Here's what you need to know about Farwest 2017

Here's what you need to know about Farwest 2017

See the speakers and attend the events that will set this year's event apart.

August 8, 2017
Press Release

Wilsonville, Oregon – Farwest 2017, August 23-25 in Portland, Ore., is offering attendees the chance to see a variety of different speakers and attend and participate in multiple events.

Renowned plant breeders Ryan Contreras and Kim Shearer will discuss new plant development. Learn more about their talks here.

Garden communicator Brie Arthur and Greenbrier Nurseries owner Jim Monroe will cover sustainability in the landscape and the opportunities for food at garden retail in seminars. Learn about those talks here.

The keynote address will be given by Terri McEnaney, president of Bailey Nurseries, who will cover how to develop the essential connections you need in business and horticulture. Learn more here.

Farwest 2017 seminar speakers Dr. Raymond Cloyd and Carlos E. Bográn, Ph.D deliver talks on various aspects of pest management

Farwest will offer four seminars delivered by industry experts, Dr. Raymond Cloyd and Carlos E. Bográn, Ph.D, touching on subjects of particular interest to greenhouse and nursery growers everywhere. Talks will cover aspects of pest management, with focus on particular pests, biologic controls, implementation strategies, and worker protection.

Cloyd, State Extension Leader for Entomology, Professor and Extension Specialist in Horticultural
Entomology/Plant Protection, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, will present two
seminars at Farwest. The fi rst, ‘Scale Management’, will offer a better understanding of a major pest and
strategies for protecting plants from scale infestation. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23,
8:30-9:30a, Room B117-119. His second seminar, ‘Plant Protection of Greenhouse Insect and Mite Pests’,
takes place Thursday, August 24, 9:45-10:45a, Room B117-119. Cloyd will discuss the plant protection
strategies that must be implemented in order to avoid or mitigate problems with insects or mites on
greenhouse-grown horticultural crops.

Dr. Cloyd has an extension appointment at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) with focus on pest
management in multiple areas of plant production. He has published extensively on pest management/plant
protection and authored or co-authored numerous books. Dr. Cloyd has received numerous awards and
honors from all corners of the horticulture industry.

Bográn, Technical Manager, OHP Inc., will deliver two seminars, both sponsored by OHP Inc. In his fi rst
talk, ‘Conservation Biological Control and Biopesticides for Nursery IPM’, Wednesday, August 23, 9:45-
10:45a, Room B117-119, he will summarize current knowledge on conservation biological control theory
and practice, covering identifi cation, application, and pest control. His second seminar, ‘Worker Protection
Standards Training’, is Spanish-only and will touch on all subject matter content required under the Worker
Protection Standard (WPS) training for handlers. The seminar is set for Wednesday, August 23, 12:30-
1:30p, Room B115-116.

Dr. Bográn has been involved in agricultural research, education and development for more than 20 years.
He is the past President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Southwestern Branch and subject
editor of ESA journals Integrated Pest Management and Arthropod Management Tests. He is a member of
the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (ASHS) and the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

Farwest 2017 provides two great venues for after-hours networking fun for show participants

Farwest offers attendees and exhibitors a great mix of fun and networking in two after-hours events this year.

The first is a brand new addition to the Farwest schedule. Happy Hour, sponsored by Anderson Pots,
AmericanHort, and Alpha Nursery, will take place at the close of the Show’s fi rst day, Wednesday, August
23, 5-7p near the entrance at Lobby A. Everyone is invited to cheer the day with a glass of beer or wine
from a no-host bar. Free hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The ever-popular Pub Crawl takes place on Thursday, August 24, 5:30-7:30p at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830
E. Burnside St., Portland. With a new wrinkle in format, this year’s gathering will stay at the one location
for a bigger and better experience. Attendees will be provided a map of neighboring pubs, breweries, and
distilleries to embark their own crawl afterwards and an evening of fun and relaxation.

Farwest Show ‘Beer Sherpas’ will depart between 5:15-5:30pm from the Show Office Room C120 to guide
participants to the Doug Fir Lounge via the Portland Streetcar local transit.

The first 50 people to the Doug Fir Lounge will receive a complimentary beverage.

Farwest 2017 speaker and author Jeff Lowenfels presents A Growers Guide To Mycorrhizal Fungi

Farwest has invited mycorrhizal fungi authority Jeff Lowenfels to share his knowledge and insight on the subject as part of this year’s education program. Lowenfels’ seminar, ‘The Growers Guide to Mycorrhizal Fungi: You Better Learn This Stuff!’, takes place on Thursday, August 24, 9:45-10:45a, in Room B113-114.

