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National Garden Bureau Announces Four Classes for 2018 “Year of the” Program
National Garden Bureau announced the four plant classes that will be featured in the 2018 “Year of the” program. The National Garden Bureau Board of Directors selects crops specifically for the North American market that are easy to grow and genetically diverse with a lot of new varieties to choose from. Breeders, brokers, seed companies, growers and garden centers throughout the U.S. and Canada are urged to highlight these flowers and plants when planning their marketing for the 2018 season as the publicity generated from this program is substantial.

For the bulb crop, 2018 will be the Year of the Tulip.

For annuals, 2018 will be the Year of the Calibrachoa.

For vegetables/edibles, 2018 will be the Year of the Beet.

For perennials, 2018 will be the Year of the Coreopsis.

Farwest 2017 Hosts Emergent Networking Event For Young Horticulture Professionals
The 2017 Farwest Show, held Aug. 23-25, in Portland, Oregon, will host its annual event, ‘Emergent: A Group for Growing Professionals’, on Aug 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., VIP Room B (2nd Floor). Young professionals will network with like-minded horticultural enthusiasts, establish new relationships, and share in building a brighter future for the green industry. They will have opportunities to exchange insight, innovative ideas, and business practice. Farwest 2017 is also offering early bird registration discounts on all features of the show through July 31. Pre-registrants will receive savings up to 50 percent depending on what segment of the show they attend.

Evelyn L. Schmidt

Evelyn L. Schmidt
August 18, 1920 – July 6, 2017
Evelyn L. Mantsch Schmidt died peacefully early on Thursday, July 6, with her children, Frank, Jan and Jean at her side.  Co-founder in 1946 of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. with her husband, J. Frank Schmidt, Jr., Evelyn was an active and beloved member of the nursery community. Evelyn is survived by her three children: Jan Barkley, Jean Webster (Gordie) and Frank III (Barbara); nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held at Douglass Cemetery in Troutdale, where she will be buried beside her husband of 58 years and a daughter, Joyce. A detailed obituary and photographs will follow, along with details of a celebration of life that will be held in the J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Arboretum in August.