August 22-24, 2018 | Portland, Oregon

Welcome to FARWEST

You can pack a lot into 3 days at the Farwest Show. Trends. Insights. Ideas. New plants. State-of-the-art products.

All this in one convenient, hard-to-beat in August location: Portland, Oregon.

Growing Trends Showcase

Vertical elements, farm-to-table, curb appeal; all this and more is on display in the Growing Trends Showcase. Urban Lifestyle Gardening is here to stay but it's easier said than done. This year we hone in on popular consumer trends and how they can be created in landscaping and at your garden center.

Previous themes: Conifers (2011), Maples (2012), Great Plant Picks (2013), Sculpted Material (2014), Edible Delights (2015), and Pollinators (2016).

Growing Trends Showcase is an added opportunity open to all exhibitors at Farwest to draw customers back to their booths. 2017's theme is "Urban Lifestyle Gardening." All Farwest exhibitors are invited to participate at no additional cost by providing plant material and products that fall under the Urban Lifestyle Gardening theme.
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Nursery Management

Grower Solution Center    VIEW SCHEDULE ▼

These FREE mini-sessions are included with your trade show pass. From soil health, pest and disease issues and embracing new technology, growers are always troubleshooting challenges. Propel your operation's success by taking advantage of these 25 minute grower focused mini-sessions to find the solution you are looking for. Many of these sessions compliment the breakout seminar and pesticide classes. Find the topics especially relevant to you and be sure to check both schedules to maximize your knowledge at the show.
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Garden Center

Retailer Idea Center   VIEW SCHEDULE ▼

These FREE mini-sessions are included with your trade show pass. The current retail climate is competitive, dynamic and it's difficult to stay ahead of the trends. From digital marketing, design, merchandising and exciting new products the Retailer Idea Center has the inspiration you're looking for. These mini-sessions offer you a reprieve from the busy show floor. Gather quick insight about today's hottest retail topics by listening in to these 25 minute retailer focused mini-sessions.
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New Varieties Showcase   LEARN MORE »

It's a celebration of the most spectacular new varieties about to hit garden centers next spring. You'll find a large variety of new plants in this popular show feature. Selections will be displayed in garden-like settings and inspiring displays. Easy-to-read Macore tags will provide plant information and licensed growers so you can easily find the Farwest exhibitors offering them for sale. Awards will be given to the top picks selected on Wednesday from a panel of distinguished industry judges, and on Friday after the People's Choice votes are tallied. Attendees are encouraged to select their top three favorites upon visiting the showcase. 2017 selections coming soon. Check out the 2016 Selections »

New Products Showcase   LEARN MORE »

Discover new ways to enhance your growing production practices, expand your retail product offerings, and increase your workplace efficiency. The New Products Showcase offers cutting-edge solutions and highlights the latest 2017 green industry trends. From brand-new retail hard goods to innovative grower applications and landscape products, you will find the freshest industry products and ideas all in one space. These featured products are new to the U.S. market (introduced in either 2016 or 2017), and in some cases, the products are debuting at the 2017 Farwest Show! 2017 selections coming soon. Check out the 2016 Selections »
Farwest Exhibitors:    LEARN HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE »

Alpha Nursery American Hort Anderson Pots

NEW! Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 23 - 5pm to 7pm
Join us for Happy Hour to celebrate the conclusion of the first day of Farwest. This new social event is open to all Farwest participants. Connect with colleagues and friends while enjoying a cold beer, glass of wine and free hors d'oeuvres by the main entrance in A Lobby. The Farwest exhibit booth awards will also be announced during the Happy Hour festivities including the winner of the Best of Show. Cheers!

Kness Mfg Co Leonard Adams Insurance

Pub Crawl   LEARN MORE ▼

Thursday, August 24 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
at Doug Fir Lounge

With nearly 80 breweries in Portland, it's no wonder this city is nicknamed "Beervana." Join us on our 6th annual Pub Crawl that is equal parts fun, networking and enjoyable relaxation. This lively event is open to all Farwest participants!

Nursery Tours   LEARN MORE »

Grow your success and competitive advantage. Discover new varieties. Meet new growers and suppliers. Explore new ideas. And meet other wonderful people and leaders in our industry. These are just a few reasons to join one of the Farwest Nursery Tours.

