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Emerald Alert!

Sign up to receive theft reports

The OAN has created Emerald Alert, a Web-based theft reporting system. OAN members can use the easy-to-complete form on the OAN site to report any nursery-related thefts to the OAN office. Your information will be collected and e-mailed to other subscribers to Emerald Alert. Our hope is that by working together, we can catch the thieves and stop them in their tracks.

To sign up to receive automatic Emerald Alerts or to report a theft, fill out the forms linked below:

You will NOT receive alerts unless you opt in to the program by signing up.

Speaking of theft

Thieves take 40,000 maple seedlings in Yamhill County

Thieves made off with 40,000 red Japanese lace-leaf maples from a Yamhill County nursery on New Year’s Eve. The 4- to 8-inch seedlings were valued at $34,000. If anyone has information on the theft or know of anyone attempting to sell a large number of trees matching the description, please contact the Yamhill County Detective Division at (503) 434-7508 or Deputy Tyler Tooley at (503) 434-7506.

Another theft

Thieves hit Troutdale nursery

Thieves struck Bergan Nursery in Troutdale sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. Jan. 26, making off with more than $3,500 worth of plant material, and again hit the nursery as recently as Jan. 31. Reported missing were 24 7-foot Sequoiadenron gigantum pendula (weeping sequoia) worth $90.20 apiece, 36 2-foot Chamaecyparis obtusa aurea (golden Hinoki cypress) worth $28 each and 14 2-foot Chamaecyparis obtusa gracilis (green Hinoki cypress), also worth $28 apiece (all taken in the first strike); another 40 smaller 5-foot weeping sequoias were taken on the second strike, with more trees being stripped of their stakes and damaged. All material was taken from the back portion of the property and required a good quarter-mile hike with the plant material.

Owner John Bergan said the sequoia trees were dug and wrapped in burlap in the field as he found pieces of string left behind, and the Hinoki cypress were simply shoveled out of the ground with only holes in the ground to show for them.

Bergan suspects a potential customer who had inquired about the material previously, and the same suspect inquired about the exact same material at a neighboring nursery. Bergan told the man that he had the material but it was already sold. He reported the theft to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. If anyone has information about the theft, or if you would like more information about the suspect, please contact John Bergan at (503) 665-0028, or contact the sheriff’s office at (503) 823-3333 and refer to case No. 06-400536.

Online forums

OAN Web site will debut discussion forums soon

The OAN will soon begin hosting online forums on its Web site. The forums are essentially a fast and easy way to post thoughts and comments on the topic specific to each forum. Examples of forums proposed for posting are “Nursery Safety,” “Nursery Theft” and “Small Nursery Issues,” to name a few. Forums allow users — who must be OAN members — to exchange information in real-time, if they wish, or to simply post comments and helpful information that others can view later. And all comments in the forum are archived, so you can search the Nursery Safety forum for the key word tractor, for example, and find all safety comments related to operating the equipment safely. The resource potential is huge.

Any association member can request a forum be started for a particular topic. To do so, send an e-mail to Lisa Kurtz at To find the forum(s) — we’ll notify you again when the first one is up and running — visit the OAN Web site, click on “Member Forums” under the Members Only tab, then log in and start viewing and participating.

Of course, there are rules to the forums. We’ll send you more information about the guidelines for forum use, and they’ll be posted on the forum pages as well. Forums will be moderated by OAN staff to ensure all content is appropriate for posting.

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Issues Update

How does the OAN pick legislative issues to tackle?

Labor cost and supply, water quality and quantity, international trade — these are all issues that affect the nursery industry in one way or another. The OAN takes seriously the issues that can make a difference in your bottom line — whether immediate or long-term. This update is intended to provide members of the OAN insight into how topics of importance are discussed, planned and acted upon. For the full version of OAN Government Relations Director Jeff Stone’s monthly Issues Update, follow this link.

Note: you will have to log in to the Web site to view the Issues Update.

