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Ornamentals

Production
Greenhouse production
Plant images
Pest management
Marketing
Nurserymen associations
Nursery and greenhouse books


Production

Pot-in-pot big in Woodburn, OR, 2002, John Schmitz, the Capital Press Newspaper.

Crop profile for nursery-grown rhododendron and azalea in Washington. Carrie Foss, Washington State University, Puyallup, WA. Dec. 2000.

Sustainable Small-scale Nursery Production, Appropriate Technology transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), May 2000, Revised Nov. 2001.

2003 Oregon Nursery and Greenhouse Survey. Compiled and Published by USDA and Oregon Agricultural Statistics Service. Complete with facts on total revenues, acreage, plant types, and labor wages. October 2004.

Sources of nursery stock. Oregon Association of Nurseries, Portland, OR.

Starting in the Nursery Businsess. 1994. Purdue University. 4 page PDF document.

Greenhouse production

Starting in the Greenhouse Business, by Will Healy, James Hanson, and Stanton Gill, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension. Excellent review of the entire process, start to finish.

Plant images

Landscape plants, Volume 1: Images, identification, and information. Dr. Patrick Breen, Oregon State University Department of Horticulture. Images and information on over 570 landscape plants (mostly woody). Superb photography!

Pest management

Crop profile for nursery-grown rhododendron and azalea in Washington, USDA Office of Pesticide Policy. December 2000. 15 pages, good color plates.

On-Line guide to plant disease control, Oregon State University.

Marketing

2003 Nursery and Greenhouse Summary. Oregon Department of Ag Statistics, Oct. 2004.

Nursery show marks another successful run for 2002, Karen L. Willoughby, the Capital Press newspaper, July 30, 2002

Oregon nursery sales hit all time high…yet again. August 2002. Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Oregon Nursery SalesTop $640 Million in 2000. Tom Weller, the Capital Press Newspaper, August 24, 2001.

The Nursery Bandwagon: Proceed with Caution?, Brian Walker, the Capital Press newspaper, 2-16-2001. A good overview of the nursery industry through the year 2000.

Nursery sales jump for 9th straight year, Brian Walker, The Capital Press, 9-22-2000. An excellent update on the expansive growth of the Northwest's ornamental industry during the last half of the 1990's.


Snapshot of the Oregon ornamentals industry
Year 2004

  • Oregon's nursery and greenhouse industry is Oregon's largest agricultural commodity in terms of gross sales at the wholesale level.
  • Oregon's nursery and greenhouse industry is Oregon's largest agricultural commodity in terms of gross sales at the wholesale level.
  • Gross (wholesale) Sales: $779 million in 2004, up 7% from 2003 and tenth consecutive year of increased sales volume.
  • Wages: $201,170,000 (1999 figures), up 2% from 1997.
  • Employees: 21,600 full- and part-time; 10,000 full-time workers.
  • Production: 2,044 nursery/greenhouse operations.
  • Destinations: About 73% of all nursery and greenhouse stock grown in Oregon is sold out of state.
  • Gross Sales by Plant Material Container $226.3 million (35%), Bareroot $150.1 million (19.3%), Greenhouse $124.3 million (15.9%), Balled & Burlapped $147.7 million (18.9%), Other $58.9 million (7.%).

Nursery Outlook: Up, up and away!, Brian Walker, The Capital Press, 12-24-99. .Another good review by Walker of the 1998 ornamentals industry in Oregon.

Nurserymen associations

Oregon Association of Nurseries, Portland, Oregon. This is the premier nursery, greenhouse, and garden center association for the the Northwest. The OAN staff produce the Digger Magazine (monthly), host the August Farwest Show held in Portland, Oregon and publish a Directory and Buyer's Guide each year.

Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, Sumner, WA. This is the counterpoint to the Oregon Association of Nurserymen. Basic membership starts at $170/year. Membership includes the monthly Balled & Burlap Newsletter, and the Annual Directory and Buyer's Guide. This association sponsors the annual consumer orientated Northwest Flower & Garden Show in February in Seattle, and the industry-orientated Emerald Expo trade show in October, also in Seattle.

American Nursery & Landscape Association, 2001, Washington, D.C. Now in its 128th year, the is trade association that represents itself as the national voice of the nursery and landscape industry.

Oregon Garden. The Oregon Garden Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop a 240-acre, world-class public display garden in Silverton, Oregon.

Nursery and greenhouse books

Horticultural books, videos and software catalog,, American Nurseryman Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois. Probably the most comprehensive source of books, video, and CDs for the nursery, landscape, garden-center, and greenhouse industries.

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