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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
August 19, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Experience far more next week at Farwest!

The nursery industry is coming to Portland next week to experience the "Far From Ordinary" offerings at the 2015 Farwest Show. The prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference, held in conjunction with this year's show, will kick off the week on Monday, August 24. The second annual Equipment Innovation Day follows on Tuesday, August 25. The popular Farwest Nursery Tours will take place on Wednesday, August 26. The trade show and seminars begin on Thursday, August 27 at the Oregon Convention Center, and run through Saturday, August 29.

With early-bird registration up more than 40 percent from last year's numbers, this year's show is sure to be great!

If you are interested in exhibitor space, limited booths are still available. Contact us today. You can view booth availability online or contact Crystal Cady at 503-682-5089 or

See you at the show!

New Varieties Showcase to spotlight exciting new plant introductions at Farwest

Improved performance in production environments and landscape, compact sizes, enhanced disease resistance, performance in urban settings, drought tolerance ... These are just some of the plant characteristics that will be on display at the New Varieties Showcase at the 2015 Farwest Show, taking place August 27–29 in Portland, Oregon.

Of particular interest to garden retailers, consumer appeal is far more compelling, with 49 new plant introductions showing sensational foliage, blooms, seasonal interest and the overall wow factor. Plants are creatively displayed in retail fashion with full descriptions. Though new to the market, all submissions will be available for ordering from at least one Farwest Show exhibitor and are all in large-scale production. Take-it-with-you tags from HIP Labels make it easy to find the growers and/or breeders at the show, so you can place orders for fall or next spring.

"Year after year, attendees gather in the New Varieties Showcase at Farwest to evaluate, photograph and discuss the latest and greatest new selections to hit the market," said Crystal Cady, event and member services manager at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "This year's chosen selections are sure to generate buzz across the market, as they are some of the hottest new varieties making their debut into consumers' hands. We're excited to have so many cool new plants as a part of the show and can't wait for attendees to be 'wowed' by the display created."

A team of retailers, landscape designers and growers will evaluate the varieties and award the top picks. In addition, Farwest attendees may vote their favorites for the People's Choice Awards.

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Farwest offers a tour de force of nursery and retail tours

Farwest Show organizers have scheduled off-site tours for attendees on Wednesday, August 26. The tours offer a range of focus for the industry, from nursery/greenhouse growing to landscape and garden retail. Three tours will take place simultaneously, giving participants choices for their particular interests:

Tour 1: All About Those Brands (8 a.m.–6 p.m.) is designed for retailers seeking highly marketed branded collections and growers considering becoming a licensed grower for a brand.

Tour 2: Not Your Usual Suspects (8 a.m.–6 p.m.) will bring together wholesale growers, high-end landscapers and garden retailers to see the must-have plants for next year.

Tour 3: Retail Walking Tours (half-day; choose morning or afternoon) will be led by retail industry expert Anne Obarksi and tour of some of Portland's top-notch retailers – both inside and outside of the industry.

"This year's tours showcase the best of what our industry offers and there's something for everyone," said Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "Whether you're a grower, landscaper or retailer, you'll see innovation and ideas at every stop. It all leads to more success for our attendees and their businesses."

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Get the all-new Farwest mobile app

Download the new and improved Farwest Show mobile app to get the most out of this year's event! Users will be able to get real-time updates, browse a map of the show floor, build a to-do list of exhibitors to visit and speakers to see, create a schedule with reminders so you don't miss out, and take notes and rate your favorite speakers. Plus, by downloading the app, users will be notified of exclusive raffles and prizes. The app is available for both iOS devices (including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Android tablets and smartphones.

Retailers wanted for Farwest merchandising and container contests

The Farwest Show has stepped up its offerings for retail attendees, and show organizers would love for participating retailers to be part of the action! Two of last year's retail showcases — Merchandising Match and Chopped! Container Garden Competition — were huge hits and have been brought back for this year's show. Participants will once again battle it out in short competitions to prove their skills and take home prizes.

But we can't do it without you! We are looking for retailers to participate in the competitions. Four spots are available for merchandising and four for the container garden contest. Competitions take about 30–45 minutes and winners are announced right away! Merchandising Match competitions are Thursday and Friday at noon, and the Container Garden Competition is Saturday at 11 a.m.

Interested parties can contact Crystal Cady at or 503-582-2006.

Assistant tour guides needed for Retail Walking Tour with Anne Obarski

Two volunteers are needed to spend the morning or afternoon of August 26 with customer service and retail expert Anne Obarski and roughly a dozen of your industry colleagues while visiting top retailers in Portland's Pearl and Nob Hill districts. Complimentary tour admission is included for those who volunteer. To sign up and for more information, contact Crystal Cady at or 503-582-2006.

Register for the Farwest Show

Register today for the biggest green industry trade show in the West. The 2015 Farwest Show takes place Aug. 27–29 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

By attending, you will find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry professionals, and gain far more ideas. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the Equipment Innovation Day, and save.

Register Today!

Other News

Michael Geary resigns from AmericanHort

Michael Geary, the top executive at AmericanHort, announced he is leaving his current job, effective Sept. 30, 2015. He has accepted a position as CEO with the Society for Professional Marketing Services in Washington, D.C. Geary was instrumental in the merger of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals. He began as CEO of OFA in 2010, then became president and CEO of the combined organization when the merger became effective in January 2014.

"As some of you know, I grew up connected to the horticulture industry so this was not an easy decision for me," he told Greenhouse Grower. "I have loved working with our organizations and our talented members, staff and partners. However, my choice to return full time to Washington, D.C. will allow me to be closer to my family and aging parents and to re-engage with another industry I also care deeply about."

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OAN Clackamas Chapter's scholarship fundraiser is this weekend

Make plans to attend the OAN Clackamas Chapter's annual plant sale, which takes place this Friday–Sunday, August 21–23, at the Clackamas County Fair. Proceeds from the sale will help fund three scholarships offered through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation: the Clackamas Chapter Award, and the Ed Wood and Larry Fitzgerald Memorial Awards. The chapter also sponsors the Small Grant Program Award, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from area community colleges and high schools.

Ball Horticultural Company purchases Conard-Pyle

Ball Horticultural Company announced the purchase of Conard-Pyle, the plant development company that brought the Knock Out® family of roses to market and has specialized in the genetics and sales of proprietary roses, perennials and woody plants for over a century.

The acquisition combines Ball's strength in woody ornamentals with Conard-Pyle's market-leading position in roses. Among the acquired assets of the sale are Conard-Pyle's in-house breeding division NovaFlora and its intellectual properties, as well as the distribution, production and administration facilities of its wholesale division.

"Conard-Pyle's leading genetics, long-standing relationships and nationwide network of customers have made it a valuable brand in the marketplace," Cees Boonman, president of Ball Seed, said. "The company is a true pioneer in the industry and we are thrilled to add them to Ball's portfolio of top-quality breeding and distribution companies."

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OAN Member Benefit: Save on office supplies and much more with Staples Business Advantage Program

The Staples Business Advantage Program — available with your OAN membership — provides savings beyond pens, paper and other ordinary office supplies. Members can also save on copy and print services, promotional products, safety products, breakroom supplies, technology, furniture and much more. You'll also receive a convenience card that affords the same pricing in Staples stores that you can get with online purchases. For more information, contact Jess Matza at or 503-705-3637.

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OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow

Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or

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