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Farwest Show draws nearly 6,000 professionals

Nearly 6,000 green industry professionals visited the 2017 Farwest Show on Aug. 23-25 in Portland, OR, for the chance to “Be Far From Ordinary,” according to a news release.

“It’s great when people in the industry can converge, share their knowledge, make new connections, and renew the relationships they’ve established previously,” show director Allan Niemi said in the release.

“The green industry is made of strong fabric and that’s due to the lasting connections people make, beginning with a face-to-face encounter and a handshake.”

Show offerings included a New Varieties Showcase, a New Products Showcase, a Retailer Idea Center, a Grower Solution Center, a list of guest industry experts, three area nursery tours, new additions during and after show hours, networking opportunities and more.

Plus, the week kicked off with an once-in-a-lifetime full solar eclipse that brought many show-goers to Oregon before the show even started.

The Farwest Show hosted more than 400 exhibitors, including 57 first-time exhibitors.

In addition, about 18 percent of those who attended the show were also first-time attendees.

The three-day event brought together groups, businesses, plant professionals and job seekers from 45 states in the United States and 22 countries from around the world.

Highlights from the show included an inspiring keynote by Terri McEnaney, president at Bailey Nurseries in the Twin Cities, MN, seminar presentations from industry leaders Dan Hinkley, horticulturist, garden writer and director at The Gardens at Windcliff in Indianola, WA; Brie Arthur, horticulturist and garden communicator at; Leslie Halleck, owner and horticultural consultant at Halleck Horticultural in Dallas, TX; Gary Lewis, owner at Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd. in Richmond, British Columbia; Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, owner at Buglady Consulting in Slatington, PA; Sean Hogan, owner at Cistus Design Nursery in Portland, OR, and many others, 40-plus new plant introductions in the New Varieties Showcase, and stimulating gatherings for young nursery professionals and women in horticulture.

Next year’s Farwest Show will be held Aug. 22-24, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.