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Below are feature articles from 2014 issues of Digger listed by month, title, author and subject. For articles from 2015 or later, please check

A complete collection of Digger issues dating back to 1956 is available in the library at the OAN offices in Wilsonville, Ore. Back issues of Digger may be requested from the OAN Publications Department (subject to availability.)

2014 Archives
Issue Title Author Summary
December 2014
Sniffing out osmanthus Elizabeth Petersen These shrubs and trees have real appeal for their compelling fragrance, hardiness and variegation
Mutants among us Richard Regan The environment, phase change and mutations are three reasons why all plant clones do not grow alike
A hardy group for hardy plants Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
Bill Bosch Meet the Leader
Be a mentor — make a difference Jeff Stone Director's Desk
November 2014
Sage advice Loree Bohl Growers praise the sales potential of Salvia, the flowering and fragrant pollinator-friendly shrub
Planting inspiration OAN uses the Plant Something program to show consumers that'Plants make our lives better'
The needle damage done David Shaw, Alan Kanaskie, and Gabriela Ritokova A nuanced approach is the best treatment for Swiss needle cast on Douglas fir
Top 10 customer service mistakes Mark Fordice Pivot Points
Promoting the shield Jeff Stone Director's Desk
October 2014
The plan before the plants Kym Pokorny To make money in a post-recession economy, a good production plan is vital
Conversation-piece plants Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
A new crop of leaders These young guns of Oregon's nursery industry represent the future
No sun, no water, no problem Elizabeth Petersen Ferns, epimediums and other Northwest natives can withstand the darkest, driest growing conditions
The best/worst time for pathogens Leonard Coop New, weather-driven risk models indicate when box blight and apple scab are more likely to spread
Oregon at a crossroads Jeff Stone Director's Desk
September 2014
Take control of your digital marketing Casey Daline
Spreading nutrition over time Scott Renfro Knowing the effects of temperature and timing will help growers get the most from controlled-release fertilizers
Captivating Cryptomeria Loree Bohl Fascinating foliage and shifting colors are just two reasons these conifers catch the eye
Farwest Trade Show Curt Kipp Farwest continues its momentum in 2014
Bark is beautiful Niklaus J. Grunwald It's difficult, but important, to distinguish between different species of the deadly plant pathogen
Reaching toward Farwest's future Jeff Stone Director's Desk
August 2014
Bark is beautiful Kym Pokorny Bark may be an unsung attribute, but on these trees, it demands attention
Is there a plant doctor in the house? Mike Darcy Master gardener Mike Darcy stresses the importance of knowing how to diagnose plant problems.
The importance of brand voice Casey Daline Your brand voice — what you say and how you say it — is as important as your visual representation.
Diversity is the word Curt Kipp An OAN Member Profile on Blue Heron Farm, grower of a wide variety of plants and trees that meet customer demand.
Genteel magnolias Elizabeth Petersen This much-loved family of flowering trees is teeming with colorful characters.
Portland on tap Peter Szymczak No matter which path you choose, exploring the Rose City is bound to be delicious fun.
The ins and outs of automation Tracy Ilene Miller Nursery managers explain how and why they mechanized their operations.
Improving a garden classic Ryan Contreras and Jason D. Lattier Targeted breeding efforts with rose-of-Sharon aim for new combinations of form and color.
Continuing our legacy The Oregon Nurseries Foundation supports present and incoming college students pursuing horticulture careers with these scholarships for the 2014–15 college year.
Let science be our guide Jeff Stone OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone discusses how collaboration between environmental groups and agriculture can ensure pollinator health.
