Oct. 13, “Avoidance Tactics: The Biology and Integrated Management of Verticillium Wilt and Brown Rot”; Oct. 20, “What’s in it for You: Research and Potential Nursery Impacts of USDA/ARS Studies at the Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis”; and Oct. 27, “Weed ’Em Out: Basic Concepts of Weed Management in Nursery Production.”

Check out the sign-up form online or contact Jan Egli at (503) 678-1264 ext. 10 or jan.egli@oregonstate.edu or visit http://oregonstate.edu/Dept/NWREC/.

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Helpful handbook

New Oregon Ag Resources Directory now available

How to order:

  • $5 each by mail:
    Oregon Department of Agriculture
    635 Capitol St. N.E.
    Salem, OR, 97301-2532
  • Order on-line
  • Contact the ODA at (503) 986-4550

Questions about whom to call or where to go when it comes to Oregon agriculture are likely answered with the help of a popular, newly revised handy guide. The Oregon Department of Agriculture announces the availability of this year’s edition of the Oregon Agricultural Resources Directory, an updated handbook that contains comprehensive contact information for numerous agricultural organizations and agencies.

The 140-page directory is a convenient, compact publication that includes organization names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and contact persons for a variety of entities. The directory includes information for the ODA, other selected government agencies, Oregon Commodity Commissions, statewide farm bureaus, soil and water conservation districts, Oregon State University agricultural resources and various producer groups.

All information in the Oregon Agricultural Resources Directory has been updated as of August 2005. Copies of the pocket sized resource guide can be purchased at a cost of $5 each by mail order from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, 635 Capitol St. N.E., Salem, OR, 97301-2532. Payment by check or money order must accompany all handbook orders.

Or, you can find the Ag Resources Directory order form online at http://oregon.gov/ODA/docs/pdf/form_ard.pdf or contact the ODA at (503) 986-4550.

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Education and fun

OAN Convention draws 250

About 250 people attended the OAN Convention last month at the Inn of the Seventh Mountain in Bend. Educational opportunities sprinkled in with fun events, including Plant Olympics and the Ducky Derby, made for a great couple days for those in attendance. Pete Brentano of Brentano’s Tree Farm in St. Paul was installed as OAN president for 2005-2006 along with a new Executive Committee lineup, state board officers and committee chairs. Awards were handed out to several deserving members, and Fun Night was a hit, with outrageous costumes and a great band keeping the dance floor hopping.

For a rundown of the event, complete with a photo gallery and exclusive member-only articles, check out the “Events Photo Galleries” under the “Events” link on the OAN Web site. You can even order photos from the event.

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Coneheads unite

Buchholz hosts conifer society event on Nov. 5

Cost for the event is $75 per person. To register or for more information, contact Kathleen Pottratz at (503) 985-7561 or Kathleen@fisherfarms.com

The Western Region of the American Conifer Society invites conifer lovers to “Conifers of the World” with Northwest wine and cuisine on Saturday, Nov. 5, at a leading conifer and maple nursery and propagator. The daylong event will run from noon to 10 p.m. at Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery and Elk Cove Winery, both in Gaston.

The day includes tours of the nursery, arboretum and private plant collection, featuring exciting cultivars and rare species of conifers and maples, wine tasting and hors d’ouevres at the winery and a silent plant auction. Dinner will feature great cuisine and the words of Daniel Luscombe, assistant curator of Bedgebury National Pinetum and cofounder of the newly created British Conifer Society. Luscombe has collected and studied conifers in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tasmania, Queensland, South Africa, Spain, Holland, Sicily and Turkey. The Bedgebury National Pinetum, nestled quietly among lakes and valleys in the Kent countryside, is known for having the finest collection of conifers in the world.

A verbal auction will conclude the evening, offering attendees a chance to purchase rare and unusual plants no available to the general public.

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Seeing Is Believing

Farwest Show photos in Digger; more available at OAN Web site

For a complete wrap-up of the 2005 Farwest Show, including our annual pictorial review, check out the October issue of Digger. For more images from the show, look up the “Events Photo Galleries” under the “Events” link on the OAN Web site.

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Willamette series

Learn about pines, pests and more

Discounted registration fees are available until Oct. 15:

one seminar ($30), any three seminars ($75) or all seven seminars, ($170).

Prices after Oct. 15 increase to $40 for one, $100 for any three and $220 for all seven. To request a registration form, contact the OAN office at (503) 682-5089 or download the form (PDF format).

