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Farwest 2017 Hosts Speakers Ryan Contreras and Kim Shearer
Plant breeders Ryan Contreras and Kim Shearer will be delivering seminars at this year’s Farwest 2017 show, which will be hosted Aug. 23-25 in Portland, Oregon, of particular interest for nursery growers keeping an eye on emerging plants that will shape the future for the industry and the marketplace. Ryan Contreras, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Oregon State University, will deliver an address, ‘What’s New from Oregon State Plant Breeding’, on August 25 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Room B113-114. Dr. Contreras will discuss the value in producing and marketing plants that serve a more overt function or require fewer inputs. He will share ongoing work at the Ornamental Plant Breeding Laboratory at OSU in breeding plants with novel fragrance and flowering, disease resistance, seed characteristics, and improved qualities for native evergreen edible shrubs. Shearer, tree and shrub breeder will present ‘The Morton Arboretum’s New Plant Development Program’, covering the history of the breeding program at the Arboretum. She will share releases currently in the marketplace and look at future introductions in the pipeline. All Arboretum introductions are marketed through the Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program. Her talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 from 9:45- 10:45 a.m. in Room B113-114.

Northwest Flower & Garden Show Announces New GardenPRO Conference
The producers of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show have announced the introduction of a new, one-day conference during the 30th annual show at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Set for February 9, the inaugural GardenPRO Conference will spotlight topics of interest to professionals in all areas of the green industry: landscape architects, garden book authors, horticulturists, garden designers, bloggers, arborists, garden media personalities, nursery owners and emerging garden professionals. The event will be held in The Conference Center in the Convention Center. Attendees can register online. Early registration (first 200 attendees) is $225; regular registration (through Dec. 31, 2017) is $275, and late registration (after January 1, 2018) is $325. Registered participants may add up to five guests to attend the Evening Reception for an additional $50 per person.