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New Landscape Tract Added for 2003 Farwest Show Seminars

May 9, 2003

Contact: Geoff Horning or Aimee McAuliffe at (503) 682-5089 or (800) 342-6401.

Nationally recognized speaker Charles Vander Kooi heads list of 10 speakers who will focus on landscaping topics

He'll explain his MORS estimating system on Thursday morning.

Landscaping is one of five educational tracts that will help attendees plan their session choices at the 2003 Farwest Show Seminars presented by GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer and Proven Winners. The seminars run Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 20-23, beginning a day ahead of the Farwest Show at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore.

Look inside the Farwest Show Seminars brochure. In it you'll find everything you need to know about the 2003 seminars, including information about Charles Vander Kooi's Thursday morning session on "Estimating and Bidding." Owner of Vander Kooi & Associates in Littleton, Colo., he has bid more than $1 billion in work in his 36-year career.

As a private consultant, he has helped more than 1,200 companies with their financial systems and he has lectured to more than 150,000 people nationally. From 9 to 11 a.m., Vander Kooi will share information about his estimating and bidding program, called Multiple Overhead Recovery System (MORS). Based on the premise that there are different variables on each and every job, not to mention varying expenses depending on the job and job site, MORS helps companies recover necessary overhead and allocate the proper amount to material, labor, equipment and subs in order to make a profit.

Like the show and the convention center, the Farwest Show Seminars have expanded. There are 50 hours of seminars featuring 43 speakers with sessions discussing the latest in green industry subjects, as well as refresher courses to help earn up to nine pesticide recertification credits. For the third consecutive year, simultaneous Spanish translation of select seminars is offered. The landscape tracts will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday night's session featuring Dr. Paul Cappiello will focus on "Dancing Elephants & Native Trees: Charting the Greening Future of the Nursery Industry." The 6-8 p.m. session is free with proof of show registration.

The strong commitment to a progressive, guiding philosophy is at the center of every healthy and vibrant business. But, how would your employees characterize your company's philosophy? Better yet, how does our industry's guiding philosophy relate to the market that we work to serve? Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., will challenge us to examine the marketplace, the workplace and our own personal philosophy, all with an eye toward a bright and productive future for our companies and industry. The seminar fits not only the landscape tract, but the four remaining tracts -- nursery, greenhouse, retail and business and marketing.

In addition to Cappiello's free presentation, seminars will run from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday (a day ahead of the show). Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions run daily from 9 a.m. to noon, concluding just as the show doors open to the exhibit floor.

Wednesday sessions include: "Your Research Money in Use," "Technical Issues in Nursery Production," "Fertility and Plant Nutrition" and "Great Northwest Plants."

Thursday's topics include "Landscape Bidding and Design," "Controlling the Unwanted Plant: The Weed," "Growing Greenhouse Nursery Crops" and "New and Interesting Plant Varieties."

Friday's speakers tackle "Properties of Oregon Nursery Soils," "Plant Disease and Pest Management," "Retail Merchandising Solutions" and "Landscaping for Plants." Saturday's topics take a look at "Falling for Safety: Improving Your Bottom Line," "Greenhouse Pest and Plant Diseases," The Business of Growing & Selling Plants" and "Setting the Pace: The Latest and Greatest Retail Techniques."

The Farwest Show Seminars are produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. A special thank you goes to GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer and Proven Winners for their presenting sponsorship of the seminars.

Use the form on the inside back page of the seminars brochure or one of the registration cards included with this press kit to register. You also can sign up for the show and the seminars by visiting the Farwest Show Web site at www.farwestshow.com. If you need more information call the OAN office at (800) 342-6401 nationwide or (503) 682-5089 in the Portland metropolitan area.

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