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OAN Member Update: December 3, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
December 3, 2014     |     MEMBER BENEFITS     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Get in the ho-ho-holiday spirit with OAN chapter gatherings

All OAN members are invited to join in celebrating the season at these four upcoming holiday gatherings:

On Tuesday, December 9, the Clackamas Chapter will host its annual holiday meeting at the Willamette Valley Country Club, 900 Country Club Place, Canby. Carolers and a visit from Santa Claus make this event really fun, plus you can help those in need this season by bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul charity for the needy. For more information, contact Tom Brewer at 503-686-8448 or

On Tuesday, December 9, the Retail and Greenhouse chapters will host their annual holiday meeting and potluck at Cornell Farm Nursery, 8212 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland. Self-guided tours will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and social festivities. Cost is $5 per person; non-perishable food items are encouraged for donation to the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, contact Crystal Cady at 541-207-2665 or

On Wednesday, December 10, the Emerald Empire Chapter will host an informal holiday get-together at Hop Valley Brewing, 980 Kruse Way, Springfield. The evening gets underway at 6 p.m. with a social hour (appetizers provided); attendees are encouraged to stay and dine together afterwards. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 9 to Tamara Clift at 541-747-2767 or

On Tuesday, December 16, the annual Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Dinner will be held at the Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, a program and a raffle. Cost is $20 per person; kids under 18 are free. Food, winter coats, blankets and toy donations will be accepted for the Boring Fire Department Snow Cap Program. To register or donate door prizes, contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-693-5131 or; you can also register online.

OSU receives $3 million grant to study destructive pathogens

Oregon State University announced plans to use a $3 million grant to study two groups of bacteria that result in millions of dollars in losses annually to the nation's nursery industry. According to a press release, OSU researchers will study Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians, which deform hundreds of common landscape plants, including hostas, Shasta daisies, petunias and pansies.

"We are very supportive of Oregon State University and their research initiatives, especially when it comes to nursery production," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We work in concert with OSU on issues such as P. ramorum research, protecting the health of nursery products, and ensuring pollinator health."

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Season forecast calls for milder temps, more rain

Phil Volker of ERF Weather Inc. is expecting that Western Oregon will see a milder winter this year, with above-average rainfall. He shared his thoughts with members of the OAN's Willamette Chapter during their late November meeting in Salem. "I'm confident we're going to see a very good water year this year," he said.

Volker said he expects a predominant pattern where cold air over the North Pacific Ocean directs the jet stream to flow over the top of Oregon. As a result, the West Coast should experience average temperatures 1.5–3 degrees higher than normal, and rainfall totals that are 105–135 percent of normal. The rain will be particularly welcome in California, which experienced a drought last year due to a lack of cold air support from the ocean, he said.

Although the general forecast is for a milder winter, the Willamette Valley still may experience cold weather events, Volker said. Additionally, the latter half of the winter could see lower snow levels in the mountains and perhaps less rain in the western half of the state.

Osmanthus reigns supreme for fragrance

"Fragrance is king in a classical Chinese garden," explained Glin Varco, director of horticulture at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Varco was interviewed for "Sniffing out osmanthus," the cover story on the just-published December 2014 issue of Digger magazine.

Continue reading about the assortment of evergreen osmanthus in the plant collection at Lan Su, as well as several other varieties recommended by OAN members. You can also read this month's complete flipbook edition of Digger. Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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OSU Extension seeks Oregon farmer to serve on advisory council

The OSU Extension Service is seeking an Oregon farmer to serve on its advisory council. The council provides feedback, suggestions, recommendations and guidance for Extension administrators, faculty and staff.

Council member duties include participation in monthly meetings (September through June; third Thursday evening) and ongoing involvement in at least one educational program area, including Agriculture, Family and Community Health, Forestry and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth and Community/Urban Horticulture. During the year, council members must also participate in at least one community outreach engagement, such as the Extension County Fair booth or community open houses. If interested, email Mike Bondi, OSU professor of forestry, or Heather Havens, member, OSU Extension Advisory Council.

Best Practices for Christmas Tree Export now online

OSU's Extension Service announced the online publication of the English and Spanish versions of Best Management Practices for Christmas Tree Export/Buenas Prácticas de Manejo para la Exportación de Árboles de Navidad. The print version of the field guide was published in July 2014.