On seven Tuesday afternoons this fall, the Oregon Garden in Silverton will host the third annual Willamette Valley Green Industry Seminars. Nursery, landscape and tree care professionals will gain practical information on a variety of timely topics. The informational series will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1 through Dec. 13.

Following is the 2005 seminar schedule:

Nov. 1 – “Diagnosing Plant Problems and the Pacific Northwest Disease Handbook,” Jay Pscheidt, Oregon State University professor.

Nov. 8 – “Landscaping and Gardening Near Streams,” Rene Kane, landscape architect, and Linda McMahon, OSU Extension.

Nov. 15 – “Diagnosing Arthropod Pest Damage on Landscape Plants,” Art Antonelli, Washington State University Extension.

Nov. 22 – “Invasive Species,” Linda McMahon and additional instructors.

Nov. 29 – “Post-Construction Soils,” Linda Brewer, OSU, and John and Judy Good, JB Good Inc.

Dec. 6 “Sudden Oak Death Update,” Jennifer Parke and Everett Hansen, OSU.

Dec. 13 – “Pines for the Willamette Valley,” Don Howse, PorterHowse Nursery, and Bob McNitt, Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine Association.

The series is organized and made possible by the generous support of the OAN, the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University Extension Service, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and Urban and Community Forestry.

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YGP 2006

2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show is a water-infused world of plants

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Water is the driver of Nature.” It’s also the driving force behind the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by ProGrass, which will feature the largest indoor lake ever produced at a Northwest gardening show. The YGP, which is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature seven magnificent display gardens. Surrounding the lake will be four of these gardens, each creating a distinct lakefront experience. The lake will also feature a 20-foot waterfall and will be filled with aquatic plants.

An exciting new development is the addition of Proven Winners as the official display garden sponsor of the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show. Proven Winners is a marketing consortium that brands a high-quality line of flowering plants in North America, sold under the Proven Winners name.

The Proven Winners brand is owned by three leading U.S. plant propagators: Euro American in Bonsall, Calif., Four Star Greenhouse in Carleton, Mich., and Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, N.H. These companies “founded” Proven Winners 12 years ago, and together with licensees in Canada, they produce liners under the Proven Winners name. Liners are then sold to wholesale growers to “finish” and sell to retailer garden centers across North America.

Show hours & ticket prices

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are priced at $11 for adults, with $3 Friday and $2 weekend discount tickets available in The Oregonian, at YGP exhibitor locations and on the YGP Web site, www.ygpshow.com. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.

The goals of Proven Winners are to introduce the best, most unique, high-performing plants, to produce them under the highest standards and to innovatively market the plants. Their involvement with the Yard, Garden & Patio Show ensures that the 2006 version will be the most colorful show the OAN has ever produced. The Yard, Garden & Patio Show is the only consumer gardening show in North America that is completely produced by a wholesale nursery industry association. Now in its 19th year, the YGP will also feature more than 50 hours of educational seminars and more than 300 exhibitors.

At least 35,000 gardening enthusiasts are expected to weave their way through a variety of exhibitor displays and theme gardens that highlight the newest ideas in plant material, landscaping and outdoor accessories. Northwest wines will be featured as well, with tastings, per-glass or bottle and case purchases available. Hughes Water Gardens is constructing the mammoth indoor lake and waterfall. Those building gardens surrounding the lake include ProGrass, Drake’s 7 Dees Landscaping, Dinsdale Landscape Contractors and Matt Sander Landscaping Inc. The three additional gardens are being created by All Oregon Landscaping, JP Stone Contractors and Landscape East & West.

Sponsors of the 2006 YGP include ProGrass, presenting sponsor; Proven Winners, display gardens; The Oregonian, seminars; Garden World, shopping bags; Mutual Materials, YGP Lakefront Plaza; and Sun Gro Horticulture, container contest.

For more information contact the OAN office at (503) 682-5089 in the Portland area or (800) 342-6401 nationwide, or visit the show Web site.

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YGP Tickets

Sell discounted entries to the spring show at your business

Sell discounted Yard, Garden & Patio Show tickets direct from your retail store. Tickets for the 2006 YGP are $11 apiece, but you can sell them direct from your retail outlet for just $8 each. The OAN will publish your location as a ticket distribution center.

Tickets will be available beginning Nov. 15 and can be sold until the day before the show opens on Feb. 24. The deadline to become a distribution center is Oct. 15. For further details, please contact Geoff Horning at the OAN office.

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