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Farwest highlights new varieties


August 28, 2014
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

oregon_snowflakeoanAug. 28, 2014, Wilsonville, OR — Every year the Farwest Trade Show's new varieties showcase features dozens of outstanding plants that are new to the trade, and this year was no exception.

Aug. 28, 2014, Wilsonville, OR — Every year the Farwest Trade Show's new
varieties showcase features dozens of outstanding plants that are new
to the trade, and this year was no exception.

The 2014 showcase featured 52 different trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals with interesting shapes, colours, growth habits and other characteristics.

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“This was one of the most outstanding collections of plants we’ve ever featured,” said Ann Murphy, director of marketing for the Oregon Association of Nurseries, which produces Farwest. “It’s the quantity as well as the quality. Our judges and attendees were truly impressed with the plants that were submitted.”

Spring Fleecing Fringe Tree won the Best in Show title, awarded by expert judges with long experience in the green industry.

 

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 Spring Fleecing Fringe Tree.

The judges also chose three “Plants of Merit”: Lemon Lace Elderberry, First Editions Toscana Barberry, and Mighty Velvet Stachys.

Lemon Lace Elderberry also nabbed the People’s Choice Award at this year’s show. In order, runners up for the People’s Choice Award were Sombrero Adobe Orange Coneflower, Avantgarde Hydrangea, Skyline Heather Collection and Marley’s Pink Parasol Japanese Snowbell.

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 Lemon Lace Elderberry.

Another popular plant at this year’s show was the Oregon Snowflake. The new flowering currant bred by Dr. Ryan Contreras at Oregon State University made its public debut at Farwest. The plant is noted for its highly dissected foliage and low-growing, compact growth form. It is hardy to USDA zone 6 and offers full-size panicles of white flowers that appear in mid-spring.

 

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 Oregon Snowflake.

The 2014 Farwest Trade Show was held Aug. 21 to 23 at the Oregon Convention Center. The show serves professionals engaged in the nursery industry and related trades, including retail nurseries, wholesale growers, landscapers, landscape designers, and others involved in the green industry.


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