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Are you ready?

Buyers Guide listing workbook will arrive at your door soon

The 2006-2007 OAN Directory & Buyers Guide will debut in August, but work is already under way on the annual plant, service and supply listings bible. Watch your mail in a few weeks for the listing 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 listings to make sure you are there when people use the book or www.nurseryguide.com — the online version — to search for products to purchase. Don’t let your worksheet booklet get lost in the busy spring season shuffle, or you’ll miss out on being seen in the OAN’s top marketing tool.

Try it electronically, get two more listings free! For the first time, you will be able to fill out your listings electronically. And as a reward for doing so, we’ll give all OAN members two free listings, an $8 value. Watch your e-mail for an Excel file of the listing workbook and follow the instructions. It’s just like filling out the print version but much faster and easier.

You have until May 1 to turn in your listings and display advertising insertion orders. If you miss that deadline, you’ll have to wait a whole year to get in the next edition.

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Scholarship Application Form


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Digger: Farwest Edition Ad Insertion Form


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P. ramorum update

Inspection and certification is under way at nurseries

On Feb. 15, the Oregon Department of Agriculture launched its annual Phytophthora ramorum inspection and certification program for 2006. You should have already received a notification letter from ODA. Please follow this link for details about this year’s program and links to the ODA letter and host or associated host plant lists.

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Issues Update

This month:
Agriculture and the economy: Capturing momentum and utilizing political capital

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.

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A big thanks

Volunteers put the industry’s best foot forward at YGP

The OAN booth at the 2006 Yard Garden & Patio Show had a lot to offer attendees, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. Container gardens, a water feature, industry information and Plant A Row for the Hungry and the newest edition of Oregon’s Retail Nursery Guide drew lots of attention. Cathy Caldwell, Bailey Nurseries, and Carla Laurent, Always Marketing, were instrumental in designing the booth and creating the ornamental and edible containers.

Many thanks go to the volunteers staffing the booth during show hours: Ron and Debbie Hochstein, Hochstein Nursery; Ruth Estrada, Monrovia; Joe Kupillas, OVS; Ruben Chavez, Oregon Acres; Carla Laurent, Always Marketing; Greg Anderson, Bizon Nursery; Treda McCaw, Bailey Nurseries; Jack Ripa, Tillamook County Master Gardener; Linda Shively, Farmington Gardens; Michael McMahan, Fisher Farms; Debbie Knitz, Terra Nova Nurseries; Joe Carli, Moana Nursery; Peter Eastman and Cara Streekstra, Fairdale Nursery; Gordon and Karen Watkins, Boring Square Garden Center; and Leila Blakely and Kimberly Galiano, Jaycee Newman.

Thanks also to Jim Gilbert, One Green World, and Page Gianella, GardenWorld, for providing many of the plants in the booth. And another special thanks to Bill Phillips of Phillips’ Soil Products for delivering 40 yards of bark from the show to the OAN office for use in the office landscaping.

Thank you, volunteers!

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Watch that mulch

UPDATE! Mulch group says termite fears
from Katrina wood debris is hoax

Formosan termites have been a problem in some Louisiana parishes, but the likelihood is extremely low to nonexistent that any wood debris from Hurricane Katrina contains live pests that could survive any kind of wood-products processing — specifically in mulch products used by the nursery and greenhouse industry, according to the Mulch & Soil Council.

The MSC issued an advisory bulletin to its members when the issue first arose, and the council has been working with universities, retailers and Web sites to provide the correct information and to debunk the anonymous and widely circulating false messages (mostly spread by Internet). For the latest, visit the MSC Web site and view a press release at http://mulchandsoilcouncil.org/Inforesorce/Pressrelease5.html. The general MSC site can be found at http://mulchandsoilcouncil.org.

It is important to not contribute to any overreaction or hysteria concerning the issue, and the wise course of action — as is always the case — is to buy from high-quality suppliers of wood mulch and to know the source.

