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OAN Member Update: March 20, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
March 20, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Plant Something vehicle wrap artwork now available

Plant Something™ now offers a new way to increase your business and spread the word about how growing plants helps enrich the lives of gardeners. Plant Something is partnering with Exhibit Experts to offer vehicle wraps; four themes are available to choose from, from "Play Dirty" to "Chill Out."

You decide which design(s) you like, which vehicles they will go on, and how much coverage you want based on your budget. Your company information and logo can be incorporated into the design. If you have an installer that you prefer, you can purchase the graphics through Exhibit Experts and continue to use your preferred vendor for installation, or they can recommend 3M certified installation professionals. Access to this exclusive Plant Something artwork is included as part of your OAN membership.

» More information about the vehicle wraps

Less than two weeks left to take advantage of FREE Nursery Guide listings

If you purchase at least one more Nursery Guide listing than you had in 2013, you'll receive up to 20 FREE listings. All you have to do is renew your listings between now and the early bird deadline of March 31, 2014. If you purchase one to 75 total listings, you will receive five listings FREE; purchase 76 or more total listings, and you will receive 20 listings FREE!

Renewing and modifying listings online is easier than ever. But if you need help, we're here for you: call us at 503-682-5089 or 800-342-6401, or drop us a line at You can also view tutorials or download the User Guide at; or click on "Help" at the top of the page.

» Get in the Guide

Cutworms, slugs and snails! Oh my!

Now is a good time to protect young plants from damage by cutworms, slugs and snails, according to pest alerts dispatched this week by Oregon State University Extension. Cutworm caterpillars are active at night, even in cool temperatures, and can often be found during the day curled up under debris or under the top layer of soil. Unchecked, they will tunnel into the swollen buds to dine on the rich resources there.

» More information on cutworms
» More information on slugs and snails

OFA Short Course becomes 'Cultivate — An AmericanHort Experience'

AmericanHort announced that its annual convention and trade show has been renamed to "Cultivate — An AmericanHort Experience."

"The word 'cultivate' reflects what happens at the event," said Michael V. Geary, president and CEO of AmericanHort. "Thousands of people attend each year to cultivate their businesses and professional networks."

Formerly known as OFA Short Course, Cultivate will continue to offer educational and networking experiences, and acres of trade show exhibits including new products, services, technology and plant varieties. This year's event will be held from July 12–15 in Columbus, Ohio.

» Visit for more information.

Chemeketa spring hort classes start March 31

The spring term at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., runs from March 31 through June 14. As part of its agricultural sciences program, horticulture classes cover a range of subjects — from nursery production and plant identification, to integrated pest management, urban forestry and more.

» Download the 2014 Spring Class Schedule

Early registration opens for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

The 25th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore., on Thursday, June 12. A benefit for the Oregon Nurseries' Politicial Action Committee, the event is a great way to reconnect with friends, have a lot of fun, and support a strong nursery industry voice in Salem and Washington, D.C. And, if you sign up before June 6, you'll save $10 off the regular registration fee of $109!

» Sign up now.
» View sponsorship opportunities.

Call for abstracts on invasive plants

On Sept. 16–17, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle, Wash., will host a two-day conference titled "Meeting the Challenge: Preventing, Detecting and Controlling Invasive Plants." Leading up to the event, organizers have issued a call for abstracts for oral and poster presenters. Those who would like to share their relevant experiences, data and knowledge on the conference theme are asked to submit a proposal by April 28.

» Download the Call for Abstracts info sheet

Safety Tip: Store hazardous chemicals properly

Storage of hazardous chemicals — including pesticides and herbicides — isn't just a matter of Oregon law. It's also a matter of safety for yourself, your workers and the environment. This leaflet (PDF) provides tips to keep you legal as well as safe. A key tip is to designate a storage area that is not likely to flood or expose the chemicals to water. It also should be situated 100 feet away from surface water and downslope from wells and other sensitive areas (such as feed storage areas). For more, read the leaflet. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Wanted: New plants for the New Varieties Showcase at Farwest

Do you have one or more exciting new plant introductions? The New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Trade Show is the place to show them off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers.

The showcase is now accepting submissions for the 2014 show. We're looking for plants with such characteristics as new colors, better manners, increasingly compact shape, extended seasons of interest, and improved landscape and production performance. To be eligible, all plant selections must be:

  • new to the market;
  • available for order from a Farwest Trade Show exhibitor; and
  • available fall 2014 or spring 2015.

The submission deadline is March 28, 2014.

»  Download the submission form
»  View the 2013 or prior selections
»  Contact Ann Murphy with questions at 503-682-5089 or

OAN Events

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 15 - Save the date for Arbor Day Celebration and Ag Fest Planning Meeting.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 26 - 27 - Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon Ag Fest.

Duffers Classic
 ♦ June 12 - Annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City (Register early and save)

In case you missed it...

Oregon Legislature wraps up 2014 session

Donations needed for learning garden

Apply now for water conservation grant program

Stormwater Challenge Workshops start this week

2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show a blooming success!

PCC looking for landscape workshop presenters

Gardens in Healthcare conference set for April 4

Wyden becomes new Senate Finance Committee chairman, may target tax reform

Apply by April 4 for two Clackamas County scholarships

USDA revises P. ramorum regulations

Dirr, Armitage and Stanley to speak at 2014 Farwest Trade Show

Advertise in the OAN Member Update

OAN Exposure Channels: A great place to grow

Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or

» Download the OAN Media Kit

The 2014 OAN Media Kit is now available



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