The IPPS-SR 2014 Conference in Hickory, NC. October 25-29

I know you all are working like crazy right now so I thought I would give you something to look forward to….The IPPS-SR 2014 Conference in Hickory, NC October 25-29.

Put the dates on your calendar. You don’t want to miss it!

A few of the tour stops are:

Cam Too Camellia Nursery, where they have a diverse collection of species and cultivar camellias and an IPM system to keep the plants clean and disease free.

Buds and Blooms Nursery, which offers high quality ericaceous plants deep in the heart of the piedmont.

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, where you can hear the latest research updates for Boxwood Blight …. and much more.

Sunday night’s Welcome Reception at the Hickory Museum of Art

That’s just a taste of what the 2014 conference has to offer.

More details to come as the Local Sight and Education committees confirm them.

Donna Foster


President’s Message

Greetings from Louisiana to fellow IPPS members of the Southern Region USA,

I sure am enjoying these cool days of autumn.  Here in southern Louisiana we just recently experienced our first frost.   Hope everyone is getting their “preparations for winter’ projects around the nursery completed.  Winter is not far off.

Pres. Buddy Lee with Past Pres. Tom Saunders at 2013 Annual Meeting

Pres. Buddy Lee with Past Pres. Tom Saunders at 2013 Annual Meeting

I would like to thank the board and the membership for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President for the 2013-2014 term.   It is an honor for me to serve, especially when I realize that most of the top nursery people in our Southeast area have in the past and continue to do so presently, served to make this organization true to its motto, “seek and share”.  As president, my only agenda is to continue to help build this organization not only for the present but also the next generation of horticulturist.  I believe for an organization to be successful, it takes commitment from every member, every board member and every future member.

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