Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Enter to Win – 2nd Annual Farwest Show Tour

The Farwest Show, one of the nursery industry’s largest wholesale trade shows (and the largest show held at the Oregon Convention Center), is fast approaching. For the second time, we’d like to give Random Acts of Gardening readers an opportunity to meet some of Oregon’s finest wholesale growers. This year, the emphasis is on conifers. The Oregon Association of Nurseries, the producers of the trade show, declared this the “Year of the Conifer” because we believe conifers are underutilized in the landscape and Oregon is the largest growers of grafted conifers in the U.S.

You’ll be escorted to the conifer display and its 100 different conifers where you’ll meet Richard Bitner, author of Designing with Conifers (2010, Timber Press). He’ll point out some outstanding varieties that he thinks are particularly useful in the landscape. We’ll have a drawing for a signed copy of his book. We’ll also take in the New Varieties Showcase, where 51 new plants will be displayed and you’ll be encouraged to vote for your favorite. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to a representative from Iseli Nursery talk about Conifer Chameleons: Choosing Conifers with Seasonal Interest. And you’ll be introduced to several exceptional conifer growers.

When: Saturday, August 27, 12:30-2pm (you’re welcome to walk the show, which closes at 4pm, after the tour wraps up)

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland (meet outside the Farwest Show Office, RmC120, near the dragon boat entrance to the exhibition hall)

Thank you for your interest! Space for this tour was limited and we have already reached capacity.

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