July 2014
So cold-hardy, they're hot Loree Bohl From tiny sedums to towering yuccas, cold-hardy cacti and succulents can fit every size garden
Meet the growers Curt Kipp The Farwest Trade Show lets buyers talk to small nursery owners and managers
Controlling powdery mildew Jay W. Pscheidt Sanitation, scouting and timely applications of fungicides are the keys to curbing its spread
Setting the new Standard Elizabeth Petersen The new American Standard for Nursery Stock redefines expectations within the trade
The founding farmers Jeff Stone Director's Desk
June 2014
Meet the manzanitas Elizabeth Petersen Word is getting out on these sturdy natives, which are well adapted to the garden
Nasty Nostoc Heather Stoven and Jennifer Parke Researchers explore treatments for this slime-like bacterium, which causes headaches in nursery production
Protecting pollinators Peter Szymczak Growers, scientists and government agencies seek ways to safeguard bees
An advocate for bamboo Mike Darcy
Meet the Leader: Jim Gilbert The member of OAN's executive committee shares his joys — and challenges — of growing green.
Aspiring Americans Jeff Stone Director's Desk
May 2014
OAN Member Profile:
Broadmead Nursery
Curt Kipp Broadmead Nursery, founded in 1994, is a small grower based in the western Willamette Valley and specializing in wholesale grasses, perennials and small shrubs.
Going to extremes Kym Pokorny
Our Northwest climate demands plants that thrive in wet winters and dry summers
A botanical legacy Richard R. Halse OSU's Herbarium shows what grew in Oregon in the past — and what may grow here in the future
Getting ready for the mandate Tony Andrade and Michelle VanDellen Here are factors to consider as your company develops an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy.
Building a better booth Tracy Ilene Miller An engaging trade show booth can help build new customer relationships and renew old ones
A humble pioneer Jeff Stone Director's Desk
April 2014
Contained, but unrestrained Elizabeth Petersen Gardening in pots, boxes and hanging baskets offers limitless planting possibilities
Meet the leader: Ryan Basile The Farwest Trade Show chairman talks about his love of providing great products and services for the nursery industry.
Learning from the experts John Stanley Green industry gurus will share their far-reaching knowledge at Farwest
Attracting, training and retaining a winning team Peter Szymczak Creative ways to grow the nursery and greenhouse workforce today and for the future
Stealing the green Robin Rosetta Prevention is the best defense against the azalea lace bug
Shaping our identity Jeff Stone Director's Desk
March 2014
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Emphasize local Casey
Marketing experts say now is the time to focus attention on your local roots.
OAN Member Profile: Egan Gardens Curt Kipp Ellen Egan, descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, leads Egan Gardens into the future.
The unusual suspects Loree Bohl Flamboyant and downright strange plants draw attention to the garden.
Contained, but not eradicated Ebba Peterson The war against sudden oak death in southwest Oregon forests wages on, but nursery diligence still makes a difference.
When reason wins Jeff Stone Director's Desk
February 2014
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A myriad of Crape Myrtles Kim Pokorny Colorful and cold hardy, crape myrtles come in a variety of shades and sizes
To garden is to care Mike Darcy What I'm Hearing
Meet the Leader: Mike Coleman OAN's president-elect says labor and immigration are the industry's most challenging issues.
Container management Elizabeth Petersen Growers can choose from a variety of supplies and methods that help stabilize stock against wind and other factors.
Demystifying Rhodococcus fascians Melodie Putnam Prevention is the grower's best defense against this tenacious pathogen.
Posing the right questions Jeff Stone Director's Desk
January 2014
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J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Watch the Video Oregon giant still pursues its founder's vision of innovating for the long haul
Hochstein Nursery Watch the Video Owner Ron Hochstein learned a roll-up-your-sleeves mentality at an early age
Countryside & Fairdale Nurseries Watch the Video An optimistic outlook and sound approach have served owner Jim Farley well
Rickel's Tree Farm Watch the Video A former drafting teacher finds his true passion in the growing fields
Native Grounds Nursery Watch the Video Two Ohio transplants find their native ground along Oregon's Calapooia River
Through a greenhouse, brightly Richard Regan When installing supplemental lighting, there are several factors to consider
Inches from history Jeff Stone Director's Desk
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