IPPS is a place for both newbies and experts to learn more about plant 
production and propagation. Come in and find your seat!  
IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference

Lydia Scott is the Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), founded by The Morton Arboretum. CRTI is a coalition comprised of 200 partner organizations including a 14 member Executive Advisory Council. The CRTI works to expand and improve forest composition, stewardship, forestry professionalism, equity, and climate change in order to increase the health, diversity, and canopy cover of the regional urban forest. Lydia has a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois and has 25 years’ experience in conservation and urban forestry. Lydia will present the keynote session on September 29, during the 2021 IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference.
Meet Ferenc Kiss, Cavano's Perennials, Inc.

In this month's member spotlight, we recognize Ferenc Kiss of Cavano's Perennials, Inc., in Kingsville, Maryland. Ferenc is featured in a recent Nursery Management article, "The Gift of Encouragement."
A Rare Treat for In-Person Conference Attendees

We're looking forward to getting together again! And what a rare treat it will be to call The Morton Arboretum home to our Annual Conference for several days. During session breaks, step out of the conference room into the 1700-acre living museum and horticultural playground.

Discover five tree-inspired sculptures through the arboretum's outdoor art exhibit, Human+Nature (pronounced: Human Nature.)

Leaf through the pages of rare finds at the Sterling Morton Library, that includes a collection rich with botanical and horticultural materials, including a host of historical and contemporary works.

The Morton Arboretum is home to The Center for Tree Science, with a team of more than 30 scientists who collaborate with colleagues around the world, contributing scientific knowledge and technical experience to secure the future of trees. Many of these world-renowned experts will attend our conference, which provides a unique, extended opportunity to discuss current research and information.

Explore the quality landscape of the award-winning children's garden or crack the puzzle of the 1-acre maze garden.

Spend quality time exploring the extensive tree collections including conifers, crabapples, oaks, flowering trees, and many more! There is an interactive outdoor exhibit designed to bring tree research to life, called The Gateway to Tree Science. It's a must see!

Registration for the In-Person program is limited. Early bird registration ends September 7.

Highlight a New or Underused Plant

The wildly-popular New Plant Forum will be held on September 30 during the Annual Conference. Share a new introduction, or an existing cultivar or species which you feel is under-appreciated.

Unable to attend? You may still submit a new plant and someone will present for you. This year's program will be moderated by IPPS ER Board Member, Todd West of North Dakota State University.

Poster Presentations

You need not be present to present a poster session at the IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference.

Poster Sessions showcase 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 process or a new piece of equipment.

There is 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! Contact us to present!
Calling for Auction Donations

Help us make this year's silent and live auctions a success as well as a great time! Whether you can attend the annual conference or not, your contribution of items for the auction are needed. Unique, new and rare plants are especially welcome.

Non-plant items such as books, caps, artwork, gift certificates or something special from your hometown or business make great contributions as well. Donate items here!
Dr. Kenneth Reisch, former IPPS ER Secretary Passes

Dr. Kenneth W. Reisch, "Ken", age 91, of Lewis Center, Ohio, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021. Ken was the Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the IPPS Eastern Region from 1957-59.

Ken taught between 1952-1972 in the Horticultural & Agricultural Research Departments and served as Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Home Economics at The Ohio State University for 15 years until he retired 1989. He was instrumental in steering the Chadwick Arboretum.

Ken's wife Janice passed away on May 30, 2021. We are grateful for the leadership the Reisch family provided to the IPPS Eastern Region and express our condolences the Reisch family.