Welcome to Nursery Country!
The Farwest Show is truly the gateway to Nursery Country. These annual tours help you simplify the process of choosing where to start from over 600 Oregon nurseries. This is your time to engage with other nursery professionals and gain valuable knowledge to enhance your career. We have a tour to fit any job description. There’s something for everyone – now you just have to choose which one is for you!
Cost: $99 per person by July 31; $119 after July 31. Space is limited to 50 per tour.
Location: Bus tours depart from and return to the north entrance to the Oregon Convention Center (NE Holladay St., by the light rail line)
Full Day (7:30am-6pm) includes luxury motor coach transportation, lunch, beverages and snacks.
Tour 1: “Building Your Independent Garden Center’s Brand Within Your Community” – Retail Tour
Join retail expert Anne Obarski on a fun and informative tour of Portland’s leading retail garden centers. Learn how these IGC’s create brand recognition between locations, as well as differentiate to fit into their neighborhood’s values and buying preferences. These retailers are unique in the way that they operate multiple locations under the same ownership.
- Portland Nursery – Division St., Portland
- Portland Nursery – Stark St., Portland
- Al’s Garden Center – Sherwood
- Al’s Garden Center – Wilsonville
Tour 2: Nurs-TREE Country
When people think of Oregon, they think TREES. Come enjoy a fun filled day hoping around to some of the best nurseries growing the most beautiful trees right in Portland’s backyard. This tour will demonstrate methods to produce, distribute and ship! Enjoy an insider look at exceptional nurseries in the Willamette Valley from which to source stellar trees so you can stay ahead of the game!
- J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. – Boring, Oregon
- Bountiful Farms Nursery
- Robinson Nursery Inc
- Oregon Pride Nurseries
Tour 3: Growing Toward Energy Efficiency in Greenhouse Production
Oregon is a known leader in sustainability. Join energy efficiency expert, Ulrike Mengelberg of Energy Trust of Oregon to glean helpful information on developing and improving your operations toward a more sustainable business model. While you’re there, amazing plant material from all these stops will be your eye candy. The tour will conclude at a container manufacturer where you will get a behind the scenes look into their processes and learn about their new cooling water tower system that was recently installed!
- F & B Farms
- Terra Nova Nurseries Inc.
- Smith Gardens
- Anderson Pots
No personal vehicles allowed.