The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Bruce C. Hoskins, owner of Pacific Crest Groundcovers in Canby, Oregon. He died December 13, 2019 in Portland, Oregon, following a battle with brain cancer. He was 71.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bruce was the son of Courtney J. Hoskins and Dorothy M. Beachler. He received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Penn State University, and moved to Oregon in 1970.
Partnering with other growers, he purchased 10 acres in Boring, Oregon to start JPB Rhododendrons, before changing to To-Kar’s Nursery. The operation moved to Canby, Oregon and the company’s name was changed to Pacific Crest Groundcovers in 2002.
The family-owned nursery has been a member of the Oregon Association of Nurseries since 1991. Bruce retired as president in 2019.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Tyler Hoskins of Corvallis, Oregon, and Andrew Hoskins of Canby; daughter, Kelsey Hoskins of Canby; daughter-in-law, Brittany Hoskins, of Corvallis; brother, Gene Hoskins of Arizona; and sister, Alice Takase of Texas.
A private memorial service was planned. The family has asked that memorial contributions be given to any brain cancer research organization.