Featuring a spectrum of new market introductions, the 2015 Farwest Show, August 27-29 in Portland, Oregon, will display 49 plants in the New Varieties Showcase, a mainstay favorite every year on the show ﬂoor. Seventeen companies from all corners of North America and the Netherlands and Canada have submitted material that covers the best and brightest of perennials, shrubs, conifers, shade and ﬂowering trees, and edibles being introduced for 2016.
This year’s entries will display the prized characteristics that growers and retailers are seeking- new features, improved performance in production environments and landscape, compact sizes, enhanced disease resistance, performance in urban settings, and drought tolerance. In particular for garden retail beneﬁt, consumer appeal for this year’s Showcase is excellent with choices for spectacular foliage, blooms, seasonal interest, and overall WOW factor.
Plants are creatively displayed in retail fashion and well tagged with full description, compliments of Showcase sponsor, HIP Labels of Greensboro, NC. Though new to the market, all submissions will be available for ordering from at least one Farwest Show exhibitor and are all in large-scale production. Take-it-with-you tags from HIP make it easy to ﬁnd the growers and/or breeders at the show, for placing orders for fall or next spring.
As in past years, a team of retailers, landscape designers, and growers will evaluate the varieties and award the top picks. In addition, visitors to the Showcase will select their favorites for the People’s Choice Awards, announced after the Show.
“Year after year attendees gather in the New Varieties Showcase at Farwest to evaluate, photograph and discuss the latest and greatest new selections to hit market,” said Crystal Cady, event and member services manager at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. “This year’s chosen selections are sure to generate buzz across the market as they are some of the hottest new varieties making their debut into consumers’ hands. We’re excited to have so many cool new plants as a part of the show and can’t wait for attendees to be ‘wowed’ by the display created.”