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OAN Member Update: February 26, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
February 26, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Legislature addressing driver's card ballot title

Oregonians are one step closer to reading accurate ballot title language when they vote on driver's card legislation this coming November. The House Rules Committee approved House Bill 4054 on a 7-3 vote Tuesday morning, after Reps. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland) and Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) spoke in favor of it.

The bill would rewrite the flawed ballot title originally issued by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. It is the Legislature's prerogative to correct this language. The ballot title rewrite is expected to go before the House, and the Senate soon. Gov. John Kitzhaber has said he will sign it.

If voters approve, Oregon would begin to offer a four-year driver's card as an alternative to the standard eight-year driver's license. Any Oregonian who can prove residency and pass all tests and requirements would be eligible. This highway safety legislation would ensure that all drivers have the opportunity to be tested, licensed and insured.

The 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show is this week!

The 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers runs this Friday through Saturday. The three-day consumer extravaganza — co-sponsored by Lithia Subaru of Oregon City, Meta, Mutual Materials and The Oregonian — takes place at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

Yard, Garden and Patio Show

Enjoy outdoor cooking demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, the spectacular Showcase Gardens and Urban Edible Garden — plus, FREE garden seminars and demonstrations, and plants, plants and more plants in the Remarkable Green Market.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit For the best deal in town on tickets visit your local Dennis' 7 Dees for $7 tickets while supplies last. Come for the fun and prepare to be inspired!

OAN supports land use 'grand bargain'

Oregon lawmakers are expected to vote soon on "grand bargain" land use legislation that the OAN supports. House Bill 4078 is designed to rescue recent land-use planning efforts in the Portland area that were struck down by an Oregon court.

Major stakeholders met over the weekend, including developers, conservationists, legislators, the governor's office, and agricultural groups. OAN members Rod Park of Park's Nursery and John Coulter of Fisher Farms, and executive director Jeff Stone, took part in the negotiation, which led to an agreement. The resulting bill was the subject of a Tuesday hearing, with most testifying in support.

The OAN's goal is to provide greater long-term certainty for farmers and other affected landowners, and this bill would provide that. Without it, Metro and landowners would have to start over on what was already a long, expensive and contentious process.

Volunteers urgently needed at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show

The Yard, Garden & Patio Show opens this Friday, and we still have many volunteer shifts to fill. There are three opportunities to volunteer: Parcel Pick-Up, show entrance and the Plant Something booth. By volunteering for these areas, you have access to the show the day you volunteer. Volunteering at YGP is a rewarding experience and a wonderful way for OAN members to connect directly with the gardening public. Click here see the list of volunteer shifts available. To sign up, contact Ashley at or call the OAN office at 503-682-5089.

PCC looking for landscape workshop presenters

Are you a landscape industry professional interested in teaching others about your line of work? If so, Portland Community College might be interested in talking to you. The Landscape Technology Program (LAT) at the Rock Creek campus, on the west side of Portland, is looking for industry professionals interested in conducting workshops. Such an arrangement would help the college fill gaps in its offerings, while putting its top-notch equipment and facilities to better use.

» For more information contact Dr. David Sandrock, LAT chairman at PCC, at 971-722-7231 or
» Read more on the Daily Digger blog

Closing date fast-approaching for multiple peril crop insurance programs

The USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) is reminding all producers of the spring sales closing date for multiple peril crop insurance programs. March 17 is the last day to buy or change all other spring seeded multiple peril crop insurance coverage (excluding wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types), and the last day to buy 2014 AGR-Lite insurance for new application/enrollment policies. Producers are encouraged to visit their crop insurance agent soon to learn specific details for the 2014 crop year. Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance companies and agents.

» For more information log on to the RMA website

Save the date: March 18 — Mt. Hood Chapter to toast 2014 New Varieties

On Tuesday, March 18, OAN's Mt. Hood Chapter will host a preview party for this year's new plant varieties. The event will take place at 4th Street Brewing Company (77 NE 4th St., Gresham, Ore.). Enjoy a happy hour buffet at 6 p.m., followed by presentations by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. and Fisher Farms. Cost is $15.

