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IPPS North American Summit
Who we are:
IPPS was created by a group of plantsmen in 1951 under the name International Plant Propagators' Society (IPPS) and has since expanded to include a global network of professionals with an interest in all aspects of plant production, horticultural research, and education, with the aim to improve the knowledge, skills, productivity, and professionalism of its members. Members have access to educational conferences, field days, seminars, and its vast library of horticultural knowledge, the combined proceedings of all annual conferences since 1951.

IPPS has 1,600 members over eight geographical regions around the world, spread over four continents.

What we do:
IPPS Regions coordinate and organize various forums and activities where members can learn and share plant production knowledge. Our motto is "To Seek and To Share."

The North American Summit:
Join us for a free 3-day showcase of IPPS members and their nurseries across the three regions of North America plus the emerging India region. Each day is hosted by one region and will feature tours and speakers related to plant production.

October 27 to 29, 2020
Eastern Region: Tuesday 9 am to 12 pm EDT | 1 to 4 pm UTC
Southern Region: Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm EDT | 1 to 4 pm UTC
Western Region: Thursday 3 to 6 pm EDT | 7 to 10 pm UTC

All sessions will be presented in the English language.

Registration is free to members and non-members. However, only members will have access to the recordings of the North American Summit. Consider becoming a member today!
Oct 27, 2020 09:00 AM
Oct 28, 2020 09:00 AM
Oct 29, 2020 03:00 PM
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Terri McEnaney, Dr. Darby McGrath, Alex Verbinnen
@IPPS Eastern Region North America Speakers
The Eastern Region IPPS welcomes you with a tour and presentation at Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bailey Nurseries President, Terri McEnaney will present "Executing Change Amid Crisis." Next, Dr. Darby McGrath (Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Horticulture, Vineland Research) will present "Air-pruning, Trays and Trees: What’s it All About?." Then, visit behind-the-scenes of Evergreen Nursery Company with President/Owner Ron Amos in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Finally, Alex Verbinnen, Propagation Manager for Verbinnen's Nursery in Ontario will present "10 Grower Good Ideas."
Dr. Dave Creech, Dr. Dennis Werner, Dr. Michael Dirr
@IPPS Southern Region North America Speakers
Southern Region IPPS will kick off our program with Dr. Dave Creech (Stephen F. Austin State University Gardens in Nacodoches, Texas) "Tips and Tricks for Propagating Difficult to Root Species." Then Dr. Dennis Werner (J.C. Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University) "Designer Genes, Designer Redbuds: Twenty Years of Cercis Breeding." After a delightful preview tour of nurseries in Athens, Georgia (site of our 2022 meeting) our final speaker will be Dr. Michael Dirr (President of Chestnut Oak Farm and partner in Premier Introductions, Inc.) "Tour of the Dirr garden and Premier Introductions, Inc.: Best Performers and Those to Come." Last, we'll preview next year's meeting in Mobile, Alabama.
Mike Bone, Guy Meacham, Vinod Kumar, Justin Schroeder, Prof. Sunil Chaturvedi, and Dr. Prakash Kumar
@IPPS Western Region North America Speakers, with guests from emergent India Region
The International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS) Western Region invites you to attend an action-packed educational session where we will virtually tour 4 diverse operations and see 2 presentations. The tours consist of the Denver Botanic Garden Steppe collection (led by Mike Bone), J. Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery propagation to production (led by Guy Meacham), Rajat Biotech India tissue culture lab producing fruit trees for the Himalayan Belt (led by Vinod Kumar), and The Seattle Spheres (led by Justin Schroeder). The presentations are Pollination in indigenous Orchid species in Nagaland region of India (by Prof. Sunil Chaturvedi) and Lessons from Nature: Studies on mangrove trees and biotechnology (by Dr. Prakash Kumar).