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New Love Clematis wins Judges Choice, People's Choice goes to First Editions® Ruffled Red Magic® Crape Myrtle, Skagit Gardens wins Best in Show booth honors
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September 2, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Farwest offers a 'Far From Ordinary' experience

The 2015 Farwest Show promised members of the nursery industry a "Far From Ordinary" trade show experience — and it delivered.

More than 6,000 industry professionals turned out for the expo August 27–29. The attendance was a 10 percent jump over 2014. Over 40 new exhibitors took part.

"The industry wanted an enhanced trade show experience, so we made that our goal," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We launched the Far From Ordinary campaign, featuring the unmistakable, hort-headed Farwest Fanatics. We know it connected because advance registrations were way up. The people attending told us they enjoyed the new look, but more importantly, they liked what was under the hood. The show now has strong forward momentum, and we hope to continue that momentum in 2016."

This year's show included the successful debut of the Solution Center for Growers, featuring 28 mini-seminars right on the show floor. It also had outstanding exhibitors, with an increased presence of retail goods; compelling seminars with industry experts; interesting nursery and retailer tours; fun networking events such as the Farwest Pub Crawl; and, earlier in the week, the International Trials Conference, which brought plant breeders from all over the world to Portland to discuss trialing standards and to network.

Attendees responded positively to the changes, as well as the combined synergy of all the show features. "There was something about it this year that was better," said landscape designer Linda Eggiman of Portland. "I could tell from the first time I walked through the door. It was well laid out and organized, and the seminars and classes were superior."

Exhibitors were happy, as well. "We made good contacts, and the show was much improved from the last time I was here," said Forrest Jones of exhibitor Star Roses. "People were asking for product who hadn't purchased from us before."

The show, founded in 1973, is produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), which represents Oregon's $830 million nursery industry.

Scenes from the 2015 Farwest Show

New Love Clematis wins Farwest Best in Show honors

Among the 49 outstanding new trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vines on display at the 2015 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase, one stood out from the crowd — New Love Clematis (Clematis 'New Love').

The star-shaped, self-supporting vine was chosen by the judges for Best in Show honors. It was developed by Wim Snoeijer from The Netherlands and introduced by Concept Plants. It is available from Farwest exhibitors JRT Nurseries Inc. Canada and Silver Falls Nursery.

The judges also chose three Plants of Merit: Golden Belltower Columnar Ironwood (Parrotia persica 'Golden Belltower' PPAF), First Editions® Summer Ruffle™ Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus 'Aarticus' PPAF) and Happiness Euonymus (Euonymus japonica 'Happiness').

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First Editions® Ruffled Red Magic® Crape Myrtle wins People's Choice Award

First Editions® Ruffled Red Magic® Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-VII' PPAF) won the Farwest Show People's Choice Award in the New Varieties Showcase, based on votes from show attendees. The plant was bred by Joshua Kardos and Dr. Michael Dirr of Watskinsville, Georgia. It is offered by Farwest exhibitor Bailey Nurseries Inc.

There were three runners-up in the People's Choice voting. They were Little Angel Yellow Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia x hybrida 'Little Angel Yellow'), Ketchup 'n' Fries™ TomTato® (Solanum lycopersicum/Solanum tuberosum 'Ketchup 'n' Fries') and Happiness Euonymus (Euonymus japonica 'Happiness').

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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.

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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.

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Other News

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OAN Events

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 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.

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