The Farwest Show is known for bringing out the best — and the most creative — in its exhibitors. The 2019 edition of the show is no exception.
Judges walked the floor to find the best of the best, recognizing several winners with the Ted Van Veen Best in Show booth awards. The show runs through Friday, August 23, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, Oregon.
”We pride the Farwest Show on being far from ordinary, and that plays out in all aspects of the show, from seminar lineup to the breadth of plant material and products and services, to the booth designs,” Show Director Allan NIemi said. “The Farwest Show is a true showcase for Oregon’s nursery industry, which is the largest sector in Oregon agriculture with nearly $1 billion in annual sales.”
Winning the overall Best in Show award was Little Prince of Oregon Nursery (Booth #7025), for their festive, holiday-themed booth, complete with (simulated) fireplace. The booth also collected an award for best 10×10 grower booth.
The Best in Show booth award comes with a free 10×10 booth space for the 2020 Farwest Show. Other Best of Division award winners included the following:
- Best 10×20 or Larger Row Booth – Youngblood Nursery (Booth #18047)
- Best Island Booth — Alpha Nursery (Booth #18019)
- Best 10×10 Booth – Western Pulp Products Co. (Booth #10051)
- Best 10×20 or Larger Row Booth – Phillips Soil Products Inc. (Booth #8055)
- Best Island Booth – PureCrop1 (Booth #22037)
The show also recognized exhibitors who put extra creativity into their booths with three Far From Ordinary booth awards. Winning that award this year were PureCrop1, Hopper Bros. (Booth #12010) and Open Range (Booth #9056).
The Farwest Show serves professionals engaged in the nursery industry and related trades, including retail nurseries, wholesale growers, landscapers, landscape designers, and others involved in the green industry. For more information about the 2019 Farwest Show, visit www.farwestshow.com.
Farwest is produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), a trade organization that represents and serves the interests of the ornamental horticulture industry. The OAN, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 750 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Any revenue realized from the Farwest Show is reinvested into the industry through education, research, marketing support and government relations.
Oregon’s nursery and greenhouse industry is among the state’s largest agricultural commodities, with nearly $1 billion in annual sales. It is also a traded sector; close to 80 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.