The 2016 Farwest Show, August 25-27 in Portland, Oregon, is calling for entries for this year’s New Varieties Showcase. A mainstay favorite every year on the show floor, the New Varieties Showcase features the industry’s premier marketplace introductions for 2016 and 2017. Farwest will be accepting applications for inclusion in the Showcase through March 31.

FWNewVarietiesShowcaseAs in years past, eligible plants include trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and bamboo, ground covers, wetland and aquatic plants, vines, bulbs and annuals. Breeders, licensors, and growers are invited to submit their best and brightest new plants to be sold in 2016/17. All entries must be available for purchase and order from one or more of the exhibitors in this year’s Farwest Show. A team of retailers, landscape designers, and growers will evaluate the varieties for the Judge’s Choice Awards. Visitors to the Showcase will select their favorites for the People’s Choice Awards. Top picks and merit awards will be announced at the show.

Clemantis New Love

Clematis ‘New Love’

At Farwest 2015, 49 plants from 17 companies from all corners of North America and the Netherlands were presented. Winner of the Judge’s Choice Award was Clematis ‘New Love’, introduced by Concept Plants. Top pick for the People’s Choice Award went to First Editions® Ruffled Red Magic® Crape Myrtle, introduced by Bailey Nurseries, Inc. A complete review of all 2015 entries and winners can be seen here.

Farwest is now accepting entries for the 2016 Showcase. Entries will be evaluated for characteristics such as new color, better manners, increasingly compact shape, extended seasonal interest, and improved landscape and production performance. For questions, contact Crystal Cady, at 503-582-2006 and ccady@oan.org.