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    Welcome to the IPPS Eastern Region!

    Our mission is to provide a forum for education and information exchange among plant professionals. Our vision is to be recognized as the premier resource for ornamental plant production information and education.

    • New York Botanical Garden Hosts Area Meeting: October 24, 2014

      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!

      Registration includes admission, parking, morning coffee and lunch.  Discounted rate for IPPS members and students.  Special offer for non-members:  attend this meeting FREE if you join IPPS!  Click HERE for the program, registration form and more!

    • 2014 Conference Registration Open

      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.   

    • Improve Your Ground Game!

      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!

    • Come to Niagara Falls!

      Preview the 2014 IPPS Eastern Region Conference tours with this great video created by John Verbinnen of the Ontario Site Committee.   Click  HERE





    • IPPS Eastern Region Newsletter – April 2014

      April 2014

      • Moving forward with a New Strategy…  IPPS Reinvention 2014!
      • Come to Niagara Falls
      • Climate Friendly Nurseries Project

      Check out past issues of our newsletter here.


    • Ron Amos Elected Eastern Region President

      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 Receives Region’s Top Honor

      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…

    • Dale Pierson Receives Fellow Award

      Dale Pierson was elected as a Fellow of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators’ Society at their 2013 annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Fellow Award is an honor the Region awards to its members for exceptional service to the Society and to the advancement of the field of propagation and production.  An IPPS member since 1993, Pierson has served on the Eastern Region Board of Directors and led various committees including the local site committee for the 2003 annual conference held in Portland, ME.  Dale and his wife, Mike, have owned and operated Pierson Nurseries, Inc. in Biddeford, ME since its inception in 1973.  They grow high quality nursery stock for the horticultural trade throughout the New England states. Over one third of their plant sales are native and wetland plants. Their son, Jake, joined the company in 2004.  Read more…

    • Ontario Area Meeting: July 10, 2013

      You are invited to attend an engaging educational program and enjoy a tour of three Waterdown, Ontario area nurseries. Morning seminars highlight recent research in biological control methods; soil microbial activity for containers and field operations, as well as existing nursery IPM programs that have evolved over the years.

      Following lunch, nursery visits include a pot in pot tree operation; budding demonstration; compost operation with equipment demo; and pot container trials as well as irrigation water pH control plot. We will visit: Winkelmolen Nursery, Connon Nurseries NVK and  Verbinnen’s Nursery.

      As always, the day will involve lots of networking opportunities and a chance to learn more about our industry!  Click here:  REGISTRATION FORM

      Contact Keith Osborne: 905-466-0077 or keith@gro-bark.com


       7:00      Breakfast and registration courtesy of Plant Products
      8:00       Welcome and start of educational program
      10:00     Break courtesy of Kam’s Growers Supply
      12:00     Lunch provided by Connon NVK and Gro-Bark
      1:00       Depart for tours (attendees provide own transportation)
      4:00       Break courtesy of Kam’s Growers Supply
      5:00       Meeting ends in Freelton

        Our speakers have been brought to you in part by
      Annapolis Valley Peat Company

      Thank you to our generous sponsors, including Landscape Ontario!

    • 2013 IPPS Eastern Region Research Grants

      The IPPS Eastern Region supports research through its fund with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI).

      The total IPPS grant allocation for 2013 is $4750 to be split between two research projects:

      • Management of a New Introduced Pathogen of Boxwood, James LaMondia, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
      •  Evaluation of a Weed Risk Assessment Model for Screening Ornamental Plants Throughout the US, Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California

      CLICK HERE here for project details…

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