Walk the Show Floor with Experts

With so much to hear and see on the show floor who wouldn't want an expert's opinion on it all. Join this year's experts as they lead small groups through the show floor pointing out their favorite products, giving their thoughts on what's new, and giving you personal insight tailored to your business.

Wednesday, August 23, at 1pm "Trend Spotting" with Brie Arthur
Join Brie Arthur for a conversational walk through the trade show floor. Hear her expert opinion on what's new and exciting in the industry and distinguish where to find it at Farwest. Brie has a keen eye for noticing new trends in the plant availability and garden center markets.
Thursday, August 24, at 1pm "Plant Spotting" with Sean Hogan
Led by Sean Hogan of Cistus Design Nursery, walk the show floor with a plant connoisseur's perspective on where to source plants at the Farwest Show. The northwest plant palette is constantly evolving. Many plants thrive in our climate and are underutilized by growers and in nurseries.
Meet at the main entrance to the trade show floor near the Registration Area in C Lobby.

F & B Farms & Nursery

Emergent Networking Event

Wednesday, August 23 - 3:30pm to 5pm, VIP Room B (2nd Floor)

If you're a young nursery professional this is the place to be!
Emergent began in 2011 with a handful of eager talented horticulture professionals. Members include some of the brightest and most enthusiastic faces in the industry. Don't miss this opportunity to establish new relationships and build the future of horticulture.

The conversation continues where it began on the Emergent Facebook group. Check out the ever expanding community of over 3,000 Horticulture Professionals sharing information, job posting and inspiring ways we can build the future of the industry.

Women in Horticulture

Thursday, August 24 - 3:30pm to 5pm, VIP Room B (2nd Floor)
At the Women in Horticulture networking event you can make new connections with horticulture peers from across the nation. It's a great place to mingle with your green industry sisters, expand your business network, and share experiences in horticulture to keep growing your career.

This year meet Leslie Halleck, a Certified Professional Horticulturist (ASHS) with 25 years of green industry experience. She currently runs Halleck Horticultural, LLC, through which she provides horticultural consulting, business and marketing strategy, product development and branding, and content creation for green industry companies. This casual networking event is designed to cultivate lasting career support.

Retailers' Choice Awards

The Garden Center Group


Participate on Wednesday August 23 – Thursday, August 24
Award Presentation at the Retailer Idea Center Thursday August 24 at 3pm

Calling all Retailers!
Join fellow retailers and work together to find and share the best new products, supplies and green goods available at the 2017 Farwest Show. This program is a great way to connect with fellow retailers and share your influence with Farwest attendees. All retailers are invited to participate!

Sponsored by The Garden Center Group, and led this year by Danny Summers, The Group's Managing Director. Retailers will meet Danny at show opening (noon on Wednesday, August 23, at the main show entrance in C- Lobby under the Dragon Boat) to receive guidelines and a nominating form. Then work the show at your own pace. Spend day one on the hunt to discover YOUR favorite new products as YOU explore the show floor. The group meets at 5pm on Wednesday (in Room B116) to turn in your nominations and see what others have found (that YOU missed).

The group will meet-up again on Thursday morning to compare notes, discuss their top picks, and select the winners. Products deserving special recognition for their vision, new products retailers plan to add to their inventory mix, and products/services with a new approach to an old formula will be recognized in an awards presentation in the Retailer Idea Center on Thursday, August 24 at 3pm.


The Farwest Trade Show is always a good time to see people face-to-face and close orders. This year, it was the best show in four years. I talked to several people who wrote orders. But Farwest is just as good of an opportunity to buy as it is to sell. You can see a piece of equipment, ask questions, and find out how it can be customized. It takes less time. For a small business like ours, that's very important.

Jim Lewis
J Farms


Digger Magazine Nursery Guide Macore Ball Hort Leonard Adams Insurance Sester Farms Greenhouse Grower F & B Farms Nursery Management magazine Garden Center magazine Country Folk Grower      Kness Mfg Co J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Terra Nova Nurseries Anderson Pots Green Profit Magazine OHP Inc. Alpha Nursery American Hort Greenhouse Grower