The guide features best management practices to reduce the presence of pests at harvest and describes how to identify these problems. It includes management calendars, pest quarantine information, legal considerations for exporting, and options for monitoring and trapping.

Download the guide English » | Spanish »

Welcome to OAN's new members

Four new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in October and November. To these new members, welcome!

Cody Staffing
Ryan Cody
Vancouver, WA

Dinesen Nurseries Ltd.
Nicole Bassi
Aldergrove, BC Canada

Plantaflor USA Inc.
Rick Enthoven
Summerland, CA

Smay Plants
Clinton Smay
Aurora, OR
Clackamas Chapter

Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our membership savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. For more information, contact OAN at or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free). If you're an existing member and haven't renewed your membership for 2014, renew today and stay part of the action!

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Save on registration to Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow

OAN members can receive a $75 discount on registration to the Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow. The event will take place on Tuesday–Wednesday, December 9–10, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach (909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland). Learn about the best practices in environmental protection and compliance, resource and operational efficiencies, health and safety practices, sustainability programs, product standards and environmental economics. For more details and registration, log on to Make sure to use the discount code “NWEC14” when registering.

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In Memoriam

Tom Cordry

The Oregon Association of Nurseries was saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Cordry on Sunday, Nov. 30. Cordry was the owner of Cash Flow Management, a credit risk management and collections firm based in Portland, Oregon.

In 2013, Cordry was awarded an OAN Honorary Lifetime Membership for his outstanding service to the industry. He has served in numerous industry leadership posts in the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter and elsewhere.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 6 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland. All OAN members are welcome to attend.

Roxanne Lighty

The Oregon Association of Nurseries was saddened to learn of the passing of Roxanne Lighty, co-owner of Oaklane Nursery in Canby with her husband, Will. A memorial service was held Nov. 23.

Mrs. Lighty was born January 28, 1941. She was a resident of Vancouver, Washington, at the time of her passing on November 15, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Will.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to The Lord's Messengers, Calvary Mennonite Church or to Hope Village, 1535 S. Ivy Street, Canby, Oregon 97013.

Getting the most from your Membership

Limited space left! Ship and save with OAN Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program

The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the larger industry trade shows — MANTS, The Western, CENTS, and others — taking place this winter.

Trucks to Trade Shows

If you are an OAN member exhibiting at any of these shows and would like to send plant material via the Trucks to Trade Shows program, please complete this reservation form (including booth number and number of pallets) and fax/email it back to the OAN office. The early-bird deadline has passed and all prices have increased to an additional $50 per pallet. Space is limited and all reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, contact Kate Crawford, OAN event and program coordinator, at or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).

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Renew your OAN membership for 2015 — and save!

By renewing before December 31, you can skip the dues increase that's coming after the first of the year. Plus, OAN membership also comes with these benefits:

Discover how much membership can save you!

Renew online or call 503-682-5089 and pay with a credit card. We appreciate your continued support!

Renew Today! »

OAN Events

Clackamas Chapter Christmas Party
 ♦ December 9 - Join the Clackamas Chapter for an evening filled with holiday spirit and of course a visit from Santa Claus!

Greenhouse and Retail Chapters Holiday Gathering
 ♦ December 9 - RSVP for the Retail and Greenhouse Chapters Holiday Gathering

Emerald Empire Chapter Christmas Party
 ♦ December 10 - RSVP for the Emerald Empire Chapter Holiday Social

Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Party
 ♦ December 16 - Register for the Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Party

OAN Seminars at NW Ag Show
 ♦ January 28, 2015 - Registration is now open for the Northwest Agricultural Show Seminar Series

Pioneer Dinner
 ♦ July 21, 2015 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner

In case you missed it...

Update: Marion County added to pesticide and container collection event on Dec. 6

Lender forecasts improved growth for Oregon nurseries

Obama announces executive actions on reform

Four new states hop onboard the Plant Something campaign

Christmas tree growers report brighter season

Task force recommends the return of pesticide reporting

Edible gardening trend remains strong, surveys says

OAN honored for service and advocacy for members

Insure a variety of crops with new 'Whole-Farm' USDA program

Farwest signs customer service expert for keynote address

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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 the OAN at 503-682-5089 or

The 2015 OAN Media Kit is now available

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