“Grower to Garden Center: An Industry Seminar,” will be presented all day on Jan. 20 by the Greenhouse and Retail chapters of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. The proceedings will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (with a social hour afterwards) at Bauman Farms, 29898 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais, Ore. Topics will include grower and retailer marketing, beneficial insects, social media marketing, Phytophthora ramorum, and more. You can even get two pesticide credits by attending the sessions on beneficials and P. ramorum. Things will wrap up with a panel discussion of industry leaders. Speakers will include Kelly Feller of Armchair Marketing, Ed Hume of Ed Hume Seeds and TV/radio fame, John Maurer of Evergreen Growers Supply, plant pathologist Dr. Jennifer Parke of Oregon State University, Judy Sharpton of Growing Places Marketing, and Brian Spencer of Applied Bionomics. Lunch will be provided. The cost will be $40 per person in advance or three from the same company for $100. Cost at the door will be higher, at $50 per person and no meal guaranteed. The student rate is $30 per person with valid student ID. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, Jan. 15. Register online at www.oan.org, or download the flier (PDF) and mail in the form. For details, call Jason Padden, 503-729-0655.
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.