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Welcome to the IPPS Eastern Region!
Peggy Walsh Craig assumed the role of IPPS Eastern Region President following the September conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Peggy graduated from the University of Guelph with a diploma in horticulture in the mid-70s. Stints ensued at wholesale nurseries, a horticultural therapy project and with the Royal Botanical Gardens in southern Ontario over the following 15 years. Peggy joined IPPS in 1977. She is currently Managing Director of Plant Watch, which monitors patent and trademark compliance in the US for Spring Meadow Nursery, Bailey Nurseries, The Conard-Pyle Company and Plant Development Services, Inc. Read more…
The 2014 recipient of the IPPS Eastern Region’s Fellow Award is Brian Decker, President of Decker’s Nursery in Groveport, Ohio. The Fellow Award is presented to members who exhibit exemplary service to the Society and to the advancement of the field of propagation and production. The announcement was made at the 64th Annual Meeting of the IPPS Eastern Region in Niagara Falls September 18th. Read more…
Dr. Robert Geneve, University of Kentucky Horticulture Professor, has received the 2014 IPPS Eastern Region Award of Merit, the organization’s highest honor. One member from the Eastern Region is selected each year for significant contributions to the field of plant production and/or extraordinary service to the Society. The announcement on September 18th brought conference attendees to their feet for a standing ovation at the 64th annual meeting of the IPPS Eastern Region held in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Read more…
You are invited to spend a day listening to plant production specialists, connecting with green industry professionals and touring America’s premier urban garden. Join us on Friday, October 24th at the New York Botanical Garden – just in time for an insider tour of the special exhibition Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden!
It’s time to register for the event that is the highlight of the IPPS year! The IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference will be held from September 17-20, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Details on the program, pre-conference tours, conference tours, travel and lodging, sponsorship and more are available under the “Meetings” tab at the top of this page. You can register online if you click HERE or you can download the registration form to complete and fax or mail in if you click HERE.
This year, if you REGISTER EARLY you just might WIN BIG! Register by August 8, 2014 to be eligible to win an iPad Air! (16GB tablet with WiFi, valued at C$500+) MORE CHANCES TO WIN: Register by August 22nd to win one of three $100 gift cards for Canyon Creek Chophouse in Niagara Falls. This restaurant has views of the Falls and a menu to tempt both the adventurous and less than adventurous. Winners will be selected randomly from all paid registrations. Prizes will be awarded during the Conference.
2014 Conference Program
A bit of surprise, some basics and hardcore management insight top the program for our Niagara Falls IPPS conference in Canada. Kin Recognition in Plants, How to Do Breeding Crosses and Lean Management at North Creek Nurseries are a few of the talks included during the September 17th -20th event. Other subjects include root health, soils & growing media, intelligent spraying & plants for green building facades. Click here for speakers & more!
Preview the 2014 IPPS Eastern Region Conference tours with this great video created by John Verbinnen of the Ontario Site Committee. Click HERE
- Moving forward with a New Strategy… IPPS Reinvention 2014!
- Come to Niagara Falls
- Climate Friendly Nurseries Project
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Ron Amos, President of Evergreen Nursery Co., was elected President of the IPPS Eastern Region for the 2013-14 year at their 2013 conference held in Chicago in October. Evergreen Nursery Company is located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin – in scenic Door County. The business was founded in 1864 by George Pinney; they will be celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2014! The nursery, which originated on less than an acre of land, has since expanded to 446 acres.
The nursery’s yearly production for planting and sales now includes 750 thousand Gro-Plugs®, 400 thousand 1 quart liners, 255 thousand bare root evergreens and 120 thousand bare root birch. They offer a complete line of #5 and #7 evergreen containers and also propagate cranberry plugs and flats. Currently Evergreen Nursery is home to nearly 30 full time employees.
When he is not busy running Wisconsin’s largest wholesale nursery, Ron enjoys juggling (watch out when he’s practicing with the hammers), photography and riding his bike.
Jim Johnson was presented with the prestigious Award of Merit from the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society at their 2013 annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Award of Merit is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an Eastern Region IPPS member.
As an IPPS member since 1983, Johnson’s service to the Society has indeed been extraordinary. He is a past president of the Eastern Region, has served on the region’s board of directors and numerous committees including Program Committee chair for the 2002 meeting and Chair of the Local Site Committee for the 2005 meeting in New Jersey. Jim has served as alternate director as well as director on the International IPPS Board representing the Eastern region. His outstanding work on the International Board culminated with his election as president of the International Board in 2009-2010. Johnson was awarded the IPPS Eastern Region Fellow Award in 2004.
Jim’s career has been spent working for the Cooperative Extension Service, first with the University of New Hampshire until 1982 and following that with Cumberland County, New Jersey, with Rutgers University. Johnson’s work with the nursery industry is impressive and he has focused his efforts on maximizing productivity while enhancing environmental quality. Read more…