2023® Perennial Plant of the Year Announcement

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The Farwest Show 2022 conference lineup in Portland offers seminars for all types of green industry professionals, including growers, ranchers, arborists, landscapers, landscapers, business people, specialists marketers, nurseries, vendors and of course anyone interested in sustainability.

For three days, from Wednesday to Friday from August 24 to 26, more than 50 hours of educational content are scheduled. All Farwest seminars offer some form of professional development credit, including 10 courses good for pesticide certification.

“Farwest brings together green industry professionals,” said Heather Cyrus, events and education manager for the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), which produces Farwest. “Our range of seminars are designed to spark new ideas, gather tips to pass on to your team, and inspire creative new ways to run your business. Whether you want to learn how to be more efficient, attract the best employees, market your product or grow the best trees, flowers and shrubs, there will be a seminar for everyone.

The Farwest conference lineup features several well-known experts sharing their knowledge, all in one place, including:

  • Anne Obarskyfounder and CEO of Merchandise Concepts, presenting sessions on improving your workplace culture, creating an amazing customer experience in your garden center and marketing your retail space for maximum impact;
  • Alison Kutzbiocontrol advisor and owner at Sound Horticulture, presenting two sessions on beneficial insects;
  • Dr Josef Racskochief technology officer at Mycorrhizal Applications LLC, presentation on plant growth regulators;
  • Danny SummersManaging Director of The Garden Center Group, showcasing the future of retail;
  • Nancy Buleydirector of communications at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., showcasing the development and selection of climate-resilient urban trees;
  • Dr. Ann Chase, co-founder of Chase Agricultural Consulting, giving updates on plant disease control products; and
  • Timothy HowardPresident and Founder of Clarity Connect Inc., discussing how to put your best business forward on the web, as well as how to reinvest in your business to improve future performance.

The show and conference will also include a keynote address by Greg Bell, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, which will be free to all registered Farwest attendees. It will inspire participants and their businesses to unlock their potential by embracing a high performance mindset and focusing their attention on their core values ​​and the things that matter most.

After Bell’s keynote, the trade show will open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday August 25 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday August 26. will run all three days beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with tours of the Farwest Nursery taking place on Tuesday, August 23.

Registration for the show and the conference is done live on www.farwestshow.com/register. Organizations offering professional credit for the various sessions include the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Oregon Landscape Contractors Board (OLCB), Idaho Department of Agriculture (IDA) , the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR).

Oregon nurseries and greenhouse growers sold $1.19 billion worth of nursery stock in the last tabulated year. The showroom will host nearly 300 exhibiting companies including nursery and greenhouse wholesalers, equipment suppliers, allied service providers and suppliers for growers, retailers and landscape industries and more .

Full details on events, daily schedules, speakers and education for Farwest are posted at www.farwestshow.com.

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