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Small talk

News from the Small Nurseries Group

Next Meeting

“Internet Options for Small Nurseries”
Thursday, March 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
OAN office, Wilsonville

Online Forum

To access the forum, go to Members Only > Member Forums at http://oan.org.

March 16 topic is Internet options: The Small Nurseries Group, an informal group of Category 6 members with sales of $100,000 or less, is focusing on issues unique to small nurseries. The next meeting of the group is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the OAN office in Wilsonville. The topic this month is “Internet Options for Small Nurseries.”

Let us know what’s important to you: The OAN is exploring a variety of ways to assist small nurseries. To better understand their needs, an online survey will be e-mailed to Category 6 members next week (or mailed to those members without e-mail capabilities). The survey should only take about eight minutes of your time, but the information can influence education and meeting program development, marketing initiatives and resource allocation to support small nurseries. Please complete the survey online, return it via fax to (503) 682-5099 or mail it to the OAN office — 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, OR 97070 — by March 24.

Online forum kicks off March 6: The OAN is building its online capabilities and is now able to offer online forums to segments of its membership. A Small Nurseries Group forum is now available on the members-only OAN Web site. The forum gives you an opportunity to pose questions about the challenges you are facing and have your questions answered by other nursery owners and professionals. The forum expands your networking opportunities and resources beyond the bi-monthly group meetings. Click here to access the forum, or go to http://oan.org and click on Members Only > Member Forums.

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Energy efficiency

Grants available to nurseries

More information

For more information, contact

Martin Zone
USDA Rural Development
(503) 414-3366
martin.zone@or.usda.gov
www.rurdev.usda.gov.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, a federal agency, has grant funds available to help nurseries wishing to make energy-efficiency improvements. Through its “Section 9006” program, USDA can provide 25 percent matching grants, up to a $250,000 maximum. The program is available to all farmers and rural small businesses. In 2006, between $11 million and $22 million will be available through a nationwide competition. The deadline for applications is May 12.

Ideal proposals are those that

  • Involve a total cost of less than or equal to $200,000 (maximum grant of $50,000).
  • Are developed based on a professional energy audit.
  • Will generate energy savings of equal to or more than 35 percent.
  • Will pay back the cost in less than 4 years.
  • Are for equipment or fixtures that will have a greater than or equal to a five-year warranty.
  • Have all other funding sources committed at the time of application.

Very small projects meeting the above criteria but with a total cost less than or equal to $50,000 are even more competitive.

Oregon’s USDA Rural Development office in Portland has developed a template to assist Oregon applicants in preparing their applications. For more information, contact Martin Zone at USDA Rural Development, (503) 414-3366 or martin.zone@or.usda.gov or visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/or/9006.htm.

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New and noxious

Oregon adds four plants to list

Oregon Noxious Weed List

Please see the complete list at www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/

For more information, contact (503) 986-4621.

Four plants have been added to the Oregon Noxious Weed List and are under quarantine as of Jan. 13. The new offenders are yellow floating heart (Nymphoides peltata), garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), policeman's helmet (Impatiens glandulifera) and yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorusis).

For purposes of this rule, the term “plants” applies to whole plants, plant parts and seeds. Plants on the Federal Noxious Weed List are also covered by the rule, with the exception of Japanese blood grass, Imperata cylindrica, var. Red Baron and Chinese water spinach, Ipomoea aquatica.

Propagation, sale and distribution of the plants on the list is prohibited. Please see the complete list at www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/weed_index.shtml#Noxious_weed_lists. For more information, contact (503) 986-4621.

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Crop insurance

New programs available for Pacific Northwest growers

More Info

The RFA announcement and application package is available for download at http://www.rma.usda.gov.

You may also contact RMA within the Pacific Northwest Region, RMA’s Spokane Regional Office at (509) 353-2147.

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency reminds Pacific Northwest and Alaska producers that the March 15 final sales closing date for new applications is fast approaching for the 2006 spring-seeded Multi-Peril Crop Insurance and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite programs.

