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2017 Western Regional Conference

The Oregon Garden - Silverton, OR


The Oregon Garden by Janice LeCocq Photography


The American Conifer Society’s Western Region is thrilled to announce that we’re returning to the fabulous Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, on the site of one of our ACS Reference Gardens, for our 2017 Western Regional Conference. The event is booked for Thursday, June 1st through Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. No one will want to miss what is sure to be a wonderful experience.

This year’s highlights will include (subject to change):

  • pruning and grafting demonstrations/workshops
  • a tour of Iseli Nursery
  • a rare plant auction that will be the envy of the world
  • and more!

The venue

Oregon Garden Resort
895 West Main Street
Silverton, OR 97381

Our host lodging is the comfortable, classy and relaxing Oregon Garden Resort. If you’ve never been there, you’re in for a treat; you’ll want to make it your second home. The guest rooms are contained within small houses, each room with a private back porch and cozy fireplace, nestled among tasteful plantings including lots of conifers. With your stay you will also have unlimited access to the Oregon Garden and complimentary breakfast. The lodge also has a pool and spa facilities.

Our contracted block rate is $99 per night plus tax. This special rate is only available until April 16th, so make your reservation right away.

Click this link to visit the Oregon Garden website to select your room and book your reservation. The Group ID and Password is: conifer. If you wish to call directly, their phone number is: 503.874.2500 ext. 0.

The program

Thursday, June 1st

Registration and check in opens at 4pm at the Oregon Garden Lodge’s Orchid Ballroom. Silent auction opens. Check out the awesome plants.

Meet and Greet Reception at the Oregon Garden Conifer Collection. A buffet of small plates and your first drink at the bar is sponsored by the Conifer Garden Expansion Committee which will present a short program on their exciting project. The ACS(WR) will donate $20 from each registration toward this worthy project.

Friday, June 2nd

An exciting and informative day of workshops and demonstrations. The morning’s classroom is back at the Oregon Garden Conifer Collection. In the afternoon we move a few miles down the road to the renowned Conifer Kingdom Nursery. Workshops will include:

  • Conifer photography — make the best use of DSLR camera to preserve your coniferous memories forever.
  • Aesthetic pruning seminar — how to turn your trees into works of art.
  • Conifer grafting and propagation
  • Conifer Kingdom’s Top 10

Of course, we’ll also allot time for a bit of retail therapy. Later, we’re back at the Lodge for dinner. Of course, the silent auction continues. After dinner, Truls Jensen of Wild Ginger Farms presents a signature talk, Conifers and Mountain Plants:  A Match Made From on High, in which he talks about plants, soils and gardens with examples of each.

Saturday, June 3rd

Today we board the buses for a coniferous road trip along Oregon’s Cascade foothills. We’re planning three exciting stops:

  • The Jean Iseli Memoral Garden and Iseli nursery. An opportunity unavailable to the public.
  • Bentwood Tree Farm. Tom Dufala and company own a Niwaki pruning specialty nursery. It’s almost an art gallery.
  • Fresh Start Nursery.  Nathan Miller is one of our favorite benefactors. We look forward to visiting his tidy backyard nursery and eclectic display garden.

Later it’s back to the Oregon Garden Lodge for our traditional banquet and always-exciting live auction featuring plants that cannot be bought anywhere.

Pre-event opportunity

ACS member and professional Aesthetic Pruner Maryann Lewis is offering two Master Pruning seminars on Thursday, June 1st. Participation is limited to 8 students (4 per class), first come, first serve. Students should bring their own quality bypass pruners, pen and paper for note taking and protective gear (gloves and eye wear). Maryann will supply everything else. Instruction will be hands-on, closely supervised and designed to take you to a level of competence way beyond what’s attainable in a lecture seminar. Lots of feedback!

The cost is $65 per person and can only be booked by emailing the event registrar at this link. Participants will be registered in order of email dates/times and will be confirmed once payment is received. Instructions will be included in email correspondence.

How to Register

We are now at the point where we’ve maxed-out the capacity of our buses. If anybody is still interested in attending at this point, please contact Dave in case there are any last-minute cancellations. Thanks to all for the overwhelming interest in our event.

For answers to your questions and to explore volunteer opportunities, please email David Olszyk, WR President.


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