2015 Farwest Show Will Host International Trials Conference

2015 Farwest Show Will Host International Trials Conference

Longwood 2013 - International Trials ConferenceThe 2015 International Trials Conference will be held in conjunction with this year’s Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon. The conference focuses on the latest research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial and woody plants. Set for Monday through Thursday, August 24 to 27, 2015, the conference will lead up to the trade show, which opens Thursday, August 27.

The trials conference is attended by plant professionals and industry leaders from around the world who come to share ideas on evaluation strategies, develop trialing standards and explore the plant characteristics demanded by plant buyers and growers. Its ongoing mission is to encourage the creation of universal evaluation criteria and collaboration among plant trial locations, resulting in more meaningful trial data.


The four-day agenda includes a welcome reception for networking and dialogue at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, a second day devoted to learning sessions and panels at the host hotel, a third day touring area trial sites and premier nurseries and a final day of educational sessions held in conjunction with Farwest educational seminars. Evenings will include dining in small groups with conference speakers.

“The International Trials Conference has become the epicenter for ideas and innovation for plant trialing worldwide,” says Allan Niemi, director of events and education at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. “It’s a natural fit with Farwest. Its work impacts our audience, from nursery to greenhouse to retail, in so many important ways. We’re thrilled to have it in Portland this year to lead off the show.”

The conference is open to all industry professionals who have interest in plant trialing. Registration is required and will begin on March 1, 2015. For questions and more information, eMail [email protected]

High-visibility corporate sponsorship packages are available to support the 2015 International Trials Conference. For details, contact Niemi at [email protected]