Outdoor Envy – Find the Cure …

… at the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Plant lovers and weekend warriors won’t believe their eyes when the doors open for the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Feb. 24-26 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A spectacular indoor lake and 20-foot waterfall will set the stage for the hottest new plant varieties, tools and techniques on display, all with the goal of helping Joe and Jane Gardener create beautiful outdoor living spaces. This unique attraction is the first of its kind at a Northwest gardening show and will be surrounded by four distinct gardens at the water’s edge, connected by a meandering, wooded pathway.

The family-friendly YGP Show — sponsored by Prograss Landscape Care and Design and produced by the OAN — will feature a total of seven Proven Winners display gardens. Gardening buffs will come away with an abundance of creative and very achievable ideas that they can apply in their own yards. In a unique relationship unlike any other show, Proven Winners is providing more than 6,000 blooming annuals and perennials for the display gardens. Proven Winners is growing those plants at their facilities in California, which will allow show-goers a true glimpse of summer in February.

Highlights of the show include the Retail Chapter Container Contest, sponsored by Sun Gro Horticulture, and the Greenhouse Chapter Fashion Show. Both promise to showcase the creative talents of OAN members throughout the state. Combined, nearly 50 different containers will be showcased, and the general public will vote for their favorite container.

The Retail Chapter’s container contest will help decorate the wine pavilion, which will feature 20 of Oregon’s best wineries. The Greenhouse Chapter Fashion Show will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. in room D134 on Saturday, Feb. 25. The containers will be showcased during the rest of the show at the main entrance.

Legal Access Q&A

Explaining the Agricultural Overtime Exemption

Legal AccessQuestion: Can you explain the agricultural overtime pay exemption?

Answer: In general, Oregon businesses are required to pay their employees overtime if those individuals work more than 40 hours in a workweek. But, most workers employed in agriculture are exempt from the overtime pay requirement, provided that they spend 100 percent of their time in agricultural employment. The agriculture exemption extends to farming in all its branches, including producing, cultivating, growing and harvesting any horticultural commodities. See 29 CFR § 780.115. However, the exemption does not apply to workers engaged in the production or harvesting of Christmas trees or to workers employed on a farm handling agricultural products produced on another farm. If the employee performs any work not within the “agriculture” definition during a workweek, and the employee works more than 40 hours, that employee is due overtime at 1.5 times the hourly rate for all hours worked over 40.

For more details on this general exemption and other specific exemptions to the overtime laws, please follow this link to the full text of this Q & A.

Note: you will have to log in to the Web site to view the Legal Access feature.

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Highlights of the 2006 show

  • Education. More than 60 hours of free interactive seminars, sponsored by The Oregonian, will get creative juices flowing as some of North America’s top garden, plant and landscape experts share their experience, vision and advice with audiences.
  • Oregon Wine. Wine lovers will sample the latest blends from 20 Oregon wineries in a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Adults may purchase wine by the glass, bottle or case.
  • Ideas. Show-goers will delight in seven elaborate display gardens created by the area’s top landscape designers and contractors, incorporating the newest plants from Proven Winner sponsors.
  • Retail Therapy. A wide variety of unique plant material from specialty growers — including tropicals, succulents, heather, Oregon natives and more — will be available for purchase at the show’s remarkable “Green Market,” and 10 percent of all sales will go to the Oregon State University Master Gardener program.

All OAN members are entitled to a complimentary pair of tickets to the Yard, Garden & Patio Show. To get your tickets, simply contact Mary McLaughlin at the OAN office at (800) 342-6401 nationwide or (503) 682-5089 in the Portland area. She can also be reached via e-mail at

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Legal Access expands

All in-state members can get 15 free minutes monthly

The OAN Legal Access program has been expanded to entitle every OAN regular and associate member to 15 minutes of free legal advice per calendar month from Jordan Schrader PC attorney and OAN general counsel Steve Shropshire. If your question cannot be reasonably answered within the allotted 15 minutes, Shropshire will estimate the amount of additional time he believes the answer will require. You may then elect to hire Jordan Schrader PC to represent you further on that matter, hire other counsel or drop the matter altogether. It’s simple to access the advice at (503) 598-5583 or toll-free at (888) 598-7070. When you call, please have your company name and your OAN membership number ready.