Producers should contact a local MPCI agent to learn additional program details. If there are no actuarial documents filed in your county for your crop under the traditional MPCI program, please ask your agent whether you would be eligible for coverage under a written agreement (not available for pilots). A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers throughout the U.S. or at http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/.

Wait, there’s more: The Federal Register includes a notice of request for applications for Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (posted March 1). The Community Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program announces the availability of approximately $5 million in fiscal year 2006 for collaborative outreach and assistance programs for women, limited resource, socially disadvantaged and other traditionally underserved farmers and ranchers who produce priority commodities as defined within the request for proposals.

The announcement lists the information needed to submit an application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed and signed application packages using overnight mail or delivery service using the address listed within the request. Questions may be forwarded to David Wiggins at (202) 690-1518 or david.wiggins@rma.usda.gov. Closing date and time for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 1. The RFA announcement and application package is available for download at http://www.rma.usda.gov. You may also contact RMA within the Pacific Northwest Region, RMA’s Spokane Regional Office at (509) 353-2147.

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Measure 37

Supreme Court upholds property rights initiative

Measure 37, the property rights initiative, was upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court late last month. The issue remains a hot political topic, because quibbles remain over exactly how Measure 37 works. This decision appears likely to clear the way for development.

The OAN, through the Government Relations Committee, will provide analysis of what this means to the nursery industry. The OAN is creating a Land Use Task Force to address this matter along with a host of other land-related issues. Feel free to contact OAN Government Relations director Jeff Stone if you have any opinions or questions.

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Gardenpalooza

Fourth annual event is April 1

Gardeners are invited to the fourth annual Gardenpalooza from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Fir Point Farms, located at 14601 Arndt Road in Aurora, Ore. The free garden and farm festival is open to the public and features 40 local nurseries offering greenhouse wisdom and plants galore, hayrides, music, a Country Store, greenhouse, fresh doughnuts, farm animals and food. The OAN will also have space at the event to promote the industry and hand out the new Oregon’s Retail Nursery Guide, among other goodies.

Gardenpalooza will open the 2006 season for Fir Point Farms. The event, held just down the road a year ago, drew 8,000 visitors in 2005. For more information, visit Fir Point Farms at www.firpointfarms.com.

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Scholarship deadline

Applications for ONF awards are due April 3

Applications

Download the application at http://scholarship.oan.org

Deadline: April 3

Questions? Contact Heather Stanley at (503) 682-5089 or hstanley@oan.org.

Do you have a son, daughter or employee pursuing a college degree in horticulture? Encourage him or her to apply for an Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarship. The awards are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. For the 2006-07 school year, 16 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be awarded.

To make it easier, the application is available as an interactive PDF; students can fill out the form online and then print a copy to be included with the other required materials — no typewriters necessary! To access the form and to find out more about the awards, visit http://scholarship.oan.org.

Completed applications must be postmarked or delivered to the OAN office no later than April 3.

Questions? Call Heather Stanley at (503) 682-5089 or send an e-mail to hstanley@oan.org.

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Tee time

Duffers Classic is June 21-22

The annual Duffers Classic fund-raising golf tournament will be held on June 21-22 at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches. The two-day event will again have a poker evening and Nine, Wine & Dine event that will benefit Northwest Medical Team’s Mobile Dental Clinic. Even if you are not a golfer, Duffers is a great social event and helps the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee (ONPAC) make a difference at the state level.

Watch your mail and e-mail for more information. If you want to get in early on sponsorship opportunities, contact Jeff Stone at the OAN.

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Don’t miss the big one

Digger: Farwest Edition ad deadline is May 1

Reserve your ad space!

Online form

Printable form (PDF)

Don’t miss out on getting your display ad in Digger: Farwest Edition, the official magazine of the Farwest Show in August. Your ad will reach show attendees as well as Digger’s regular subscribers. Reserve your ad space today. The deadline is not far away, and after May 1, you’ll have to wait another year to get in this triple-size issue of Digger magazine.

