Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join
Community Search
Member Update: 08_31_16
Share |
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
AUGUST 31, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Farwest continues to show strong growth

The Farwest Show continues to grow — just like Oregon's top-quality plants, trees and shrubs. More than 6,300 industry professionals turned out for the 2016 edition of the national nursery and greenhouse industry expo. It was a 6 percent increase over 2015, marking the second consecutive year that attendance went up.

The show also featured 53 new exhibitors, which was the most since 2012. The total number of exhibitors was over 400, which was a 4 percent increase over 2015.

"Exhibiting at Farwest is good for business, both short and long term," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Handshake agreements are still part of how business is done, which is why it was great to see so many new connections made on the show floor, on the tours, or even at events like the Farwest Pub Crawl. We are thrilled with the number of new attendees and exhibitors, the number of formal and informal tours people took during Farwest week, and the fact that we've kept our show unique, successful and green."

The Farwest Show was held Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1973, it remains the largest green industry trade show in the West. It is produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), which represents Oregon's $894-million-and-growing nursery industry.

Read more

Little Prince of Oregon wins Best of Show booth award

Little Prince of Oregon Nursery (Booth #7025) won the coveted Ted Van Veen Best in Show booth award for their clever use of plant material — including sedum wigs for company employees Ryan Seely and Mark Leichty that gave the term "hair farmers" a new meaning. Sedum-strewn guitars completed the look for the Aurora, Oregon-based growers. The booth also was good enough to win Best 10×10 Booth in the Grower Division.

In fact, the show has had so many exhibitors pushing the creativity on their booths that the show created a Far From Ordinary booth award to recognize some of them. Winning the award this year were Dummen Group (Booth #8046), Plantaflor USA Inc. (Booth #4055) and Skagit Gardens Inc. (Booth #22037). View pictures of this year's award winners.

Read more

BabyCakes™ Blackberry wins top judges' honors at Farwest New Varieties Showcase

Among the 55 outstanding new trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vines displayed at the 2016 New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Show, BabyCakes™ Blackberry (Rubus x 'APF-236T') stood out from the crowd.

The dwarf thornless blackberry bush, bred by the University of Arkansas and jointly selected by Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. and the University of Arkansas, was chosen by the Farwest Show judges for Best in Show honors.

The judges chose three other plants for honorable mention status: Purple Pillar™ Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus 'Purple Pillar'), First Editions® Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-IX' PPAF) and Cherry Berries Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens 'GaulSid5').

Read more

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


CanWest 2016

Looking for work in the Green Industry?

Advertise here!

Lavalamp™ Sublime™ Hydrangea wins People's Choice Award

Lavalamp™ Sublime™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Kolmakilma' PPAF, CBRAF) won the Farwest Show People's Choice Award in the New Varieties Showcase, based on votes from show attendees. The plant was hybridized by Kolster BV in The Netherlands, and is available from Farwest Show exhibitor Van Belle Nursery Inc.

There were three runners-up in the People's Choice voting. They were Cherry Berries Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens 'GaulSid5'), First Editions® Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-IX' PPAF) and Hollywood™ Hibiscus Hot Shot™ (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis '8117-8' PPAF).

Japanese beetle outbreak detected in Washington County

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) reported that a record number of invasive Japanese beetles have been detected in Washington County within the city of Portland this summer. To date, ODA has found 265 Japanese beetles in traps placed in the area as well as numerous live beetles causing feeding damage on roses and other plants. This evidence suggests a breeding population of the non-native insect has been established.

Japanese beetle is a major plant pest in other parts of the United States. As a grub, it can be very destructive to turf. As an adult, the bright metallic green beetle with copper-colored wing covers will feast on a wide variety of plant material including trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. The pest can be destructive in urban and agricultural environments, and is also subject to agricultural quarantine regulations.

No eradication plans have been made yet in response to the outbreak. ODA will continue to trap for Japanese beetles in hopes of pinpointing the location of the breeding population and potential treatment next year.

Read more

Coba to leave post as ODA director

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Katy Coba, who currently directs the Oregon Department of Agriculture, to serve as the state's chief operating officer and as director of the Department of Administrative Services.

Coba's appointment is effective Oct. 1, pending confirmation by the Oregon Senate in September. Coba has headed the Oregon Department of Agriculture since 2003. As director, she is responsible for promoting Oregon agriculture to regional, domestic and international markets.

"Katy has been a valuable partner and steadfast advocate for the nursery industry and agriculture," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "I cannot thank her enough for her dedicated service to the ag community."