Legal Access services are intended to apply to situation-specific questions relating to the nursery business. Members can ask about corporate or business matters, employment matters, contracts, water rights, land use, leasing or buying of operations and property, regulatory matters, liens, equipment loan documents, line of credit and banking matters, liability associated with accidents, construction disputes and other matters relevant to their business.

Personal advice and advice relating to accounting issues are not included in the Legal Access program. However, Shropshire will be happy to provide members with referrals to specialists in those matters. If you call regarding a specific dispute, he will ask you for the names of the parties involved and the subject of the dispute to ensure Jordan Schrader PC does not have any conflicts of interest. Please have this information ready before you call with regard to a dispute. Shropshire cannot advise you regarding a dispute with another OAN member.

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CFPNews from CFP Inc.

HSAs: What are they?

We have all heard over the last several years about HSAs (Health Savings Accounts). The OAN/ODS HSAs administered by CFP Inc. are extremely competitive in the marketplace today. Here are five great reasons to have an HSA.

  1. Tax Savings. Federally Qualified* HSA contributions can be deducted from your gross income on your federal tax return, even if you do not itemize deductions.
  2. Earned Interest. Funds left to accumulate in your HSA can grow with tax-deferred interest earnings.
  3. Reduced Insurance Premiums. Your insurance premiums are usually lowered by 20 percent to 40 percent when you change from a low-deductible to a high-deductible plan. You can use these savings to fund your HSA.
  4. Portability. Even if you change jobs, your HSA funds go with you. You own your account.
  5. Long-Term Savings. You can choose to let the funds in your account grow tax-deferred. After age 65, you may make withdrawals from your HSA for any reason without a penalty. (You will pay income tax on nonmedical withdrawals.)

Federally Qualified HSA: To have a Federally Qualified HSA, you must purchase and maintain a high-deductible insurance policy and you cannot be covered by another low-deductible insurance policy.

* Note on compliance with your health plan: This article is not intended to provide legal, health or tax advice. Consult your own legal, medical and tax counsel for guidance on issues that may be affected by your specific circumstances.

* Please note the conditions of your plan: If you intend to use the OAN/ODS HSA to pay your deductible or other services covered under you health care plan, we strongly recommend that you always comply with the conditions of your plan, including precertification requirements.

For questions or if you would like to see a quote please, call (888) 588-2988 and ask for Bill Bosch at Ext. 313 or Tracey Davis at Ext. 317, e-mail your census to or fax it to (503) 365-2964.

— Bill Bosch, CFP Inc.

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Credit Handbook

Resource is a must-have for any business manager

Have your customers ever been slow to pay you? Or worse yet, have you had customers who simply won’t pay, no matter what you do? The Oregon Association of Nurseries and the law firm of Jordan Schrader PC have teamed up to develop the Credit Handbook for the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

“It is a great ‘hands-on’ manual, with simple terms, to allow nurseries a legal and professional way to secure good customers and avoid collections,” said Jamie Zielinski from Alpha Nursery Inc. in Salem.

The information-packed, valuable resource provides practical guidance and how-to instruction on developing policies and procedures that will save your business money, and you get ready-to-use legal documents prepared by Jordan Schrader. You spent time, effort and money growing and shipping your product, and you deserve to be paid.

“I was only a few pages into the book when I realized this was the information I’ve needed all along,” said Kristin Van Hoose of Bell Family Nursery in Aurora.

The exclusive member price for the book is $89, but if you pay your dues by March 15, you can purchase the handbook for $79, a $10 savings. Call the office at (503) 682-5089 for this special offer. The cost of the book for nonmembers is $119.

» Download the Special Offer flier (PDF)

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Workin’ it

Volunteers needed for OAN booth at YGP Show

Calling all retail and wholesale nurseries. The OAN needs your help in the OAN booth at the 2006 Yard Garden & Patio Show, Feb. 24-26. Volunteering is a great way to meet the people that are buying your plants, see the consumer show produced by the OAN and promote the industry. Help is needed for two- and three-hour shifts Friday (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Please contact Ann Murphy at (503) 682-5089 or if you would like to volunteer.

