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 (8am-6pm) includes luxury motor coach transportation, lunch, beverages and snacks. Please arrive by 7:30am to allow time for check-in, tour will depart at 8am sharp.
Tour 1: Go-to Garden Centers (Retail Tour)
There’s no shortage of great garden centers in the Portland area! Join us to explore four great stores with a reputation for phenomenal customer feedback. Come get ideas on merchandise displays, product design, and retail space layout to see what makes these businesses the highest-rated local independent garden centers on Google and Yelp. We begin with Cornell Farm, which upholds a casual atmosphere that entices customers to spend their whole day there. Next, find out how Farmington Gardens meets their customers’ needs with unique products, installation services and even floral design. After lunch, check out The Garden Corner, a small garden center with a with a big knack for container gardening. Last but not least, we’ll swing by Dennis’ 7 Dees newly-remodeled Lake Oswego location to be dazzled by their plant offerings and local gift selection.
- Cornell Farm – Portland
- Farmington Gardens – Beaverton
- The Garden Corner – Tualatin
- Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers – Lake Oswego
Tour 2: Seeds for Tomorrow (Sustainability Tour)
Sustainability means different things to different businesses. It could be a conversation about measuring a company’s impact on the environment, how they are investing in energy-efficient infrastructure, or ways to maintain company culture. Embark on this tour and see how three unique operations are investing their time and money to demonstrate what sustainability means to them. Spend the first half of the day exploring The Oregon Garden, an 80-acre botanical wonderland with focus on sustainable practices. The next stop is Little Prince of Oregon Nursery, a wholesale grower of popular plants to learn how they invest in their employees to maintain a sustainable business model. Finally, wrap up the day at the ever-evolving Brentano’s Tree Farm to find out how they managed to reduce their environmental footprint while increasing their production of quality trees.
- The Oregon Garden – Silverton
- Little Prince of Oregon Nursery Inc. – Aurora
- Brentano’s Tree Farm LLC – St. Paul
Tour 3: Growing Landscape Solutions (Wholesale Tour)
No landscape is complete without a framework of high-quality trees and shrubs — the best of which are grown in the fertile Willamette Valley. Come to the heart of nursery country to see how the wholesale conifers, broadleaf and other woody ornamentals you need to beautify your landscapes are grown. We kick off the tour at Countryside Nursery, whose large selection of Japanese maples, grafted conifers and specimen plants are sure to impress. Next, take a glimpse at the future of instant gratification of hedge-and-border solutions with InstantHedge. After lunch, we will explore Highland Meadow Nursery, a local wholesale supplier of fine trees, shrubs with a focus on excellent customer service. Finally, we’ll explore Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, who have been specializing in azaleas and other woody ornamentals for more than 50 years.
- Countryside Nursery – Aurora
- InstantHedge – Canby
- Highland Meadow Nursery Inc. – Molalla
- Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc. – Woodburn
No personal vehicles allowed.