Trend-Watching at Farwest 2022: Houseplants, Logistics, and More

The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) Farwest Show is one I sit up for each August. The showcase of one of the best of latest varieties getting into the market, and exchanges of latest concepts amongst acquainted, pleasant faces not seen for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic started, had been a deal with.

Walking the aisles, chatting up trade mates and retailers visiting from all environs of the backyard retail and panorama world, I observed a number of tendencies that had been repeatedly talked about.

The general feeling is the sky and revenue margins are trying up. Demands for bread-and-butter Oregon shrubs, deciduous bushes, and conifers transport nationwide seem stronger for 2023 grasp orders. Retail patrons had been looking for oddities to draw a youthful demographic procuring on-line, and for farmers’ markets or brick-and-mortar backyard facilities.

Rosie Sullivan from N&M Herb Nursery commented that houseplants are nonetheless in demand, particularly at native farmer markets.

“Younger customers treat houseplants more like annuals. They have no problem replacing or trying new ones,” she mentioned. “As opposed to gardeners who expect perennials and shrubs to last in their landscapes.”

Noname Nursery proprietor Robb Sloan related with each growers and retailers.

“Japanese maple liners are strong contenders for next spring,” Sloan mentioned.

Retailers had been curious in regards to the 25 types of Gingkos and Vernonia l. ‘Iron Butterfly’ and Vernonia x ‘Southern Cross’.

“Interest in native, deer-resistant, and drought-tolerant varieties specifically designed to withstand changing climates in the Pacific Northwest, California, Idaho, and Washington are among the ones we are concentrating on growing for 2023 and beyond,” Sloan mentioned.

Logistics are at all times high of thoughts for East Coast prospects. Buyers and brokers are combining masses from totally different nurseries to make sure truckloads, reefers, and prepare automobiles cut back transport prices. Growers providing choices for combining masses with different native growers close by enhance their gross sales. It’s not in regards to the vegetation, it’s all in regards to the vehicles with regards to cross nation gross sales. Making certain vehicles are full and don’t deadhead are crucial with rising gas and labor prices.

The Farwest Show celebrates its 50th anniversary August 23-25, 2023. Allan Niemi, Director of Events, might be reaching out to former and new OAN members to create a spectacular occasion. Place these dates in your tradeshow and journey calendar now.