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Le Tour de Plants

Fall garden center tour planning is in full swing

Tour de PlantsPlanning for a fall garden center and retail nursery promotion is well under way. The first annual Le Tour de Plants will take place Sept. 16-24 and will encourage the public to visit participating OAN member garden centers (hopefully lots of them). The objectives of the fall promotion are to 1. increase plant sales; 2. inspire gardeners to garden all year; 3. educate gardeners; 4. promote awareness of Oregon’s nursery industry; and 5. encourage retailers and growers to work together. Most everyone is familiar with the wine-tasting weekends at the end of May and the weekend following Thanksgiving. We want to create the same level of public enthusiasm for visiting garden centers and gardening in the fall months of the year.

Le Tour de Plants will be promoted throughout Oregon (or wherever there are participating nurseries) starting at the 2006 Yard Garden & Patio Show. Participating garden centers and retail nurseries must meet certain criteria outlined on the “Expression of Interest” application, including offering activities and educational opportunities during the promotion. Wholesale and retail nurseries are encouraged to work together to promote new and exciting plants for fall and winter interest. There are also opportunities for landscape designers, landscape contractors and suppliers to lend their expertise (see list of suggested activities).

For garden centers, retail nurseries and wholesale nurseries interested in participating, please complete and return the appropriate Expression of Interest applications by March 1. Based on the response, we will begin planning itineraries for Le Tour de Plants. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Ann Murphy or Geoff Horning at the OAN office, (503) 682-5089, or

» Expression of Interest Application - Retail (PDF)
» Expression of Interest Application - Wholesale (PDF)
» Le Tour de Plants Ideas (PDF)

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Are you ready?

Buyers Guide listing workbooks will arrive in coming weeks

The 2006-2007 OAN Directory & Buyers Guide will debut in August, but work is already under way on the annual plant, services and supply listings bible. Watch your mail in a few weeks for the listings workbook, as well as display advertising information. Each OAN member is entitled to one free listing in the Buyers Guide section of the book, but you must return your form. And of course you can buy additional listing to make sure you are listed when people use the book or — the online version — to search for products to purchase. Don’t let your workbook get lost in the busy spring season shuffle or you’ll miss out on being seen in the OAN’s top marketing tool.

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Safety survey

Your input on actions sought

The OAN Safety Committee is planning for future direction and is looking for input from OAN members to help them decide how to provide the most value for membership. Please help us by participating in our online Safety Survey (the survey will open up in a new window). Your help in providing feedback on existing programs and identifying safety needs will help the Safety Committee continue to serve as a valuable benefit for OAN members.

The OAN Safety Committee has a long and rich history of providing valuable nursery safety resources to OAN members. The Safety Committee’s mission statement is “to increase overall safety awareness and assist in the implementation of safety and health practices through leadership and education.” It works with the OAN’s workers’ compensation group insurance provider to improve safety standards and practices for OAN members, which helps you reduce workplace injuries and costs.

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Recycle at Work

Washington County program seeks willing participants

The Washington County Recycle at Work Program provides free technical assistance to businesses in Washington County. The program can answer questions about solid waste, recycling regulations and your garbage hauler, help identify appropriate disposal options for hard-to-recycle items (electronics, agricultural plastics, packaging foam, plastic film, twine), provide on-site assessment of your waste stream to determine how to reduce or recycle materials and prevent waste, provide educational materials and staff and provide information about reusing existing supplies or purchasing environmentally preferable materials.

More efficient use of resources can lead to real cost savings for businesses, and recycling creates jobs in Washington County. If a business is interested in learning more about our free services or would like to set up a meeting please contact Alexa Pengelly at Washington County Recycle at Work Program, (503) 725-9022 or

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New Phytophthora

P. Hedraiandra lands in U.S.

More information

Additional pictures of damage on Viburnum and more information on this disease in Italy can be found at

A complete list of Canadian hosts is available at the CFIA’s Web site:

The North American Plant Protection Organization has reported that Phytophthora hedraiandra has been detected in the United States, the first such finding in North America.

