Oregonians spend almost 1 billion dollars on their gardens
COTTAGE GROVE – More and more Oregonians are looking no further than their own backyard for a favorite hobby. The state’s horticulture industry climbed ten percent last year alone, making it Oregon’s largest agricultural commodity.
At the 5th annual “Gathering of Gardeners” event, the Village Green Resort in Cottage was all in bloom. Cindee Eichengreen, the Moonstones Director of Horticulture says, “Our theme here is to motivate, educate and inspire gardeners of all ages and all stages including gardeners who have never gardened before.”
Events like these are drawing more and more people each year all throughout Oregon making our state one of the best for horticulture. Here in Lane County, Eichengreen says, “It hasn’t been too hot or too cold. We’ve had just the right amount of rain.”
Gardening in the Northwest is so popular nearly one billion dollars was spent on the hobby in 2006 alone. That’s record breaking sales for the 16th consecutive year.
Organizers say you don’t need to have a green thumb to make a successful garden. “Some of the best gardeners on my team are people who have never gardened before,” says Eichengreen.
The gardening industry is a rising star in Oregon. Industries like cattle, grass seed and hay used to be market leaders but now the gardening industry has grabbed 21 percent of the agriculture market.
Oregon’s top areas for horticulture production are Marion, Washington, Clackamas, and Yamhill counties. They account for 81 percent of all sales statewide.
Oregon is #3 in nursery stock production nationwide, after California and Florida.