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Nursery association sells its retail show to an events company

By Eric Mortenson

Capital Press

Oregon Association of Nurseries sells its annual retail yard and garden show to an events production company.

The annual Yard, Garden & Patio Show will be put on next year by Metropolitan Productions Inc. The Oregon Association of Nurseries sold the event and plans to focus on the Farwest Trade Show, which highlights wholesale dealers and growers.

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. The nursery association described it as a “win-win” in that garden retailers and landscapers will continue to have a public venue. The shows are geared to homeowners.

In a news release, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said Metropolitan Productions operates the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival and its event clients include Fred Meyer, Columbia Sportswear, Cash & Carry, LinkUs and the Harrington Family Foundation.

The next Yard, Garden & Patio show will be held Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.



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