Lowenfels is a contributing expert to the better understanding of the key role mychorrizal fungi has in relation with all terrestrial plants. His seminar will give greenhouse growers guidance and practices for utilizing mycorrhizal fungi in producing better plants. Lowenfels recently completed the last in Timber Press’ best selling Teaming Trilogy, Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Growers Guide to Mycorrhizae.

Lowenfels has been writing an award-winning garden column for the Anchorage Dispatch News for over forty years. He is the founder of Plant a Row for the Hungry, a program that encourages all gardeners to donate one row to feed the hungry. A popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using the concepts of the soil food web, Lowenfels is the former president of the Garden Writers Association.

Farwest 2017 seminar speakers and renowned plantsmen Daniel Hinkley and Sean Hogan spotlight plants for the Northwest landscape and gardens

Farwest welcomes two of the country’s leading plant authorities, Daniel Hinkley and Sean Hogan, to deliver seminars on plants particularly suited for the landscape and gardens of the Pacific Northwest.

Hinkley, Director of Heronswood Garden and The Gardens of Windcliff, will present two seminars during Farwest. His first, ‘Underutilized Plants for the Northwest Landscape’, scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 8:30-9:30a, Room113-114, will explore an inventory of understated plants that can provide stellar performance in Northwest gardens. In a second seminar, ‘The Dry Lush; Drought Tolerant Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens’, set for Thursday, August 24, 8:30-9-:30a, Room B110-112, Hinkley will showcase plants that provide remarkable foliage, flowers, fruit and bark throughout the year in the modified Mediterranean climate of the Northwest.

In 1987, Hinkley and partner, Robert L. Jones, founded Heronswood Nursery, devoted to rare and unusual plants. He currently resides in Indianola, WA where he is in the process of his latest endeavor, the Gardens of Windcliff, overlooking Puget Sound, and comprised of many and varied garden spaces, a large greenhouse, raised beds, and a generous potager for research in edibles. He is currently working on three books related to the span of his efforts and experiences in horticulture.

Hogan, Owner, Cistus Design Nursery, delivers his talk, ‘Plants for Now and the Future’, Thursday, August 24, 3:30-4:30p, Room B113-114. He will share examples of trees, shrubs, and perennials particularly suited for the current garden environment of the Pacific Northwest.

At Cistus Design Nursery, Hogan shares the joys of plants through education, outreach, and enthusiasm. He serves the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon as director of collections. He is also curator of the University of California Berkeley Botanical Garden, in charge of the Australian, New Zealand, Canary Island and South African Collections. Hogan designed the New Zealand Forest Plant Collection at the University of Washington Arboretum. He is an accomplished author, with his third book with Timber Press, due out this year.

2017 Farwest Show Retailers’ Choice Awards to recognize best new products for garden retail

Farwest will once again sponsor The Garden Center Group’s Retailers’ Choice Awards at this year’s Show. The Retailers’ Choice Awards takes place at major trade shows around the country each year. At Farwest, representatives of The Garden Center Group will search the Show fl oor for the top new innovative plants, hard goods, products, and services that can make a positive impact on operations and bottom-line performance for independent garden centers.

The Awards process takes place over two days, Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24. It will be led by Danny Summers, Managing Director, The Garden Center Group. All garden retailers are welcome to participate in the product search on Wednesday, August 23, gathering at the Show main entrance C-Lobby at noon for instruction and nomination forms. After searching the fl oor and gathering entries individually on Wednesday, the team will regroup at 5p, Room A103, to compare notes and choose top picks. Winners will be presented at the Retailer Idea Center, on the Show floor, on Thursday, August 24, at 3p. Representatives from companies awarded will share information on their products at that time.

To participate in the judging, retailers must pre-register. To sign up, go to, to the ‘Show
Features’ page and access the Retailers’ Choice Awards registration link.

The Retailers’ Choice Award is a program of The Garden Center Group. The Garden Center Group is an alliance of 125 premier garden centers and professional products and service providers from around the country. The Group is not a buying group. It is a resource for solutions to operational issues facing retailers today. The Group focuses on business solutions designed to help independent garden centers increase sales, improve operations and retain more profi t.

A complete description of The Retailers’ Choice Awards can be seen at

Farwest 2017 offers Spanish translated and Spanish-only education on aspects of nursery plant production including class credit

Farwest will offer unique educational opportunities with a program designed around the particular needs of the Hispanic workforce. Only at Farwest will attendees find 8 informative hours of Spanish translated and Spanish-only education related to various topics relevant to nursery and greenhouse production.

A key component of the Farwest education track includes a Pesticide Recertifi cation Class available per
day earning 2 credit hours and available for three days of classes earning 6 credit hours.

“This aspect of our Education program demonstrates Farwest’s commitment to raising the bar for everyone
in the industry,” said Allan Niemi, Director of Events for OAN. “We want to provide learning that helps
companies and individuals succeed. Our Spanish-focused seminars set a standard for horticulture trade