2018 Eastern Region Annual Conference: Newark, Delaware

23 September 2018 - 26 September 2018


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Come to the Delaware Valley!

The IPPS Eastern Region’s 2018 Conference will be held from September 23-26 in Newark, Delaware. That’s pronounced “New Ark” for those not familiar with Delaware’s most picturesque and active college town (home to the University of Delaware.) This location is not only equidistant from two major airports (Baltimore’s BWI and Philadelphia International Airport) but positions us perfectly to visit major production nurseries and botanical gardens in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. 

The four-day event will feature a full day pre-conference tour on Sunday, September 23rd followed by two days with morning presentations and afternoon conference tours. The final day will be Wednesday, September 26th with a morning of talks; the conference will end about noon.  We are very pleased to host the International IPPS Board of Directors who will take part in an 11-day tour concluding in Newark.  More on the International Tour (all are welcome!) HERE.  

Tour stops include:  The Perennial Farm, Manor View Farm, Emory Knoll Farms, Foxborough Nursery, Centerton Nursery, Overdevest Nurseries, Rivendell Nursery, North Creek Nurseries, Star Roses & Plants and the University of Delaware Botanic Garden (which is in walking distance from our hotel).  Conference attendees consistently rate IPPS tours as their favorite conference event!  You can download the tour schedules below. 

This year’s educational program theme is Plant Production around the World “From Backyard to Outback”, providing insights into plant production not only in the Delaware Valley and the surrounding area, but into plant production globally. International as well as local speakers will talk on a variety of topics sharing their expertise, insights and production tips. Don’t miss this chance to Seek and Share with our global colleagues.  You can download the program below.

The Eastern Region Poster Session showcases plant production research as well as practical or new propagation or production ideas. Consider preparing a poster on cool things you do in your company, some new production or propagation technique or a new piece of equipment. We have a step by step guide to help you through the process: HERE. We’ll even print the poster for you and get it to the conference – doesn’t get easier than that! Check out details on the poster registration form HERE. We need to hear from you by September 1st so that we have a poster backing waiting for you in Newark. Questions? Contact IPPS-ER Poster Chair Win Dunwell (Tel: 270.963.1638; Fax: 270.365.2667; wdunwell@uky.edu)

Rooms are reserved for our group at two side by side hotels, the Embassy Suites Newark Wilmington South and the Homewood Suites Newark Wilmington South, conveniently located just off Interstate I-95. Conference events will be held at the Embassy Suites.The room rate at either property is $159.00 single/double occupancy.Both properties include a free full, hot breakfast.The Embassy Suites has an evening Manager’s Reception with complimentary cocktails and snacks (5:30-7:30pm) and the Homewood Suites has a light buffet dinner from Monday through Thursday (5:30-7:30pm). Parking is free at both properties.  You can find transportation details HERE.  

Room reservations must be made by September 12, 2018 to get the discounted group rate. Click HERE for a reservation at the Embassy Suites and HERE for the Homewood Suites. Be sure to include Group Code “IPP”.You may also phone in your reservation:302-368-8000 for the Embassy Suites and 302-453-9700 for the Homewood Suites.

You may well want to extend your stay this year to explore some of the 30 public gardens within 30 miles of Philadelphia. This garden-rich area will not disappoint! Mt. Cuba Center is offering FREE admission to conference attendees the afternoon of Wednesday, September 26th (the conference ends at 1:00pm that day)!  Just show your name badge to get in! Other great options to visit include:  Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Chanticleer, the Tyler Arboretum, Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens and the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.




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    The UD Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences has excellent teaching, research, and outreach programs in the areas of plant biology, agronomy, horticulture, landscape architecture, and environmental soil sciences with a distinguished faculty.

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  • Foxborough Nursery: Platinum Level

    Foxborough Nursery, Inc. is a wholesale nursery well known in the horticultural industry for specializing in rare and unusual plant material.

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    Hortus provides plant rooting products including Hortus IBA Water Soluble Salts and Rhizopon® AA Rooting products.

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    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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    New plant introductions and unusual containerized Woody Ornamentals, Vines, Perennials, Grasses, and Ferns are featured at Pleasant Run Nursery.

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    Spring Meadow provides well branched, heavily rooted flowering shrub liners to growers across North America.

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    Syngenta applies world-class science to develop crop protection products and seeds.

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    A.M.A. contract manufactures is a wholesale distributor of a broad range of growing containers, growing media, seeding & production equipment and incidental supplies for growers across Canada and the USA.

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  • Decker's Nursery: Gold Level

    Since 1921, Decker's Nursery has been propagating plants and providing local and national retail and growers with the highest quality wholesale shrub liners, specialty conifer grafts, and finished material.

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  • Harrells: Gold Level

    Harrells is one of the nation's largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides and insecticides and also produces top-quality, custom blended fertilizers, specialty liquids, and wetting agents for the horticulture and landscape management industries and beyond.

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    Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association was founded in 1973 to foster a favourable climate for the advancement of the horticulture industry in Ontario

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  • North Creek Nurseries

    North Creek specializes in growing starter plants or plugs of perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, vines and shrubs with an emphasis on Eastern US native plants.

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  • Rivendell Nursery

    Rivendell Nursery, founded in 1988, is a family owned B&B wholesale nursery specializing in deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs.

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  • Centerton Nurseries

    Centerton Nursery family-owned nursery. servicing the independent garden center and landscape industry throughout most of the United States.

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  • Overdevest Nurseries

    Overdevest Nurseries grows over 2,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, and patio plants providing a "one stop" source for green goods.

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  • Jiffy

    Jiffy Group manufactures and supplies plant propagation products for growers.

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  • The Blackmore Company/ Ellepot USA

    Blackmore has been a premier horticulture industry supplier of seed sowing and growing equipment and technology since 1966.

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  • AM Leonard: Silver Level

    A.M. Leonard is a leader in the horticultural tool and supply business with emphasis on doing business the old-fashioned way.

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  • Canadale Nurseries: Silver Level

    Canadale Garden Centre and 110-acre nursery feature an extensive inventory of trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, perennials, ferns and ornamental grasses.

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  • GGS Structures, Inc.: Silver Level

    GGS is a world-class designer, manufacturer, and installer of commercial greenhouse structures since 1979.

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  • Gowan USA: Silver Level

    Gowan specializes in developing, marketing, and processing agricultural inputs such as crop protection products, seeds, and fertilizers.

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    Neil Vanderkruk Holdings Inc. grows and supplies nursery stock to the horticultural sector including evergreens, broadleaf evergreens, bulbs, shade and flowering trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, ferns, small fruits and fruit trees, and green roof plants and vegetation mats.

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  • Manor View Farm

    Manor View Farm is a 100 acre nursery that includes a Landscape Distribution Center, field production and a propagation division.

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  • The Perennial Farm

    The Perennial Farm grows Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, Hardy Ferns, Ground Covers, Flowering Vines, Flowering Shrubs, Fall Pansies, Cabbage & Kale.

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  • Mt. Cuba Center

    Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden with a mission is to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to support the habitats that sustain them.

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    Griffin is one of the premier horticultural distributors in the United States.

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    T.O. Plastics offers custom thermoformed packaging and products as well as its own line of proprietary horticulture products for the young plant industry.

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    Helena offers customers a wide variety of services for agricultural and non-crop/specialty markets based on regions and market conditions.

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    Precision GPS Spraying and Autosteer kits for most major brands.

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    M. Putzer Hornby Nursery Ltd. is a wholesale grower of shrubs, trees, evergreens, perennials and groundcovers.

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