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The Oregon Nurseries Hall of Fame will welcome four individuals and one couple to its ranks at a special Hall of Fame installation banquet.

When: Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn Wilsonville
25425 SW 95th Ave.
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

Allan Niemi



The Oregon Nurseries Hall of Fame was established in 1991 by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Its purpose is to recognize those individuals instrumental in the development of the Oregon nursery industry, who have brought credit and recognition to the industry, or who have had a profound historical impact on the industry. Being enshrined this year are:

  • Jack Bigej, owner of Al's Garden Center;
  • Dick Joyce, owner of Joyce Farms;
  • Ray Klupenger, owner of Klupenger Nursery;
  • Bruce Usrey, CEO of Monrovia Nursery Company; and
  • Glenn and Viola Walters, founders of Glenn Walters Nursery.

"Our industry was built on great families, innovative thinkers and strong connections," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The Hall of Fame will be a very special evening to celebrate just a few of the many key leaders whose hard work and groundbreaking ingenuity made Oregon's nursery industry both influential and successful."

Some 39 members of the Oregon nursery industry were previously enshrined, with the most recent (Jim and Shirley Heater and Clint Smith) coming in 2006. The complete list can be viewed at

Jack Bigej took over the family business from his father, Al Bigej, and grew it into a retail nursery empire with three retail stores, four growing facilities and an upcoming fourth retail location. He served as OAN president in 1993. He was made an OAN Honorary Life Member in 2004. Jack's son, Mark, is following in his footsteps by serving as OAN president in the current year.

Dick Joyce owns Joyce Farms and is noted for his lifetime of service to the Oregon nursery industry. He served as OAN president in 1983 and has remained active on numerous committees. He was made an OAN Honorary Life Member in 2003.

Ray Klupenger joined the family business, Klupenger's Nursery, in 1959 and served decades in various roles. He served as OAN president in 1972 and was one of the founders of the Farwest Trade Show. His father, Joe, was part of the initial Hall of Fame class in 1991.

Bruce Usrey worked with Monrovia for nearly five decades in many roles, including president and CEO. He managed the company's expansion, including the addition of a growing location in Dayton, Oregon. He passed away in 2015.

After learning the nursery business at George Teufel's Holly Farm, Glenn and Viola Walters established Glenn Walters Nursery in 1948. Under their leadership it became one of the most influential and successful nurseries in Oregon. Glenn passed away in 2010 and Viola followed him in 2015.


All Attendees must register (use link above).

Tickets are $80 per person or $640 for a table of eight. Includes appetizers, drink ticket, dinner and wine.


Wednesday, February 22

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a reception, followed by dinner and program starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Holiday Inn Ballroom.

Thank you to our Hall of Fame sponsors!

The Hall of Fame is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors and contributors.

Al's Garden Center
Eshraghi Nurseries LLC
Heritage Seedlings
J.Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
KG Farms Inc.
Marion Ag service Inc.
OAN - Sunset Chapter
OBC Northwest Inc.
Phillips' Soil Products Inc.

Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC
Ernst Irrigation
HC Companies ProCal
KeyBank NA Agribusiness
Leonard Adams Insurance Co.
Nursery Connection LLC
OAN - Central Oregon Chapter
OAN - Clackamas Chapter
OAN - Emerald Empire Chapter
OAN - Greenhouse & Retail Chapters
OAN - Mt. Hood Chapter
Park's Nursery
Patterson Nursery Sales
Pivot Group
Wilbur-Ellis Company

Sponsorships Available

We are asking our valued partners to help support the Hall of Fame with a straight up sponsorship. You will be listed as a sponsor in all materials associated with the event, including promotions in the weekly OAN Member Update, OAN website, event printed program and publically thanked in the Digger magazine. Your sponsorship helps make the event more affordable and drive down the costs for our members to participate in this celebration. Sponsorship is $500 or you can be recognized as a Contributor for $250.

If interested, click on the Registration or Sponsorship buttons above, or contact Allan Niemi at or 503-582-2005.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled on or before February 17, 2017, will receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after February 17, 2017.

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