To reserve your ad space, fill out this online ad insertion order form or print this form and mail or fax it to Chris Sweet, OAN advertising coordinator. The publications department fax number is on the form. Call Chris at the OAN office if you have questions.

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Safety first

Conference looks at health of non-English-speaking workers

The Center for Research on Occupational & Environmental Toxicology at Oregon Health & Science University is presenting “Safety and Health for the Non-English-Speaking Workforce: Challenges & Successes” on Friday, June 9, in Portland. The daylong symposium will feature several experts talking on such topics as culture and safety, training and communications challenges and strategies, success story breakout session with industry leaders, employer resources, training effectiveness and a panel discussion on various topics.

The conference is aimed at helping business owners, health and safety managers, loss-control personnel, human resources personnel and health and safety consultants. For more information visit www.ohsu.edu/croet/outreach/symposia.

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‘Garden Time’

Show fills garden TV void

"Garden Time" debut

Saturday, April 8
KPTV Fox Channel 12

"Garden Time" is a new weekly half-hour gardening television program that will debut on the air Saturday, April 8, on KPTV Fox Channel 12. The show will air weekly in that time slot for 35 weeks, with three weekly rebroadcasts of the program on KWTV Channel 52 in the mid-Willamette Valley.

According to producer Jeff Gustin, formerly of KPTV’s "Good Day Lifestyles," the show will introduce the viewer to the basics of gardening, the latest in outdoor products and services and to how easy it can be to create a relaxing outdoor space that anyone can be proud of.

If you have questions about the show, contact Gustin at gustingroup@comcast.net or at (503) 793-6804.

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Join a committee

OAN’s backbone is volunteerism

Want to help the association and help your industry? Put some energy into one of the many OAN committees. See the signup form here, with details about each committee; fill it out and submit it online.

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Outdoor envy

Lake draws oohs and aahs at Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Plant lovers and weekend warriors couldn't believe their eyes when the doors opened at the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by ProGrass at the Oregon Convention Center last month. Hughes Water Gardens created the largest indoor lake ever built at a North American garden show, which included a spectacular 20-foot waterfall. The unique attraction was surrounded by four distinct gardens at the water’s edge, connected by a meandering, wooded pathway.

The family-friendly YGP featured a total of eight Proven Winners Display Gardens, the Remarkable Green Market, Oregon Wine Pavilion, educational seminars, Kids Digs, nearly 300 exhibitors and lots more. The OAN Greenhouse Chapter conceived a unique and irreverent way to showcase fabulous new plant material as well as old favorites combined in creative ways. “Beefcake gardeners” paraded down a New York Fashion Week-style runway with more than 20 beautifully planted containers. Mallory Gwynn donned a tuxedo as emcee, and paparazzi took photos that added to the glitz, glamour and fun.

See the list of award-winning booths and displays below, and please thank the show’s generous sponsors for donating the time, dollars and materials that make this annual spring production a success.

And the winners are … Congratulations to the following companies for the special recognition they received for having the best displays at the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show. Booth winners and their categories:

PRESIDENT’S AWARD BEST OF SHOW

Bauman’s Farm & Garden

BEST OF DIVISION
Nursery Grower

1st: Al’s Garden Center
2nd: Ferguson’s Fragrant Nursery
3rd: Bird’s English Garden & Nursery

Supplies & Furniture

1st: Mutual Materials
2nd: Willamette Greystone
3rd: The Wall

Contract Services

1st: Classic Garden Creations
2nd: All Natural Landscape
3rd: Margaret’s Enchanted Garden

Deck & Fence

1st: Decking Northwest
2nd: Cornerstone Fencing
3rd: Rick’s Custom Deck & Fence

Yard & Garden Decor

1st: Garden Gallery Iron Works
2nd: Front Porch Mercantile
3rd: HollyHocks Garden Essentials

Display Garden

1st: Matt Sander Landscaping (Kaleidoscope)
2nd: All Oregon Landscaping (Neptune’s Courtyard)
3rd: Landscape East & West (Sticks & Stones)