Samples taken during the U.S. P. ramorum survey have revealed the presence of P. hedraiandra in Minnesota nurseries. P. hedraiandra was first identified from a Viburnum sp. leaf spot sample collected in 2001 in the Netherlands. Since then it has also been identified in Spain and Italy on V. tinus. In the Minnesota nurseries, samples were taken from symptomatic Rhododendron and Quercus leaf and stem tissues. Isolates from Rhododendron were identified as P. hedraiandra using molecular techniques. Successful Koch’s Postulates were conducted with the P. hedraiandra isolates and Rhododendron cultivar ‘Mikkeli.’

The full host range and distribution are not yet known. Diagnosis is difficult as P. hedraiandra closely resembles other species of the same genus. As seen with other Phytophthora species, symptoms could vary with host and easily be overlooked at early infection stages. In general, Phytophthora species are difficult to control due to their typically large host ranges and presence of survival structures in soil or plant debris.

Movement of infected host plants, infested soil, rain splash and perhaps infested irrigation water are likely vectors, though that has not been proved for P. hedraiandra as it has with other Phytophthora species.

At this time, only certain species of Rhododendron and Viburnum are known to be susceptible. Host-range studies are still needed. Symptoms mentioned in the disease reports include branch dieback, basal stem cankers, root rot and leaf spots. As seen with other Phytophthora species, symptoms could be host-dependant and variable. Additional pictures of damage on Viburnum and more information on this disease in Italy can be found at

Canada adds plants to P. ramorum host list. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency added five plants to its list of plant genera regulated for P. ramorum. New to the list are Ardisia, Euonymus, Gaultheria, Osmanthus and Prunus. Imported host plants are subject to phytosanitary requirements to help stop the spread of the disease. The Canadian list differs from the list administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A complete list of Canadian hosts is available at the CFIA’s Web site,

— As reported in Todd Davis’ Weekly NMPRO E-mail, Jan. 31.

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Expansion plans

The Home Depot plans 400-500 new stores by 2010

The Home Depot has big plans for the next five years. According to a company statement, the home-improvement giant plans to open 400 to 500 new stores, become the nation’s largest diversified wholesale distributor and become No. 1 in at-home services. The company reports that the increasing do-it-for-me trend continues to drive double-digit growth in Home Depot’s services business. By 2010, the company expects that 5 percent to 6 percent of its sales will come from services, a $110 billion market opportunity.

— As reported in Carol Miller’s Weekly GCM&M Dirt, Jan. 24.

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Invasives agreement

Connecticut group backs down on plant bans until research done

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Council is expected to make recommendations to the state’s Legislature next month that are favorable to the nursery and landscape industry. The council agreed not to ban a plant species until research is completed on the cultivars’ invasiveness. The council also agreed that towns should be prohibited from adopting their own plant bans through Oct. 1, 2011.

The council will consider research from the University of Connecticut and other “reputable institutions,” said Bob Heffernan, Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association executive secretary. There are no immediate plans to add plants to the invasives list, he said. “The council is waiting for research to come back on barberry and euonymus before adding those to the list,” he said.

— As reported in Todd Davis’ Weekly NMPRO E-mail, Jan. 31.

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Dream Garden Awards

Sunset seeks designer entries

How to Apply

Dream Garden entry form (PDF)

Sunset magazine is looking for professional landscape architects and designers to submit entries for its Dream Garden Awards competition. The deadline to apply is March 15, and categories for residential garden designs include Regional Style, Incredible Makeover, Best Personal Retreat, Best for Outdoor Living and Best Small Space. Projects must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2001, and Jan. 1, 2005. Winners will be featured in the magazine, which reaches 5 million readers. Follow this link to the entry form.

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Mocap watch

OAN warns EPA about adverse effects if growers lose pesticide

As part of the ongoing reregistration process for numerous pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing many labeled uses for Ethoprop. One formulation of Ethoprop, Mocap 6EC, is important to Willamette Valley nursery growers for the control of garden symphylans (an arthropod resembling a centipede). Symphylans are slender, whitish in color, and no longer than a half-inch when mature. A symphylan in a single day can move 10 feet in loose soil and consume three times its weight in roots. These pests prefer root hairs and fine roots, and the feeding stunts young plants. They may also feed on older roots, creating entry sites for soil pathogens.

