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OAN Member Update: September 25, 2013
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 25, 2013     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN wins USDA grant for Plant Something campaign

The Oregon Association of Nurseries has secured a $90,250 USDA grant, which will be used to expand the Plant Something campaign in Oregon. The campaign is designed to educate consumers on the financial, health and environmental benefits of plants. Organizers hope the result will be more traffic to garden centers and retail nurseries, and higher sales (both wholesale and retail).

"The Plant Something campaign is designed to resonate with people who might not be typical gardeners," OAN Marketing Director Ann Murphy said. "We want to reach out to the non-gardener and create long-term awareness of the benefits that plants will provide for them, their families and their communities." [Read more]

OAN office will be closed Friday, Sept. 27

The Oregon Association of Nurseries office will be closed for business on Friday, Sept. 27. This is one of three furlough days the OAN Board of Directors has approved as a cost-cutting measure. The other furlough days will be Oct. 18 and Nov. 15. We regret any inconvenience. The OAN office will be back open and ready to serve you on Monday, Sept. 30.

Reserve your Booth at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Stone addresses House Energy and Environment Committee

The OAN and its members are working hard to mitigate climate change, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone told the Oregon House Committee on Energy and Environment last Wednesday. Stone gave prominent mention to the OAN sustainability initiative. He also highlighted the preliminary results of the Climate Friendly Nursery Project — a first-of-its-kind pilot program that has achieved an impressive 20-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions so far. The OAN and its members also remain committed to a 25-percent reduction in energy consumption over the next decade.

"It's important to recognize that climate change is happening. It has an economic consequence to the greenhouse and nursery industry," Stone said. "As our weather gets warmer, we'll be exposed to different pests and diseases that were previously California-based — and that could shut off markets if we're not thinking ahead." [Read more]

Gov. Kitzhaber calls state legislature to special session

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has called the Oregon Legislature into a Sept. 30 special session to approve additional reforms to public pensions and new tax revenue for schools and other services. Two items of particular interest to OAN are PERS reform to reduce the unfunded liability that presently exists, and a rule that would prohibit counties from enacting their own rules on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These bills and the revenue bill are part of a so-called "grand bargain" agreed upon by the governor and House and Senate leaders from both parties. Kitzhaber has said he will not sign any part of the package unless the entire package is passed.

The Columbia River Crossing project — the effort to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge as an Oregon-led project — may also be considered. It is not part of the grand bargain, but may move forward anyway if backers think they have the votes.

AM Northwest highlights Oregon's nursery industry

The Oregon nursery industry recently was featured on the AM Northwest television show on KATU, Channel 2 in Portland. The Bigej family, owners of Al's Garden Centers, is featured in this four-and-a-half-minute video. The segment explains the industry's role within Oregon agriculture and the state's overall economy, while also explaining the lifestyle benefits of ornamental and edible plant material.

Registration deadline is today: Multi-chapter meeting on winter weather

Winter weather will be the main topic when the Willamette, Sunset and Clackamas chapters hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Wellspring Conference Center (1475 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn, Ore). All chapters are welcome. Guest speaker George Taylor of Applied Climate Services is scheduled to give a talk entitled, "Winter Weather Is Coming: Are You Ready?" He will offer tips and predictions to help you get prepared for the upcoming fall season and beyond. A social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., then the presentation. The cost is $25. Click here for more information and to register online. The registration deadline is Sept. 25.

Register now for the OAN One-Day Convention

Registration is open for the 2013 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore. We look forward to seeing you there! The day's schedule is as follows:

  • Annual Membership Business Meeting and Officer Installation — 2–4:30 p.m., free (register today)
  • President's Awards Banquet — 6–9 p.m., $65 per person (register today)
  • No-host cocktail reception — 9 p.m.–midnight, Fireside Lounge

Also, you can make your reservations to stay over at the Oregon Garden Resort by calling 503-874-2500. OAN members receive a discounted room rate of $69 plus tax, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. Members must provide the code "OANMTG" to receive the special room rate in our room block for the evening of Nov. 8. The room block is limited and will expire on October 8, so hurry!

Help homeless pets in our community

The annual Telethon to End Petlessness supports all the programs and community services of the Oregon Humane Society. OHS would like to partner with OAN members to borrow a modest amount of plants, shrubs and small trees to make the telethon set look fabulous on KATU Channel 2 and, therefore, generate more donations from viewers. If you would be willing to loan some or all of this plant material for a few days, please contact Jane Morrison, OHS Corporate Relations Manager (503-416-7084 or to discuss transportation, signage, recognition and other benefits to promote your company.

Learn how to save a life at OAN's First Aid and CPR classes

The OAN Safety Committee is presenting First Aid and CPR classes in October as a service to members and the industry. Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years.

Each class runs from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $42 for first-time or expired certifications and $32 for renewals. Register and pay at, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.

Eating invasive species proves fair game

The Wall Street Journal recently published a story about a unique culinary event that sought to raise local awareness about invasive species. The article, "In Oregon's War Against Invasive Species, All Is Fare," documents a gourmet dinner prepared by local chefs who cooked with species environmentalists want to eradicate. Feral boar, bullfrogs, dandelion weeds and Himalayan blackberries were a few of the destructive flora and fauna featured on the menu. Click here to view a short video segment about the event.

First OktoberPest workshop to address azalea lace bug

Azalea lace bug has seen increased distribution in the Pacific Northwest and has become a new concern. Learn more about the identification, biology and pest management of azalea lace bug in nurseries and landscapes during the first OktoberPest workshop, "When Rhodies Wear White: Integrated Pest Management of Azalea Lace Bug," on Thursday, October 3, from 9 a.m. – noon.

Taking place every Thursday in October, OktoberPest is a series of pest management workshops presented by Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). All sessions will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 N.E. Miley Road, Aurora, Ore.). Organizers have applied to make pesticide license recertification credits available. Registration information and descriptions of the other four OktoberPest workshops can be found by logging on to the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page.

Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Have you reserved your booth for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees? This three-day consumer extravaganza will happen Feb. 28–March 2, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10 by 10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!

OAN Events

Retail and Greenhouse chapters
 ♦ September 26 - Grow your Profits with the Power of HGTV, presented by Maria Zampini, President of Upshoot, LLC.

Clackamas, Sunset and Willamette chapters
 ♦ October 8 - Winter Weather Forecast, Speaker: George Taylor, CCM

OAN One-Day Convention
 ♦ November 8 - Register today for the One-Day Convention of the Membership and President's Awards Banquet at the Oregon Garden

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OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist

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