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Farwest 'Women in Horticulture' to feature Jenny Peterson, Farwest volunteers needed, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 6, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Farwest unveils full slate of seminars and speakers

Organizers of the 2016 Farwest Show announced the full slate of educational speakers and seminars scheduled for this year's event, taking place August 25–27 in Portland, Oregon. The nursery education track, delivered by some of horticulture's most celebrated veterans and rising stars, will give growers a comprehensive menu of topics and provide ideas and knowledge to take home from the show and raise the bar for their companies.

"This year's nursery education will be outstanding," said Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "We've assembled the best and brightest of the industry. They're on the cutting edge of research, issues and trends that have great importance for nursery growers in all regions of the country."

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'Women in Horticulture' to feature Jenny Peterson at the 2016 Farwest Show

The 2016 Farwest Show will present the "Women in Horticulture" networking event to establish connections, share opportunities and encourage involvement to advance the industry. The event will celebrate the vital roles women are playing in today's business and spotlight the life and work of featured guest, Jenny Peterson — garden designer, author of Indoor Plant Decor and owner of J. Peterson Garden Design in Austin, Texas. The gathering will take place on Friday, August 26 from 3:30–5 p.m. in VIP Room B at the Oregon Convention Center.

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Industry celebrates at annual Pioneer Dinner

The OAN Mt. Hood Chapter welcomed members of all chapters to its annual Pioneer Dinner, held last Wednesday evening at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, Oregon. A pioneer is someone who is better than 60 years old and with 20 or more years of experience in the nursery industry. Photographs from the event can be viewed on Facebook.

Farwest Show volunteers needed!

The OAN event team is looking for volunteers to help make some of Farwest's features even more fun and memorable. Would you like to spend the day in Nursery Country or attend the stellar seminars lined up for this year? Or how would you like competing against your fellow retailers to win some prizes in our container and merchandising competitions?

Participation opportunities include Tour Bus Captains, Seminar Moderators and Retail Competitors. To sign up and for more information, contact Crystal Cady at or 503-582-2006.

July Digger previews the 2016 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase

The new issue of Digger magazine includes a special section showcasing the exciting new plant varieties that will be appearing at the New Varieties Showcase at the 2016 Farwest Show.

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

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USDA publishes research on brown marmorated stink bugs in orchard crops

A new publication, "Integrated Pest Management for Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Orchard Crops," was released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crops Research Initiative.

The pest was accidentally imported from Asia in the 1990s. It was first spotted in Oregon in 2004 and has caused economic damage in a variety of specialty crops including hazelnuts, apples and peaches. The stink bug is a particular worry for orchardists because its feeding produces brown rotten spots on the flesh of fruits.

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Clackamas Chapter golf outing postponed

The planned Clackamas Chapter golf outing that had been scheduled for this Saturday, July 9, has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced later. The gathering will take place at the Frontier Golf Course (2965 N Holly St, Canby), a par three course that is extremely family friendly. Lunch and kids activities will be provided. Watch for details when the new date is announced, or contact Amanda Staehely at 503-320-3466 or

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Three new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in June. To these new members, welcome!

Meghan Blake
Columbus, OH
Greenhouse & Retail Chapters

Hood View Gardens LLC
Dennis Nash
Sandy, OR
Mt. Hood Chapter

Suncrest Nurseries
Victoria Evanoff
Watsonville, CA 95076
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Tell the OAN Research Committee about your research needs and priorities

The OAN Research Committee would like to gain a better understanding from the diverse community of OAN members about our industry's research needs and priorities, so we can get the best return on our investment in research. The survey only takes a few minutes. Please take a moment to provide your feedback.

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Create buzz about your pollinator-friendly plants at the 2016 Farwest Show Growers Showcase

This year's Growers Showcase at the 2016 Farwest Show will highlight "Plants with a Purpose: Pollinators." Growers who are Farwest exhibitors can showcase their pollinator-friendly plants in the creatively designed Growers Showcase. Each plant will be displayed with your company name and booth number to drive more traffic to your booth. Best of all, it's at NO additional cost to you!

Fill out your plant submission form online or download the submission form and send to the OAN. For more information, contact Ali Pennell at or 503-582-2010.

Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2016 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to two summer trade shows — Cultivate'16 and IGC Chicago — and we are forming a waitlist for a third, IGC Baltimore.

Trucks to Trade Shows

Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make a reservation, fill out the order form and send it to Ali Pennell ( or fax it to 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Ali at 503-582-2010.

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Important Dates

Clackamas Chapter - POSTPONED
JULY 9 - The Clackamas Chapter golf outing scheduled for Saturday, July 9 has been postponed. A notice will be sent out to members, as soon as the new details are verified. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Staehely at 503-320-3466 or

Retail and Greenhouse Chapters
JULY 27 - On Wednesday, July 27, the Retail and Greenhouse chapters will meet at The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton, Oregon. Tours of new plants — presented by Ball FloraPlant, EuroAmerican, PanAmerican Seed and Selecta — will be given at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and presentations from Ron Newble of EuroAmerican on the new selections. Also, Ty Boland and Mark Hunter of The Oregon Garden will give updates on the current garden plantings and the future direction of the botanical attraction. Cost is $30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mark Leichty at or 503-522-9678.

Farwest Show
AUGUST 25-27 - Register now for the Farwest Show, taking place Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The show is growing; last year's attendees met over 400 exhibitors from across the globe and connected with over 6,000 industry professionals. This year is on track to be even better.

Registration offers range from a $5 admission for OAN members on up to combination tickets that help you save big. All include an early bird discount if you register now. More Info »

Farwest Nursery Tours
AUGUST 24 - Grow your success and competitive advantage. Discover new varieties. Meet new growers and suppliers. Explore new ideas. And meet other wonderful people and leaders in our industry. These are just a few reasons to join one of the Farwest tours. More Info »

FREE Farwest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall
AUGUST 25 - His speech, "Factors Affecting Short and Long-Term Demand in the Future," will share vital information that will guide the green industry as it formulates strategic marketing plans for the post-Great Recession economy. More Info »

Farwest Pub Crawl
AUGUST 25 - With names like Vlad the Imp Aler, Organic Green Elephant and Survival Seven Grain Stout, you know you're in a town devoted to microbrews and that is appropriately nicknamed Beervana. Farwest is celebrating the city's beer culture with its 5th Annual Pub Crawl. Explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers has to offer! More Info »

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OAN Resource Guide

OAN Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Resource Guide — a free download for members only.

This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.

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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

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 Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.

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