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October 19-22, Tempe

US (AZ): IPPS - Western Region announces annual meeting program

The International Plant Propagators’ Society (IPPS) -Western Region announces the program for its 2016 Annual Meeting October 19-22 in Tempe, Arizona.

“The unique desert climate provides a different view on horticulture,” said Emilie Speciale, conference organizer. “Conference attendees will have the special opportunity to experience the many desert climates and learn from desert-dwelling educators.”

Hosted at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, the event begins on October 19 with a pre-conference tour of the Arboretum of Flagstaff followed by a welcome reception. October 20 offers educational sessions in the morning, with an afternoon tour of local producers Zvida Growers, Arid Zone Trees and Greenfield Citrus. On October 21, attendees can gather more knowledge through research presentations, then tour Desert Tree Farm, Arizona Wholesale Growers and Desert Botanical Garden. The official event concludes with a reception and banquet featuring live music and a silent auction. Featured speaker is well-known desert plants author and Starr Nursery proprietor Greg Starr. On October 22 a post-conference tour provides the opportunity to experience the Sonoran Desert Museum.

This year’s slate of speakers features both growers and scientists, including Mike Evans of Tree of Life Nursery, Diego Martinez of Van Belle Nursery Inc., Abe Casillas of the Arizona Cannabis Society and Dr. Ursula Schuch of the University of Arizona. Presentation topics include disease management, parboiled rice hulls for weed control, commercial cannabis propagation, production and micropropagation of natives and more.

Additional highlights for the meeting include the popular poster sessions, trade show, New Plant Forum and Nuggets of Knowledge session.

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