July 2020
IPPS is a place for both newbies and experts to learn more about plant 
production and propagation. Come in and find your seat!  

Liz Dunham, VP of  Knight Hollow Nursery , will provide a live virtual tour of her one-of-a-kind woody tissue culture laboratory on July 23 at 4 pm Eastern. Register here .

Liz, of Middleton, Wisconsin, was named to GPN's 40 Under 40, Class of 2020 , and serves on the IPPS-ER Board of Directors. Liz will share a rarely-seen, behind-the-scenes tour showcasing one of the fastest ways to propagate plants in the world. She will be joined at the end of the tour for questions by Deborah McCown, a pioneer of the tissue culture industry.

Registration for the microMeeting is complimentary and you must register to receive instructions for joining the tour.  Register now !

Business owners work hard every day to ensure the success of their operations. But many overlook the necessity of having a succession plan.

A panel of your peers during the 2019 IPPS-ER Annual Conference shared their succession planning experiences. This July and August, our newsletter will feature the unique perspectives of those panelists and we'll share a few additional resources.

Here are a few great resources below.


The IPPS-ER is pleased to announce the selection of Stephanie Stockton, owner of SMS Meetings & Events, LLC as its new Executive Secretary-Treasurer. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.
“I was impressed with Stephanie's interview and subsequent meetings," said Dr. Winston Dunwell, IPPS-ER President and Selection Committee Chair. "I believe that Stephanie will fit right in with IPPS-ER's culture and has the personality and skills that will complement our mission and programs.”
Stockton has nearly twenty years of experience in association management and meeting planning, which includes serving as Director of Business Education at the American Nursery & Landscape Association. She has also served the Perennial Plant Association, The International Agritourism Association, and other international educational programs.
"The IPPS Eastern Region has an impressive history,” Stockton said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing growth and continued success.”
Stockton joined IPPS-ER on July 1, 2020. Margot Bridgen retired June 30 and is helping with the smooth transition.
IPPS Eastern Region
P.O. Box 190
York, PA 17407
Ph: 888-679-4024
Growing future horticulturists

Recently, Dave Sanford, IPPS-ER Foundation Scholarship Chair and his Committee were in a quandary. There were so many excellent applications for the two available Foundation scholarships of $2,000 each, it didn’t feel right to provide only two, so he suggested to the Foundation Board that they approve awarding three scholarships of $2,000. Everyone liked the idea until Foundation expenses and payouts were evaluated. Since getting to the point in 2019 of being able to start supporting newcomers in horticulture, the Foundation had established a spending limit of four percent. The third scholarship would put the Foundation over that limit. No one spoke in favor of doing that!

But the Foundation’s irrepressible Executive Director, Brian Decker, had a trick up his sleeve. He asked the Board what if he could raise the extra $2,000 for the third scholarship? There was a strong appetite for the idea and so Brian tasked himself with the goal of accomplishing this in 30 days. Those of you who know Brian won’t be surprised to hear it took him less than five days!

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 IPPS-ER Foundation Scholarships:
Four-year student Eli Wilson , University of Vermont, working on Bachelor of Sciences in Ecological Agriculture, expected June 2021. Partial list of work experience: Propagator with the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center and as a Teaching Assistant for Plant Propagation and for Woody Landscape Plants and Weed Ecology this fall.
Graduate student Chad Vanden Bosch , University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Jan. 2020 – present. Masters Degree of Science, emphasis on plant physiology, Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from Michigan State University, 2009. Partial list of work experience: Research Assistant at Hasenstein Lab / University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Grower Support Manager and other positions at Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, Michigan, and as Plant Hybridization Assistant & Intern at Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan. Chad is an IPPS-ER member since 2015 and has served on the Membership Committee.
Graduate student Erin Pfarr , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, PhD Student in Plant Biology with an emphasis in Plant Breeding and Genomics since Fall 2017, and University of Minnesota, B.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Plant Breeding and Genetics. Partial list of work experience: Teaching Assistant University of Minnesota in Soil Science, Plant Propagation & Plant Breeding; IPM Intern Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; and Plant Breeding Intern, Morton Arboretum.
Congratulations to all the winners and a big THANKS to all you generous IPPS members who heard
Brian’s call and reached into your “pockets!”

Submitted by Peggy Walsh Craig, IPPS-ER Foundation Executive Secretary

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