2015 International Tour


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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.


IPPS Student Research Competition

Student Comp Final

Recognition for Quality Research

The most highly respected organization of nurserymen in the southern United States of America is offering two awards for original research results pertinent to the production of horticultural crops in the southern USA.  Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in any university, junior, community, or four-year colleges are eligible.  Research paper titles are due 17 August and papers are due by  5 September 2015.  Two students will be selected to present oral presentations and four students for poster presentations at the meeting.  In past years, the student’s have reported on several aspects of horticulture – macro and micropropagation, rooting hormones, new substrates, herbicide movement in runoff water, and weed control in nursery production.

This year’s meeting will be October 10-14, 2015, in Tampa, FL.  Two awards, $1000 and $500, will be given to first and second place papers, respectively.  This is a great opportunity for students to present their research and meet many of the leading growers in the Southeast.  In addition, the society awards a travel grant up to $500 for each student presenting an oral presentation.  Also, four student papers will be selected for poster presentations at the meeting. Poster winners will receive a $500 travel grant to the meeting.

For additional details and submission information, please check these two documents.

Competition Cover Letter

Rules of Submission

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.

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