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IPPS ER Annual Conference: Columbus, Ohio

IPPS ER Annual Conference: Columbus, Ohio

24 Sep 2024 - 27 Sep 2024

IPPS ER Annual Conference: Columbus, Ohio

Join us for the IPPS-Eastern Region's 2024 Annual Conference at the Marriott Columbus OSU, Columbus, Ohio, from September 23-27, 2024!

Embark on a transformative journey at the forefront of horticulture, guided by our theme: "Rooting for a better planet." This conference is more than an event; it's a commitment to cultivating a sustainable future for our industry. This year we've packed the event with inspiring speakers, engaging tours, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

How to Register

Secure your spot at the IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference by registering today. Register Here

Download the Full Program

2024 Conference Program
2024 Conference Program

For full event details, download the conference program. Download Here

Student Conference Participation

The IPPS Eastern Region offers scholarships for qualifying students to cover registration costs for Annual Conferences, generally held in the fall. Students may apply for a scholarship to attend for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 days of the event.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Conference! Click here to complete the application.

Looking for more support? Check out the offerings from the IPPS Eastern Region Foundation!


We have a great program planned for you! Click HERE to view the speakers and topics, and HERE to view the Schedule of Events

Marie Chieppo
Marie Chieppo

Keynote Speaker: Marie Chieppo

  • Ecological Landscape Designer and Accredited Organic Land Care Professional at EcoPlantPlans, LLC
  • Topic: Sustainable issues related to plastic use in the nursery industry and alternatives
  • Bio: Marie Chieppo has been tending to eco gardens for more than 20 years. Marie is a native plant designer and horticulturalist who works with nature to create beautiful landscapes with maximum function for living organisms. For 23 years she has incorporated thousands of native plants in residential, commercial and public settings. Learn more: https://ecoplantplans.com/about/

    Rapid Fire Presentations: Back by popular demand, these quick, engaging presentations allow multiple speakers to share their insights and innovations in a dynamic format. Contact Shelby French to get organized for this exciting segment.

    Tour Highlights

    Oakland Nursery
    Oakland Nursery

    Our conference tour itinerary is designed for every type of propagator and includes:

    • Mid-Ohio Food Collective: Explore innovative food production and distribution.
    • Timbuk Farms: Discover advanced nursery practices and plant propagation techniques.
    • Decker's NurseryLearn about traditional horticulture practices and the evolution of a family nursery business since 1921.
    • Groovy Plants Ranch: Experience unique plant varieties and cultivation methods.
    • Franklin Park Conservatory: Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at this beautiful botanical garden.
    • CEARC OSU: Visit Ohio State University's research and extension centers.

    Conference Hotel: Marriott Columbus OSU

    Marriot Columbus OSU - Front Entrance
    Marriott Columbus OSU - Front Entrance

    Stay at the Marriott Columbus OSU, the official hotel for our conference.

    How to Reserve Your Hotel Room
    Click here to Reserve Your Room Now 
    Take advantage of our special IPPS ER conference rates by booking your room at the Marriott Columbus OSU.

    Hotel Address: Marriott Columbus OSU
    3100 Olentangy River Road
    Columbus, Ohio, USA, 43202

    • Prime Location: Minutes from The Ohio State University, Jerome Schottenstein Center, and Ohio Stadium.
    • Networking Opportunities: Maximize your connections by staying where all conference attendees are.
    • Ease of Access: Convenient access to all conference sessions and activities.Marriot Columbus OSU - Fire Pit
      Marriot Columbus OSU - Fire Pit

    Hotel Perks: Luxury accommodations, On-site dining options, Fitness center and pool, Complimentary Wi-Fi

      Nearby Airports:

      • John Glenn Columbus International Airport
      • Rickenbacker International Airport

      Transportation Options:

      Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, network, and grow within the horticultural industry. We look forward to seeing you in Columbus!


      Interested in supporting IPPS Eastern Region with a sponsorship, click here
      Download offline sponsorship form here

      For sponsorship inquiries reach out to Keith Osborne

      Event Details

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      Four Day Package
      Three Day Package
      Wednesday Only

      2024 Sponsor options and form

      Reasons to Sponsor

      Conference Program