2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show a blooming success!
Attendees immersed themselves in the spectacular Showcase Gardens, perused booths of all categories, bought bushels of plants from the Remarkable Green Market, explored the Urban Edible Garden, and packed the seminar rooms to learn new tips and tricks.
The YGP is part of the OAN's effort to support the consumer market. Other such programs include the Plant Something initiative and the Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Guide, which made its 2014 debut at the show.
» View photo galleries from the show on the YGP Show Facebook Page (Day 1 | Day 2)
Show your support for House Resolution 2575
Presently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) defines "full-time worker" as any employee working 30 hours per week or more. Federal bill HR 2575 would change that to 40 hours per week or more. For businesses with more than 50 employees, this bill could be a big difference maker. It could alter the number of employees you are required to offer coverage and give you more flexibility and more options in managing your staffing needs. The bill is likely to be voted on this week in the house. The OAN is supporting it, along with AmericanHort, the successor organization to OFA and ANLA.
» To send a message of support to your member of Congress, click this link
» For more information visit our ACA resource page for OAN members at www.oan.org/aca
March forth and receive FREE Nursery Guide listings
Make your March roar in like a lion by taking advantage of the OAN's limited-time offer to renew your NurseryGuide.com listings. Purchase at least one more Nursery Guide listing than you had in 2013 and you'll receive up to 20 FREE listings.
All you have to do is renew your listings between now and the early bird deadline of March 31, 2014. If you purchase 1–75 total listings, you are eligible to receive 5 listings FREE. Purchase 76 or more total listings and you are eligible for 20 listings FREE.
» Get in the Guide
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.
» RSVP by March 12 by emailing Rhonda@gulicklogistics.com or calling 360-772-3082
» 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
March Digger looks at gardening trends
The cover story of the March issue of Digger takes a look at the societal trends that are influencing the gardening public, and gives tips for growers to better forecast future consumer demand. Click here to read the article (PDF).
Other articles in the issue include:
You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willamette Chapter gives $5,000 to Chemeketa's horticulture program
The OAN's Willamette Chapter continued its support of Chemeketa Community College's horticulture program with the presentation of a $5,000 check on January 21. The money will go toward purchasing a pickup for use around the greenhouse.
Over the past three years, the chapter has donated a total of $15,000, which has helped procure tools and supplies, renovate old hoop houses, purchase overhead microbe sprinklers and fog systems, and more. Currently, about 40 full-time students are enrolled in the horticulture program. "The idea is to expose students to state-of-the-art equipment," said Val Tancredi, Willamette Chapter president. "We believe these students will be well trained for entry-level and advanced jobs with our nurseries."
» View more information about Chemeketa's horticulture program
Auction items needed for Oregon Women for Agriculture fundraiser
Oregon Women for Agriculture (OWA) will host their annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 19, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. The theme of this year's event is "Oregon Agriculture: Just Add Water."
OWA is looking for donation items — tickets to sporting events, plants, backyard and gardening supplies, etc. — for the event's oral and silent auctions. Money raised will help promote agriculture through various marketing and outreach programs.
» To make a donation, contact Chris McDowell, OWA procurement chair, at email@example.com or 503-510-1838.
» For more information about the organization, visit www.owaonline.org
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 www.oan.org/scholarship
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Mt. Hood Chapter Meeting
♦ March 18 - New Varieties Showcase (RSVP by March 12)
Willamette Chapter Social
♦ March 18 - Basketball, Brews and BBQ (RSVP by March 14)
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.
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 email@example.com.
» Download the OAN Media Kit