» Register Online

Register today for the Willamette Chapter's Basketball, Brews and BBQ

Join the Willamette Chapter Board for a fun evening of "Basketball, Brews and BBQ" on Tuesday, March 18. Enjoy some competitive trivia, good beer and delicious BBQ at Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton. Trivia will be split into four quarters; each quarter will have a theme. The themes are college basketball, beer, the Oregon nursery industry, and wild card, which can be ANYTHING! Prizes for the teams that come in first and last in trivia as well as for the person with the most spirit. Attendees will be split into four-person teams ahead of time. Dinner will be served buffet style during "halftime." Registration is limited to 40 people, so sign up now!

» Register Online

ONF scholarship applications due by April 1

The Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) awards scholarships to students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. In all, 16 different awards — ranging from $500 to $1,500 — are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.


» For more information visit

Gardens in Healthcare conference set for April 4

Hospital gardens have been shown to be places that aid healing after childbirth and heart surgery. The conference — "Gardens in Healthcare, Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces" — aims to illustrate these and other positive effects of nature and plants on patient health. The conference will take place on April 4 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Portland, Ore.). Cost is $110.

» Register online
» For more information contact Teresia Hazen, coordinator of therapeutic gardens and horticultural therapy at Legacy Health, at 503-413-6507 or

Take a horticultural tour of South Africa this October

John and Kelly Schroeder of Valleybrook Gardens will lead a guided tour of South Africa from October 15–29, 2014. The Schroeders have been leading tours for nursery industry travelers for more than a decade, and this will be their third trip to South Africa. "South Africa is an outstanding horticultural destination with amazing plants, a thriving garden center industry and beautiful scenery," according to the Schroeders. The tour will include Capetown, Johannesburg and the Garden route. An optional safari is also available.

» Contact John Schroeder at 800-824-1120 or for more details.

Wanted: New plants for the New Varieties Showcase at Farwest

Do you have one or more exciting new plant introductions? The New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Trade Show is the place to show them off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers.

The showcase is now accepting submissions for the 2014 show. We're looking for plants with such characteristics as new colors, better manners, increasingly compact shape, extended seasons of interest, and improved landscape and production performance. To be eligible, all plant selections must be:

  • new to the market;
  • available for order from a Farwest Trade Show exhibitor; and
  • available fall 2014 or spring 2015.

The submission deadline is March 28, 2014.

»  Download the submission form
»  View the 2013 or prior selections
»  Contact Ann Murphy with questions at 503-682-5089 or

Resolve to renew and save in 2014

OAN membership has always delivered value, and that's more true than ever. OAN members save with exclusive, OAN-endorsed health and dental coverage for themselves and their employees. Send trade show booth materials to all major nursery trade shows at lower cost through our Trucks to Trade Shows program. Get discounted fuel delivery and cardlock fuel discounts. And much more.

Discover how much Membership can save you!

Renew online or call Jamie Fletcher, membership and events coordinator, at 503-682-5089 (Portland area) or 800-342-6401 (toll-free).

» Renew your membership for 2014 today!
» Calculate your savings

OAN Events

Yard, Garden & Patio Show
 ♦ February 28 - March 2 - 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Mt. Hood Chapter Meeting
 ♦ March 18 - New Varieties Showcase

Willamette Chapter Social
 ♦ March 18 - Basketball, Brews and BBQ.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 15 - Save the date for Arbor Day Celebration and Ag Fest Planning Meeting.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 26 - 27 - Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon AgFest.

In case you missed it...

House approves bill creating Pollinator Health Task Force

Growers report $370,000 in snow/ice damage so far

Wyden becomes new Senate Finance Committee chairman, may target tax reform

Boehner says immigration reform is unlikely in 2014

Administration postpones employer mandate for some

Senate approves Farm Bill; president to sign it

Portland updates street tree planting lists, requests feedback

Apply by April 4 for two Clackamas County scholarships

USDA revises P. ramorum regulations

Dirr, Armitage and Stanley to speak at 2014 Farwest Trade Show

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OAN Exposure Channels: A great place to grow

Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or

» Download the OAN Media Kit

The 2014 OAN Media Kit is now available



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