2017 Eastern Region Annual Conference: Grand Rapids, Michigan

11 October 2017 - 14 October 2017

Being successful in the nursery industry takes more than plant production knowledge, it takes a solid background in business as well as a knowledge of environmental costs and benefits.  Join us in Grand Rapids for great talks by leading growers and business professionals on how to: KEEP IT GREEN! 

The four day conference consists of behind-the-scenes-tours to local nurseries & botanic gardens as well as an educational session that conveniently breaks into three types of green we care about: the Green Environment, Green Profits, & Green Plants. A poster session, plant auctions & time to socialize round out the event.  Check out the full program HERE.

Register online HERE or download a hard copy registration form HERE.
Student Scholarships available HERE.  

Our conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown located at 310 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Tours will depart from and return to this property. The hotel is 15 miles from Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). Transportation to the hotel from the airport is available via Uber or Lyft ($18-$30), via taxi ($34) or MetroCars. Parking at the hotel is FREE for registered guests!

Reserve your room by September 27th to get our group rate of $152 double/double or $167 king. Make your reservation online HERE or call 616-235-7611. If you do not use the special IPPS link and visit the hotel website instead (www.HIGRDT.com), you will need to enter the group code PPS to get our reduced rate.

This year our welcome reception, educational sessions, poster session and auction will not be held at the conference hotel but at a facility very close by - the Eberhard Center. The Center is an easy five minute walk from the hotel but let us know if you will need assistance getting back and forth. 

The Pre-Conference Tour will depart from the Holiday Inn Downtown in Grand Rapids and head south for a full day tour that will visit Rosebay Nursery,  Midwest Groundcovers, Blue Horizon Nursery,  and finally the serene and beautiful Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, the latest addition to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. We will return to the hotel in time to make the short walk to the nearby Eberhard Center for our kick-off event, the Welcome Reception. 

Join us as we tour three large scale nurseries based in West Michigan: Walters GardensHortech and Spring Meadow Nursery. Enjoy a full day of behind the scenes tours while networking with colleagues old and new throughout the day. Tours include a stop at the home garden of Spring Meadow’s owner, Dale Deppe, which features the largest collection of hydrangeas in the Midwest.   We will cap the day with a fantastic dinner and live auction at Spring Meadow Nursery.  

Program Chair Brian Maynard, Plant Science Professor at the University of Rhode Island, has drawn on the wealth of horticultural knowledge at Michigan State University as well as the wealth of experience in the Michigan green industry and beyond to develop an educational program that will help you “Keep It Green”. Check it out HERE

Eastern Region conference auctions offer fun, friendly competition with the lure of scoring an extraordinary plant, signed horticultural book or other special item. Please complete a quick online form for each item your would like to donate: HERE. Submit your donation form(s) by October 9, 2017.  Please bring your items to the Registration Desk in the Looking Glass Room in the Lobby of the Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids as you arrive for the conference.  You are also welcome to ship items as detailed in the form. The silent auction will open for bidding during the day on Friday, October 13th and will close that evening at the end of the cocktail hour following general session from 5:00 to 6:00pm. The live auction will take place at Spring Meadow Nursery Thursday evening, October 12th, at the end of the conference tour.

You are invited to prepare a poster for the Grand Rapids conference. From practical tips about plant propagation and production to more scientific aspects of our industry, we welcome your participation! 

Please submit a registration form indicating your intent to present a poster by September 30th. You can ship your poster to the conference whether you attend or not, you may bring it with you or we will print it & transport it to the event for you! Details and form HERE.

Posters may be presented for any aspect of horticulture; however, topics must be noncommercial and relate to an aspect of plant propagation or production.  Maximum poster size is 4 ft x 4 ft; push pins will be available.

Summaries of the posters will be published in the Annual Proceedings of the IPPS. In order to be published, a two-page summary, exclusive of supporting material, must be submitted to Editor Charles Heuser. The summary should be informative and complete, including any appropriate graphs and figures. The summary should include the name of the author(s), address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, and should be submitted electronically to Charles at cwh2@psu.edu.

Questions? Contact Ron Strasko, ron@creekhillnursery.com or 717-572-2781

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