The Mesa de Maya Southwest oak (Quercus x undulate ‘Mesa de Maya’) has been chosen as the Best in Show winner for the 2017 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase.
The Mesa de Maya was one of 40 new selections displayed at Farwest 2017 and available from at least one show exhibitor. The show took place Aug. 23-25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
“Farwest has a long legacy of showcasing the best new selections the horticulture industry has to offer, and our 2017 show continues that proud tradition,” show director Allan Niemi of the Oregon Association of Nurseries said.
The Mesa de Maya Southwest oak is part of the curated program of Western adopted oaks branded as Southwest oak, released by Heritage Seedlings & Liners of Salem, Oregon, and it was selected from seedlings grown by Dr. Allan Taylor in Boulder, Colorado.
The Mesa de Maya has blue-gray, large leaves which hold their color into late autumn. The foliage does not resemble oak foliage, and the tree can reach 25 feet in height with a 20-foot spread at maturity.
The tree is grafted onto adapted rootstock, and it is said that it will have a very broad range of application from Washington to Colorado, to West Texas over to California. In both the West and Southwest, it is said that it will thrive in arid and drought-prone plantings, but it will also flourish in irrigated sites.
The tree enjoys full sun, adapts to drought and high pH soils, is said to be suitable for use as a specimen as well as in commercial plantings and thrives in irrigated landscapes.
In addition of the Best of Show award, three Awards of Merit were given:
In addition of the Best of Show award, three People’s Choice Awards were given:
Also during the tradeshow, Walla Walla Nursery Co. Inc. took home the Ted Van Even Best in Show booth award.
“The Farwest Show invites people to ‘Be Far From Ordinary,’ and Walla Walla Nursery did exactly that,” show director Allan Niemi of the Oregon Association of Nurseries said. “They went the extra mile to showcase the richness and diversity of the nursery industry in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the strong, green focus of the Farwest Show.”
Walla Walla also took home a Best of Division award for Best Island Booth, Grower. Other Best of Division award winners included the following:
This year the Little Prince of Oregon Nursery, Brooks Tree Farm and Plantaflor USA Inc. also won the Far From Ordinary booth awards.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) will be partnering with Judy Guido to present Shark Tank, The LANDSCAPES 2017 edition on Oct. 19, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. This will take place at the LANDSCAPES 2017 event held at GIE+EXPO in Louisville.
This Shark Tank-style Power Session will bring together four industry leaders and three entrepreneurs that include Judith Guido, chairwoman of Guido & Associates; Frank Mariani, CEO Mariani Landscape; Mike Rorie, CEO of GOILAWN; and Doug York, CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply.
Entrepreneurs will present their ideas for new industry products and services. If their ideas tempt the “sharks,” they may receive an investment from the industry leaders.
For interested entrepreneurs who are seeking an investment, are passionate, ready to grow their business and have a solid business plan, Guido is still soliciting proposals. The “sharks” are seeking investments from all types of companies in the industry, and for those interested in being considered for a slot to present ideas in front of the “sharks,” email Guido at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“There is a lot of interest in this session and we expect a full-house of people who want to learn more about how to capitalize on trends, read market dynamics and scale a business,” said Guido. “I am excited to connect budding entrepreneurs with real industry investors who can help make them profitably grow their business and make their dreams a reality.”
NALP’s newest Trailblazers have also been announced. The Trailblazers are individuals who are nominated by their peers for making significant and long-term contributions to the landscape industry and are committed to giving back to the industry through mentoring other industry professionals.
Each Trailblazer provides on-site mentoring to a member of NALP and sets aside one day per year. This method of mentoring and networking has proven successful for both emerging and established companies to gain insight and advice from professionals on how to grow and develop their businesses. They also participate in the Trailblazers on Call program, which provides members with quick answers to their business questions.
This lifetime honor is given for achievement and excellence in the areas of lawn care, irrigation and water management, landscape management, design/build/installation and interior plantscaping.
The following are the 2017 NALP Trailblazers:
The Trailblazers will be recognized during NALP’s LANDSCAPES 2017 Awards Dinner on Oct. 19.