BEST OF CATEGORY
Best Educational
Proven Winners
Best Display of Product
Garden Gallery Iron Works
Best Use of Plant Material
Al’s Garden Center
Best Use of Space
Bauman’s Farm & Garden
Best Use of Color
Ferguson’s Fragrant Nursery

The 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show extends a special thank you to the following contributors:

Show Sponsors
ProGrass
Proven Winners
The Oregonian Homes & Gardens of the Northwest
Garden World
Mutual Materials
Sun Gro Horticulture
Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers

Sun Gro Horticulture Container Contest
Al’s Garden Center
Bauman Farms
Blooming Nursery
Cornell Farm
Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers
Egan Gardens
Ferguson’s Fragrant Nursery
Garden Gallery Iron Works
Garden World
Hickenlooper Farms
Larsen Farm Nursery
Max & Hildy’s Garden Center
Portland Nursery
Professional Waterscapes
Teufel Nursery
The Garden Corner

Proven Winners Display Gardens
All Oregon Landscaping
Asia America
Badger Creek Rock
Bamboo Depot
BBC Steel Corporation
Bob Schwarz / Northwest Designs & Building
Brad Larrabee & Jason Siri
Bridge City Arbors
Canby Landscape Supply
Cliff Townsend Masonry
Creative Fences & Decks Inc.
Dinsdale Landscape Contractors
Dinsdale Nursery
Drake’s 7 Dees
Enterprise Masonry
Exterior Woods
Firestone Building Products
Fisher Farms
FX Luminaire
Garden Gallery Iron Works
Garden World Nursery
Geoffrey Pagen
Gregg & Ellis Landscape Design
Heritage Rock LLC
Horizon Supply
JP Stone Contractors
John Deere Landscapes
Kate Simmons
Kichler
Landscape East & West
Lisa Zerkowitz
Margaret Chula
Matt Sander Landscaping
Max & Hildy’s Garden Store
Metro-Fab
Mike Cacka Masonry
Miriam Linder
Monrovia

Proven Winners Display Gardens (cont'd)
Mutual Materials
Northwest Natural Gas
Northwest Shade Trees
Olberg Construction Inc.
Oregon Decorative Rock
OrePac Building Products
Parr Lumber
ProGrass
Proven Winners
Pumilite
R & M Plant Procurement
Simon, Toney & Fischer
Smith Gardens
Smith Rock
Stoneway Roofing Supply
SunGro Horticulture
Susanne Metcalf
Timber Pro UV

Al’s Garden Center Kids Digs
Al’s Garden Center
Amazin' Glazin’
Oregon Garden
OSU Master Gardeners
Ruhl Bees
World Forestry Center

Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping
Garden Centers Boulevards

Bailey Nurseries
Evans Farms
Fairdale Nursery
Garden World
Holden Wholesale Nursery
Iseli Nursery
J. Frank Schmidt Nursery
Jeddeloh Farms
Monrovia
Northwest Shade Trees

A Special Thank You Also To
Advanced Ornamentals
Bailey Nurseries
Bauman Farms
Clark College
F & B Farms
Fisher Farms
Garden Gallery Iron Works
Greenhouse Chapter — OAN
Hardy Plant Society
Hughes Water Gardens
Hydrangeas Plus
Indigo Designs
Joyce Farms
Matt Sander Landscaping
Moen Machinery
Monrovia
Northwest Shade Trees
Oregon Miniature Roses
OSU Master Gardeners
Pacific Northwest Wine Club
Peterson Entertainment
ProGrass
Proven Winners
Retail Chapter – Oregon Association of Nurseries
Sun Gro Horticulture
United Rentals

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In this month's Digger:

Digger
MADE IN THE SHADE
Plenty of plants thrive in low-light landscape areas

NONINDIGENOUS? NONNATIVE?
One constant: Terminology for invasives is not consistent

THE ABCs of PGRs
Growth regulators offer growers the closest thing to total control



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