Why IPPS – Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro

Alan Shapiro

Long Lasting Southern Blooms
Gainesville, FL


“How are you reaching a new generation through IPPS membership?”

To better reach the younger generation of members, students and potential new recruits, the IPPS Southern Region Board of Directors suggested doing a blog from the annual meetings (or as soon afterward as practical). The first few years, this job fell to me, and although I was not able to post anything during those meetings, we did come out with a pretty nice report within a short time that was published on line, complete with many pictures. It wasn’t until Brie Arthur came along that we were actually able to keep a daily live report/dialogue going on Facebook with many people submitting photos and comments.

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International Exchange Program

Brie in Prop House

Brienne Gluvna Arthur – 2014 Winner

TO: IPPS-SR Members

In 2014,the European Region hosted one of our members in the exchange program. The trip to Denmark concluded with their annual Conference. The trip dates were in September.

Location for 2015 has yet to be disclosed! Stay tuned. The deadline to return the application below is August 25, 2015.

The opportunity is open to IPPS-SR Members (35 years of age and younger). IPPS will provide $2,000 for travel related expenses. The hosts will provide lodging and most meals.





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


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2015 International Tour Brochure Click to Enter


The 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.


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.