In a letter to the EPA, the OAN warned that elimination of ornamental nursery crops from the Mocap 6EC label could expose nursery growers to significant losses due to damage from symphylans.

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Advantage Oregon

OAN retains logistics firm

Advantage Oregon expects to provide greater certainty of truck/trailer availability at very competitive rates to its members.

The OAN recently retained Next Generation Logistics, a third party logistics (3PL) firm and consultant, to assist in the startup and initial operation of Advantage Oregon, the OAN’s transportation management services company. The association has also retained Monica Isbell of Starboard Alliance to serve as project manager for this initial phase of Advantage Oregon.

The OAN will soon send a request to its grower members seeking information on estimated loads to be shipped, month of shipments and destination and origin. Advantage Oregon will use this information to develop a Request for Proposal and solicit bids from motor carriers, 3PLs and freight brokers to serve select freight lanes for Oregon nursery growers and their customers. Through this bid process and contract negotiation, Advantage Oregon expects to provide greater certainty of truck/trailer availability at very competitive rates to its members. Advantage Oregon will only provide limited service beginning late in the season in 2006.

The plan for Advantage Oregon envisions limited service in 2006, with a gradual expansion of freight lanes and freight volume for 2007 and beyond. In addition, Advantage Oregon would like to offer a freight consolidation service in 2007 to assist those growers shipping partial loads of nursery stock.

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P. ramorum meeting

Attend Feb. 10 NWREC event for briefing and update on disease

The Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Oregon Department of Agriculture have scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Service in Aurora to brief nursery owners and professionals on the status of Phytophthora ramorum regulation, surveillance and eradication efforts in Oregon. ODA staff will present an overview of the department’s plans for this year’s P. ramorum inspection and certification program and answer questions. In addition, Niklaus Grunwald, Ph.D., of the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, will provide an update on the current status of P. ramorum research programs in Oregon.

The meeting will provide attendees an excellent overview of regulatory issues and activities for 2006. Meeting space is limited, so if you plan to attend, please RSVP to (503) 678-1264 or RSVP online.

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TV will not be without gardening shows for long

Friends of OAN plan new programming

“Simply Gardening”
Comcast local channel CNW 14
Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Begins Feb. 25

“Garden Time”
KPTV Channel 12
Saturdays at 9 a.m
Begins April 8

Gardening continues to be one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S., and the gardening media play an important role inspiring new and experienced gardeners alike. There have been major changes in the garden programming available on local TV stations in the Portland market. As programs are being dropped, two new shows by friends of the OAN are being created. Additionally, “Smart Gardening,” a nationally syndicated show produced in Oregon, continues to air on OPB.

Mallory Gwynn will host “Simply Gardening” on Comcast local channel CNW 14, beginning Feb. 25. The half-hour program will air on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Mallory will focus on timely and interesting content aimed to inspire people to garden more, including teaching gardening basics and shopping for the best garden material.

Jeff Gustin will produce “Garden Time” on KPTV Channel 12 on Saturdays at 9 a.m. The first show is scheduled to air April 8. The show’s format will be similar to "Good Day Lifestyles," with more emphasis on smaller garden spaces, plants and products, as well as kids’ segments. The show’s two co-hosts have yet to be announced.

Mike Darcy and Mallory Gwynn continue to provide information and inspiration via their call-in radio shows:

“In the Garden” with Mike Darcy, Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, 750 KXL-AM
“Simply Gardening” with Mallory Gwynn, Sunday, 8–10 a.m., 860 KPAM-AM

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In this month's Digger:

DiggerYou Complete Me:
Midsize, or 'tweener,' plants help finish off landscape

What Slow Months?
Christmas decorating carries one grower through long, dark winter

Testing...1, 2, 3...
Analyze soil and leaves to diagnose nutrient deficiencies

Calling a Spade a Spade
Oregon state researchers lay down the law on crown gall vs. leafy gall.

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