Skagit Gardens wins Best in Show booth honors at Farwest
Skagit Gardens, the grower from Mt. Vernon, Washington, captured the Ted Van Veen Best in Show booth honors at the 2015 Farwest Show.
Skagit's island booth showcased a captivating outdoor dining table as its centerpiece, including plants between the place settings and a water feature flowing down the middle. Skagit Gardens also won Best in Division for a grower island booth. The Best in Show award nets them a free 10×10 booth for next year. As always, the winner can apply their free 10×10 as credit towards a larger booth, paying the difference.
Retailers' Choice Awards find gold on the Farwest floor
Ten products captured Retailers' Choice Awards™ at the 2015 Farwest Show. The awards recognize outstanding new live goods and hard goods that are available for garden retailers to sell. Award selections were made by a jury of retailers attending the show. Sid Raisch of The Garden Center Group served as the facilitator.
See a slideshow featuring all the winners
Mt. Hood Chapter to host a social get-together for young nursery professionals
OAN Mt. Hood Chapter will host a social get-together for nursery professionals 39 and younger starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Highcliffe Pub & Eatery, 602 Seventh St., Oregon City, Oregon. The event is open to all young nursery professionals, including growers as well as suppliers and allied professionals. To get the event started off right, the chapter is funding a $500 bar tab. For more information, contact chapter president Scott Ekstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-663-4035.
Get the 'wet and wild' winter forecast at OAN Willamette Chapter meeting
Meteorologist Phil Volker of ERF Company will share his insights into the upcoming weather season at a luncheon meeting of the OAN Willamette Chapter. Attendees will congregate at 10:30 a.m. on October 20 at the Days Inn Black Bear Conference Center (1600 Motor Court NE, Salem, Oregon).
According to some weather forecasters, this upcoming winter could bring the "Godzilla" of El Niños. That means much-needed rain could drench California and the Pacific Northwest, while Australia could suffer from drought, and other parts of the world might experience other highly disruptive weather events. The last truly massive El Niño appeared in 1997–98 and caused an estimated $35 billion in destruction and more than 23,000 deaths around the world.
Other topics to be discussed include three new laws that are expected to have a big impact on Oregon: the "ban the box" law regarding asking applicants about their criminal record, the new sick time requirements and legalized recreational marijuana.
Cost to attend the meeting is $25. You can register online or mail your meeting fee to Dave Malcolm, 1511 SW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR 97221. Please make checks payable to Willamette Chapter. For questions, contact Denece Messenger at 503-510-4029.
Oregon Turf and Tree Farms earns water conservation seal
Oregon Turf and Tree Farms announced their Tall Fescue Sod is the first sod variety grown in Oregon to receive the seal of approval from the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA).
TWCA qualifies grasses that demonstrate a statistically significant water-saving potential over conventional varieties of the same species. The alliance collects and analyzes data from 14 trials with 13 research collaborators across North America. The data are sent to a third-party peer review board of researchers from the University of Arkansas and Purdue University. The review panel ultimately makes the final qualification recommendations based solely on the evidence presented by research collaborators.
Tall Fescue Sod grown by Oregon Turf and Tree Farms is drought tolerant, thanks to an extensive deep root system that requires less frequent irrigation. It tolerates partial shade slightly better than ryegrass and has a wider blade, though finer than most other tall fescues.
Gloeckner Foundation awards nearly $150,000 in floriculture grants
The foundation of the Fred C. Gloeckner Company, a horticultural supplier based in Harrison, New York, announced it awarded 15 grants totaling $149,775. The money will be used to conduct research at North Carolina State University on leaf tissue nutritional standards in bedding plants, a study at Kansas State University that looks to suppress populations of the western flower thrip, and various other ways to improve floriculture practices around the country.
Since its inception in 1960, the foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million to 66 institutions throughout the United States for the specific purpose of enabling research and education efforts in floriculture and ornamental horticulture.
Clackamas Community College releases fall schedule of horticulture classes
Clackamas Community College's 2015 fall term runs from September 28–December 12. CCC's Horticulture Department offers a wide range of horticulture and related courses for degree-seeking students as well as those persons interested in simply continuing their education.
Download the schedule
Mt. Hood Chapter - Young Nursery Professionals Social
♦ September 15 - There will be a free social get-together for all nursery professionals 39 and younger starting at 7 p.m. at the Highcliffe Pub & Eatery, 602 Seventh St., Oregon City, Oregon. The event is open to growers as well as suppliers and allied professionals. To get the event started off right, the chapter is funding a $500 bar tab. For more information, contact chapter president Scott Ekstrom at email@example.com or 503-663-4035.
Willamette Chapter Luncheon Meeting
♦ October 20 - Brace for one of the strongest El Niños on record. Phil Volker of EFB warns of weather to come in 2016. Other topics to be discussed include three new laws that are expected to have a big impact on Oregon: Ban the Box, Sick Leave and Legal Marijuana. Open to all OAN members.
Reminder: Make sure P. ramorum paperwork is in order
Geary resigns from AmericanHort
Ball Horticultural purchases Conard-Pyle
Cattle stampedes to top of Oregon's ag commodities list
OAN hires Blair Thompson as new advertising and sponsorship account manager
Annual meeting of International Plant Propagators' Society, Western Region to take place Sept. 23–26
Thanks to new state funds, OSU stepping up recruitment of several research positions
Little known about Pacific Northwestern native pollinators
Energy Trust increases greenhouse rebate amounts
New studies suggest bee health has improved globally
Disposal of blighted boxwoods is important
Get the most out of your membership with the 2015 OAN Member Resource Guide
Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our 2015 Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.
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