Read more

Reminder regarding pesticide options for aphids on linden trees

The dog days of August have brought increasing reports of heavy aphid infestations in some common residential landscape shade trees, along with complaints about the resulting unpleasant honeydew.

One of the most common trees experiencing this problem is the European linden (Tilia europaea), aka American basswood, which is famous for its role in several high-profile bee die off incidents resulting from the use of neonicotinoid insecticide products before and/or during bloom, specifically for aphid control.

As a result of the incidents, a regulation was adopted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 2015. This regulation prohibits applications to linden trees, by any method, of any product containing clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid or thiamethoxam. Applicators can use appropriately labeled non-foliar products that contain abamectin (post-bloom) or acetamiprid, but not while bees are actively visiting the treated area.

Applicators are encouraged to use the Pesticide Information Center Online. For more information, contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture at 503-986-4635.

Fundraiser for Rep. Mark Johnson set for Sept. 7

The OAN and its members Dan Nelson and J. Frank Schmidt III will host a re-election fundraiser for Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), a long-time champion of the nursery industry. All members are invited to attend and show their support. The event will take place from 5:30–7 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 7 at J. Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery (9500 SE 327th Ave., Boring). Please RSVP to Cassie Hayt at 716-799-3969 or

Read more

Save the date: 2017 International Master Gardener Conference — July 10–14, 2017

Join Master Gardeners from around the globe at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC), hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program. The conference will be held July 10–14, 2017, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

IMGC has been held every two years since 1987. The conference provides an opportunity for Master Gardeners, state and county coordinators, volunteers, faculty and staff from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea to come together and learn through seminars and tours, as well as the International Search for Excellence Program.

Keynote speakers include Renee Shepherd, a seed developer, gardener, entrepreneur and author; plantsman Dan Hinkley; and wildlife biologist John Marzluff. Early bird, discounted registration will open on October 10, 2016.

Read more

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District to host conservation tour and BBQ on Sept. 17

The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will host its eleventh annual Conservation Tour and BBQ from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. The event will be held this year at Hoffman Farms (22242 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton). The farm features a drip irrigation system and a wetland project. There will also be a tour of a neighboring farm's streamside restoration project along the Tualatin River. These conservation projects protect water quality, reduce erosion, attract wildlife and support pollinators. To RSVP, log on to

Read more

Registration for Women in Sustainable Agriculture conference now open

The fifth National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture will bring together farmers, educators and activists who are engaged in healthy food and farming. The goal is to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers. This year, organization of the conference is being led by Oregon State University Small Farms Programs.

The conference will take place November 30–December 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland). Cost is $200.

Read more

Important Dates

OAN Annual Convention
NOVEMBER 4-6 - The Oregon Association of Nurseries' Annual Convention will take place at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Festivities kick off Friday evening with the hospitality suites reception. The Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session will take place on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

Reserve your room now! Special rates begin at $129/night. Call Sunriver at 800-547-3922 for reservations in this limited room block. Mention Oregon Association of Nurseries 2016 Convention for special rates. Special rates discount deadline is October 5 or when room block is full.

In case you missed it...

China's new shipping requirements affect American shipments

Oregon nurseries approach $900 million in annual sales

Pennsylvania declares boxwood quarantine

New NWREC nursery/greenhouse crop production faculty hired

Oregon Garden Resort offers special rate for OAN members

$36.5 million in grants awarded for specialty crop research and extension investments

Time to inspect trees for Asian longhorned beetle

Now's the time to apply for 2017 crop insurance coverage

Bipartisan group calls for comprehensive immigration reform

Corporate tax proposal headed to November ballot

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.

Download the Guide


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.

The 2016 OAN Media Kit is now available
Download the OAN Media Kit
Follow OAN on Facebook Are your Co-Workers missing out on the Member Update

© Copyright 2016 Oregon Association of Nurseries
29751 SW Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, OR 97070
Ph: 503.682.5089 | 888-283-7219 | F: 503.682.5099 | ♦

Email your story ideas, tips and comments to Curt Kipp, Director of Publications and Communications, or call him at 503-582-2008.

View Archive Editions.

Sign In/Renew Membership


Worker Protection Standard training

Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

Worker Protection Standard training

Worker Protection Standard training

Worker Protection Standard training

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter Email Us

Copyright © 2018 Oregon Association of Nurseries All Rights Reserved.
29751 SW Town Center Loop W. Wilsonville, OR 97070 • Get Directions
Phone: 888-283-7219 • 503-682-5089 • Fax: 503-682-5099 • E-mail us