The Farwest Trade Show offers the complete trade show experience with equipment innovation demos, tours, seminars, exceptional nursery and allied supplier exhibitors, free workshops on the expo floor, new plants and products, networking and reconnecting.

Find it all, find it now. Find it at Farwest.

Equipment Innovation Day - Tuesday, August 19
New for 2014! Experience new equipment in action and see how innovative growers implement automation to enhance their production efficiency. Equipment Innovation Day gives you the opportunity to compare equipment manufacturers and talk with innovative-minded growers. Demonstration areas at two nurseries will showcase Farwest equipment exhibitors demonstrating their newest products. The nurseries also will share production innovations they utilize in their day-to-day operations.

New Varieties Showcase - The must-see look into the future. You'll see stunning new trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that are in production ready to be shipped. These are the varieties that will attract plant lovers to your location. See how the new varieties can be merchandised for increased sales in a garden center setting. New plants. New ideas. An unbeatable combination, indeed.

New Products Showcase – Check out the industry's latest innovations in the New Product Showcase. With scores of non-plant products and services introduced to the market in 2013-2014, you're sure to find new ways to increase sales, manage labor costs, improve processes, conserve resources and build your business.

Growers Showcase - Sponsored by Macore logo
Human hands have been manipulating plant forms for at least 2,000 years. Sheared and sculpted plants have infused landscapes with formality and defined space for generations. They can provide privacy and inject humor. From topiary to privacy screens and patio "umbrellas," sculpted plants are more relevant today than ever. This year's Grower Showcase will feature a wide array of plant forms and function, but all will have been manipulated by human intervention is some way or another. Sculpting demonstrations are planned throughout show hours. Be sure to stop by to see the best and most interesting sculpted plants Farwest exhibitors have to offer

Keynote Speaker – Free to all registered Farwest Trade Show attendees and exhibitors.

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11am, Room C123
Don't Serve me...Make My Day
John Stanley
Business is changing rapidly. What worked in the past will not work in the future because the structure of the industry is changing. John Stanley will focus on the issues that horticultural businesses need to address over the next few months and years to grow sales. See into your future and take away concrete ideas to increase your success in the coming year

Seminars – Advance your career through skill development and networking at the Farwest Trade Show Seminars.

Tours – Grow your success and competitive advantage. Discover new varieties. Meet new growers and suppliers. Explore new ideas. And meet other wonderful people and leaders in our industry. These are just a few reasons to join one of the Farwest tours.


The Idea Center — The Idea Center is a great place to rethink, retool and reinvent yourself and your business. Reward yourself with fun, educational, and hands-on activities and expert advice, available throughout Expo hours each day of the show. Sample interactive technology, learn best practices, and hear what peers and experts in the industry are up to.

Women in Horticulture:

Friday, August 22 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., VIP Lounge (2nd Floor).The purpose here is to inspire women and cultivate career support. Mingle with peers, develop your business network, and learn how others are succeeding in the green industry. This year, meet Shawna Lee Coronado as she shares how she's making a difference in people's lives every day. She traded in a corporate job for becoming a green evangelist inspiring others. She spreads the word as an author, professional photographer, on-camera spokesperson, newspaper columnist, keynote speaker, environmental and health correspondent.

Young Nursery Professionals:

Thursday, August 21 - 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m, VIP Lounge (2nd Floor)
This is the future of the industry. Network with young, up-and-coming nursery professionals. Establish relationships that will grow for decades to come. Share tips or find a business partner—it's that kind of gathering. Josh Robinson, Robinson Nursery, and Crystal Cady, Sunflower Acres, will host. This year Sid Raisch will share insights and answer your pressing questions about the direction of the industry. The conversation continues beyond the event on the Young Nursery Professionals Facebook page. (Age 40 and younger only, please.)

 Pub Crawl:

Thursday, August 21 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
With names like Vlad the Imp Aler, Organic Green Elephant and Survival Seven Grain Stout, you know you're in a town devoted to microbrews and that is appropriately nicknamed Beervana. Farwest is celebrating the city's beer culture with its 3rd Annual Pub Crawl. Explore the best that Portland's pub scene has to offer! [The pub selections were personally vetted by OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone and Director of Events Allan Niemi, and a few OAN members.] This event is open to all Farwest participants. Enjoy a pint, mingle, network with peers and experts, or just take in the vibe. And it just gets better: the first fifty people at each location receive a FREE beverage. Complete location details coming soon.