UGA to host International Plant Propagators Society Meeting Nov. 2-6

October 18, 2013

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Athens, Ga. - Nursery and floriculture growers from across the U.S. will meet Nov. 2-6 at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center to share the newest innovations in plant propagation, production, ornamental breeding and management practices.

Hosted by the UGA department of horticulture, the three-and-a-half-day International Plant Propagators' Society Southern Region of North America Annual Meeting will include nearly a dozen nursery and garden tours, talks on newly released plant varieties bred for the Southeastern climate and best management practices for nursery and floriculture growers.

"This is the premier nursery and floriculture meeting in the southeastern U.S. and attracts people from across the nation. It is one of the few meetings where researchers and growers co-mingle and a tremendous opportunity for each group to learn from the other," said event co-organizer Matthew Chappell, an assistant professor of horticulture and UGA Extension nursery specialist.

Extension entomologists, plant pathologists and nursery experts from UGA and other Southeastern universities will share their latest research on nursery propagation and plant care. Horticulture experts from HGTV, BASF, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and many veteran nursery owners, ornamental plant breeders and green industry personnel also will be present.

The speakers will cover popular topics such as the best new ornamental plants for the U.S., new technologies and practices to increase nursery and floriculture sustainability, propagation of new and difficult plants and integrated pest management techniques.

The society encourages non-members who work in the green industry and students pursuing degrees in the various plant sciences to attend. For more information, see


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