John Neeway

john-Thanksgiving 2014

What path brought you here?

I have been in the some part of the nursery business most of my life.  Thought I would go in a different direction a went to college to get out of it of it but was sucked back in when my family bought a farm to start a nursery from scratch.  Since moving to Oregon I became a grower for a greenhouse, then an assistant to my predecessor at WeHoP and took over  in 2010 as the Oregon Sales Rep.

What do you have a knack for?

I have a very good eye for color and plant combinations.  I never really understood I had the talent until I started working with people and found how easy it came to me.

 What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients? What do your ideal clients say about you?

I’m very good at finding unique material, and suggesting different plants.   Customers say I get back to them quickly and very helpful and friendly.

 What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

I enjoy seeing customers grow successfully and having good products to sell.

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

I’m a huge soccer fan and religiously watch every Manchester City game, even if the game is at 4:00 in the morning.  I’m also a member of the American Outlaws, (US Men’s National Team Supporters Group), Shareholder of Real Oviedo Football Club (Spanish Football club in Oviedo Spain)

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

In the garden when its not raining and in the shop when it is.  Hate sitting around doing nothing so always have a couple project going on

Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

I grew up in Salt Lake City and followed my family to Oregon to start a nursery after graduating from Utah Sate University.

Any nonprofits you love, & why?

Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Columbia Land Trust, Nature Conservancy

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Beer. How could anyone living in Oregon, (the booziest state in America) not want to give up all the great local microbrews.

How do you want to be remembered?

As a helpful and a hard working person that cared for everyone around me.

Anything else you’d like to tell people about yourself?

I’m married to a great nurse who makes me a better person everyday.

What is your favorite season?

Believe it or not, Spring!  I love seeing everything come out of dormancy and start growing.

What is your favorite Portland (or local to you)-area greenspace/park/garden?

My farm.  Watching plants grow and thrive that you planted and grew is very rewarding.  Especially watching them leaving on trucks 😉

What is your favorite gardening resource (book, website, etc.)

Really do not have one. Just use what I have learned from peers and trial and error over the years

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

No place I really want to go to.  I just like to put one foot in front of the other and see were it takes me.