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February 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
"Bred for Success: Targeting Issues That Keep Good Plants Down" with Ryan Contreras, Associate Professor of Ornamental Plant Breeding; Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University

Please join the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene OR for our speaker program presented by Ryan Contreras on his topic, Bred for Success: Targeting Issues That Keep Good Plants Down.

There is no shortage of new plants on the market. If you are like me, you probably get weekly notifications of “hot new plants” that are really going to knock your socks off. Many of them do and we probably are in the midst of a revolution or golden age of landscape plant breeding. Much of this has to do with the maturation of our industry and overall advancement of science. The OSU Ornamental Plant Breeding Program was established to work hand-in-glove with the nursery and landscape industries to identify and solve persisting, current, and emerging issues with staple plants from the industry while also developing a vision for things that perhaps the industry has not yet considered. This talk will be a discussion of the program and projects designed to help growers, landscapers, and home gardeners to enjoy greater success and satisfaction from new plants – but more importantly, new plants that work.

Presenter Dr. Ryan Contreras is an Associate Professor of Ornamental Plant Breeding in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University where he teaches spring and fall woody landscape plant identification, plant growth & development, and plant propagation courses. He established and directs the Ornamental Plant Breeding Program, which focuses on developing new cultivars of woody shrubs and trees with improved traits such as disease resistance, habit, fragrance, reduced fertility, and much more. In attempting to support the nursery industry he has developed a diverse program that seeks to improve 33 genera – a number that continues to grow. Recently his program released ‘Emerald Sprite’ and ‘Emerald Beauty’ cotoneasters, which are compact and fire blight resistant selections. His program’s development of large populations of triploid maples that have potential to be sterile, promises to make a big impact on the long-term sustainability of the genus. Regardless of the taxon, Ryan’s goal is for the breeding to directly support and enhance the success of growers, landscapers, and consumers.

Doors on the east side of the building open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book sales, botanical sample browsing and socializing. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. Membership in the Hardy Plant Group is $20 annually. There is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave. 

Please note the additional parking area and also the overflow area: Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot to the north, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Overflow parking is also available in the Early Childhood CARES parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center and the first 20 spaces on the east and south side of Berean Baptist Church just across Chambers St to the west.
WVHPG Coming Events for 2020
Our Monthly Meetings and Speaker Programs take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, 1685 W 13th Ave, (the corner of Chambers St and W 13th Ave) Eugene, Oregon. Entrance is on the east side of the building and there is ample parking in the parking lot which can be accessed from both Chambers St or W 13th Ave. Additional parking is available in the adjacent Looking Glass Center parking lot to the north, but please do not park under the covered entry way. Overflow parking is also available in the Early Childhood CARES parking lot on W 12th Ave just east of the Looking Glass Center and the first 20 spaces on the east and south side of Berean Baptist Church, just across Chambers St to the west. See our Contact Us page for a map of the parking areas and directions.

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM, but the doors open at 6:30 PM for refreshments, book buying, botanical sample browsing, and socializing. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May. The public is invited to attend our speaker meetings. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Our monthly meetings include:
~ Fascinating and informative presentations from the best plant people in the world.
~ Superb botanical samples - find out what's blooming now!
​~ Terrific door prizes.
~ Wonderful gardening and plant books at discounted prices.
~ Plants available for purchase.
~ Refreshments and a chance to visit with speakers and members before and after the presentation.
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Saturday, May 9, 2020 ~ 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Annual Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group Plant Sale
Lane County Fair Grounds
See the Plant Sale page for more information


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS
Some of the programs presented by the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group qualify for Continuing Education Credits for licensed Landscape Contractors. We are providing a downloadable Certificate of Attendance form that you can print and bring to the programs to have a board member sign to verify your attendance. Submit as required to the Oregon LCB.
WVHPG Attendance Form
for
LCB Continuing Education Credits
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​May 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Evening Speaker Program
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