2017 Western Region Annual Meeting

17 October 2017 - 20 October 2017

Oregon Forest Scene



Join us October 17-20, 2017, in Wilsonville, Oregon for the 58th annual meeting of the IPPS Western Region.  Wilsonville is located south of Portland, north of Salem, and just off of Interstate 5 in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Commercial nursery operations in the Willamette Valley range from small specialty growers to large producers, with container-grown and bare-root crops shipped to customers across the U.S. and Canada. Vineyards, fruit and nut orchards, berry farms, and hop-growing operations are also part of the horticultural enterprises of the Willamette Valley.

The region offers a wide array of outdoor recreational opportunities, scenic drives, and public gardens. Plan to arrive early or stay after the IPPS meeting to enjoy some of the fall vacation opportunities in the Oregon wine country, Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast, and the Columbia River Gorge.

Registration for the meeting is now open! CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Interested in becoming a SPONSOR or EXHIBITOR? Click here for more information.

The Holiday Inn in Wilsonville will be our host hotel and meeting venue. The hotel is conveniently located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Portland and 30 minutes from Salem.  Conference attendees will receive a special room rate of $114.00 per night (single/double, plus tax).  This rate is good until September 26, 2017.

A diversity of topics are planned for the educational sessions at the meeting, including presentations on ornamental crops, edible crops, and native plants, along with research posters and trade exhibits. To download the complete program, CLICK HERE.



The pre-conference tour on Tuesday, October 17, will include:

Carlton Plants (photos above)

Youngblood Nursery


North American Plants


The conference tour on Wednesday , October 18, will include:

Aroma Cannabis

Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas (photo above, left)

Microplant Nurseries (photo above, right)

PlantSmith Nursery

Fir Point Farms (lunch stop)

The conference tour on Thursday, October 19, will include:

Heirloom Roses

Minto Island Growers (and lunch stop)

Smith Gardens

Scheduled speakers will include:

John Cooley - Container Options for Automation, Labor Savings, and Great Roots

Norman LaFaille - Controlled Release Fertilizers: The History and Impact

Moriah LaChapell Schalock - Biocontrol in Propagation

Joe Kupillas - Adapting Automation to Your Operation

Ryan Contreras - Woody Ornamental Plant Breeding

Dennis Warnecke - Natural Growing Through

Lane Selman - Tomato Breeding

Wes Eaton - pH and EC Measurements in Growing Media and Water

Robin Rosetta - Nursery Pest Management (pesticide credit hours available)

Luisa Santamaria - Diagnostics of Plant Disease in Greenhouse and Nursery Settings


Registration for the meeting is now open! CLICK HERE for the registration form.

While at the meeting, stop by our exhibitors' displays and learn about the latest in products and services for commercial propagation and nursery production:
   ● Agra Tech Inc.
    ● BioSafe Systems
    ● Blackmore Company / Ellepot USA
    ● Conley’s Greenhouse Manufacturing & Sales
    ● Dramm Corporation
    ● Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.
    ● Grow-Tech Inc.
    ● Microplant Nurseries, Inc.
    ● OBC Northwest, Inc.
    ● Pace 49 Inc.
    ● Phillips Soil Products, Inc.
    ● Proptek
    ● Syngenta



Participate in the annual meeting by bringing a poster covering a research, development, or horticultural practice about plant propagation or plant production, including new plants. Posters do not have to be academic or scientific in nature, but must be non-commercial. Click here for more information and the application form (due by September 22, 2017).



  • Nursery Management – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Nursery Management is the leading trade publication serving wholesale nursery growers, providing the latest production, marketing, and business management tips to help growers increase their profits.

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  • Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Fall Creek Farm & Nursery focuses on cultivating exceptional blueberry plants, building strong relationships, and providing responsive customer service in order to build A World with Better Blueberries™.

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  • Microplant Nurseries, Inc. – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Microplant Nurseries has a world-wide reputation for quality and reliability, helping growers and breeders bring new plants to market through their pioneering use of tissue culture (micropropagation).

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  • OBC Northwest, Inc. – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    OBC Northwest, Inc. is strongly placed as one of the leaders in the Pacific Northwest for quality horticultural supplies. The goal of every person at OBC Northwest is total customer satisfaction.

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  • BioSafe Systems – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    BioSafe Systems, a family-owned manufacturer of biodegradable disease-control products that do not negatively impact the health and safety of people and the environment.

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  • Blackmore Company / Ellepot USA – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Blackmore is a leading supplier of equipment, plastic trays, eco-friendly and fully degradable Ellepots for landscaping and propagation, and other products to the commercial horticulture industry.

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  • Phillips Soil Products, Inc. – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    Phillips Soil Products utilizes high quality raw materials, horticultural knowledge, and advancements in technology to produce horticultural growing media of unrivaled quality and consistency.

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  • Harrell's – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    One of the largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides in the U.S., and a producer of custom blended fertilizers (including Polyon), specialty liquids, and wetting agents.

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  • American Horticultural Supply – PLATINUM SPONSOR

    AHS has served the green industry for over 30 years. AHS sells direct to wholesale growing operations on the West Coast and through nursery supply and garden center distributors nationally.

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  • Proptek – GOLD SPONSOR

    A leader in the design and manufacture of propagation trays and containers, supplying commercial nurseries and growers with cost-effective propagation products.

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  • Pindstrup – GOLD SPONSOR

    Pindstrup offers a wide range of high-quality substrates for the professional grower. Based on years of experience, Pindstrup harvests and handles the raw materials so customers can rely on a consistent product every time.

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  • Bayer – GOLD SPONSOR

    Bayer solutions provide growers with social, environmental, and economic benefits. Bayer products promote horticultural sustainability by improving plant health, preserving biodiversity, and ensuring nursery safety.

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  • Grow-Tech Inc. – SILVER SPONSOR

    Grow-Tech’s Cellular Rooting Sponge® technology uses fine peat and a foam binder to create a flexible, stable rooting substrate for specialty crop use in forestry, horticulture, floriculture, and hydroponics.

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  • Stuewe & Sons, Inc. – SILVER SPONSOR

    Stuewe and Sons offer a complete line of nursery containers for tree seedling production. having spent over thirty years researching new products for the reforestation and tree seedling nursery industries.

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  • Nature’s Source – SILVER SPONSOR

    Nature’s Source has been manufacturing high efficiency plant food products for horticultural professionals since 1994. Their liquid plant foods are based on their patented, sustainable oilseed extract process, delivering a renewable source of plant nutrition.

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  • Evergreen Growers Supply – SILVER SPONSOR

    Evergreen Growers Supply is focused almost exclusively on advising customers on successfully integrating beneficial insects into their protocols, resulting in reduced cost in insecticides, healthier plants, and a general increase of the grower's bottom line.

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  • Syngenta – BRONZE SPONSOR

    Syngenta takes a holistic approach and creates integrated, tailored solutions for growers by combining advanced crop protection science, quality seeds that deliver higher yields, and advice based on deep insights into how growers work.

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  • T.O. Plastics – BRONZE SPONSOR

    T.O. Plastics is a market leader in the horticultural industry, supplying a proprietary line of plastic horticultural growing containers and innovative custom products that improve the growing process and growers’ bottom line.

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