Letter From The President

It seems like we were just finishing up with Spring 2014, and now Spring 2015 is knocking on the door. This year promises to be exciting for the nursery industry. The stock market is up (and down and up), oil prices are the lowest in decades, and housing starts are on the rise – looks like we can expect short stocks and tall orders. That’s a big change from five years ago!


Passing of the Gavel from Past President Buddy Lee to President Maarten van der Giessen

With the pressures for increased propagation and production, I’m grateful to have the professional advice and friendships that I’ve made through IPPS over the years. IPPS is the highest concentration of talent and knowledge in our industry. It is a professional investment that has consistently paid off, regardless of the markets. It’s hard to put a high enough value on expertise.

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about the fall, but I want to encourage all of you to come to Tampa October 10-14th. We’ll be hosting the International Meeting this year, and there will be an exciting group of people to share ideas and perspectives. I look forward to seeing you all there.

All the Best,

Maarten van der Giessen
President 2014-2015, IPPS Southern Region

2015 International Tour

xstreet_corner.jpg.pagespeed.ic.LqaFD55-s9The International tour will begin on October 4, 2015, from New Orleans, LA and conclude October 10, 2015, in Tampa, FL with a full day board meeting for delegates and an open day for non board members on the last day.  Several organized options will be available on the last day for any that are interested in group activities. The International tour may opt to join SRNA-IPPS activities for the remainder of the regional meeting. Official departure date will be October 15, 2015. If any potential tour attendees have questions about accommodating other arrival/departure dates or locations, please contact Patricia Knight at tricia@ra.msstate.edu, to discuss options for accommodations.  Check back for the complete agenda.

Member Profile

In 2015 we will begin a new initiative, highlighting new and seasoned members. Thanks to all who have participated, and we look forward to hearing from many more members!


Maarten van der Geissen

Maarten van der Geissen

IPPS-SRNA President 2015
van der Giessen Nursery, Semmes, Alabama

How are you reaching the next generation? Why do you value IPPS?

“I reach the next generation by grabbing them by the sleeve, just as my mentor, Brice Briggs did to me.  The younger folks are interested in the industry and are hungry for information.”

“When you’re talking plants there is no generation gap! The excitement is universal.”

China Initiative, November 2014


December 19, 2014

IPPS is a global network of professionals with an interest in plant production, including horticultural research and education with the aim to improve the skills, productivity and professionalism of its members.

IPPS has 1600 members over eight geographical regions around the world, spread over four continents.

IPPS ChinaInternational Directors of the IPPS visited China during November 2014 to investigate the possibility of establishing an IPPS China Region and learn more about the pace of change within horticulture in China. The group visited various nurseries and garden centers in the Shanghai and Hangzhou area as guests of the Nursery Stock Branch of the China Flower Association and other regional business.

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Meet Colm, the 2014 IPPS European Region Exchange representative!

We had the opportunity to interview students who attended the IPPS Southern Region Conference this past October. This is one of our installments of the Student series as posted on Facebook.

Colm O’Driscoll  has a B.S. in Horticulture from National Botanical Gardens of Ireland and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dublin City University. He has worked at a variety of Horticulture facilities including  Airfield House Farm & Gardens, YOUNGS NURSERIES, and ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW.

Become A Member

MembershipWe the members of the International Plant Propagators’ Society, Southern Region of North America, are joined together by a common interest in the propagation of plants. “To Seek and To Share” is our motto, as we “seek” new propagation ideas, new propagation techniques and new plants. We enthusiastically “share” that which we learn. Ultimately, through our interactions with one another, we strive to increase our plant propagation knowledge. With this knowledge, we hope to increase profitability in our industry and to beautify the landscape for this and future generations.

TO BECOME A MEMBER, click here for application and payment options.