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Farwest Show rolls out new program line up

April 11, 2012 Written by  Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
Apr. 11, 2012, Portland, OR — A number of new features are being rolled out for the Farwest Show's 40th incarnation.

This year's event will also feature a celebration of the genus Acer, according to show organizer Allan Niemi.

“Everything that Farwest attendees love about the show will be back this year,” Niemi said. “We’ll have an excellent selection of nursery tours, a full docket of seminars, our showcase featuring close to 50 new plant varieties, a new retail marketplace, and for 2012 our genus focus will be on the Acer.”

From petite Acer palmatums to stately shade trees, many different species and cultivars will be installed in special displays. The show's host, the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), plans to showcase the breadth of Acer plants grown in the region for use in residential, municipal and commercial landscapes.

“We want to inspire and educate attendees and persuade our industry to see the design value the Acer family brings to the landscape,” OAN director of marketing Ann Murphy said.

Various Acer attributes, including different forms (shrubs, specimen shade trees, single- and multi-stem, low and high grafts), shapes (vase, broad, columnar, weeping, etc.), bark colour and texture, different leaf size and shape, and a mix of leaf colour will be featured throughout the show.

This year’s show will also include two days of nursery tours, networking events, 30 hours of seminars, a new varieties showcase with nearly 50 new plants, a new products showcase, a demo stage, and a retail marketplace offering gift items geared to garden centers.

The 2012 Farwest Show will take place Aug. 23 to 25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit http://www.farwestshow.com/ .

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