Widespread wildfires prompt greater demand for fire-safe plants and landscaping As the wildfires of Labor Day 2020 tore through Oregon, the impacts on homes and forests were sevbere. The flames devoured a million acres of forestlands, and destroyed more than 4,000 homes. The impacts are something foresters, landscape professionals and nursery operators must pay attention […]
The 2018 Farwest Show, August 22-24, in Portland, Oregon, offers two tour tracks with special interest for nursery growers in this year’s Nursery Country Tours on Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by The Peters Company, one tour will give participants a close look at best practices of area tree growers in […]
The 2018 Farwest Show, August 22-24, in Portland, Oregon, will focus on sustainable practices for greenhouse production in its tour, “Growing Toward Energy Efficiency in Greenhouse Production”, on Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sponsored by The Peters Company, the tour will highlight developments and improvements in greenhouse operations toward a more sustainable […]
These oxygen molecules in the lower atmosphere, also known as smog, can damage growing plants During the summer, attention turns to air quality all over the western United States, as smoke from hot forest fires fills our valleys. Most of the smoke is made of small particulates that are not known to damage plants. At […]
Soil and water conservation districts are here to help landowners, not regulate them What is an SWCD — and what can it do for you? Let’s start with the acronym. SWCD stands for “Soil and Water Conservation District.” The goal of conservation is to use resources efficiently, not prohibit their use. SWCDs help you make […]
Growers and researchers seek short, tidy and tough trees that can coexist with utilities When the power goes out in a storm, daily life halts abruptly. Our TVs go dark; we can’t cook our food or keep it cold, much less brew coffee, charge our many electronic devices or turn up the heat. We are […]
The recent trend toward more extreme periods of drought has been a shock to residents of the Pacific Northwest. Many are able to maintain their landscapes at high levels only through heavy summer watering. This has forced people of the Pacific Northwest, and people from all around the world, to rethink their water-use strategies, as […]
As a leader and innovator in plant production, Oregon’s nursery and greenhouse industry has an equal responsibility to make a difference on the environmental side of the coin. We frequently remind our members of Congress and the Oregon Legislature that the industry sends ecologically friendly green products out of the state, bringing traded sector dollars […]
The new issue of Digger magazine features stormwater management and a deluge of educational opportunities.
Growers highlight native plants and underutilized selections for stormwater management systems.