2019 Eastern Region Annual Conference: Madison, Wisconsin

16 October 2019 - 19 October 2019


Register online HERE
or download a registration form 

Come to the U.S. Heartland to learn the latest on propagation, production, and new plant breeding from industry leaders. IPPS Eastern Region conference tours will visit major propagation and production nurseries, botanical gardens, and corporate landscape designs across southern Wisconsin.The educational program as well as the tours will demonstrate the diversity and resilience of the plants and people that live and work in what can be a challenging climate. 

Pre-Conference Tour: Wednesday, October 16

  • Johnson’s Nursery
  • Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
  • Boerner Botanical Gardens
  • Agrecol Native Seed & Plant Nursery 

Two Days of Afternoon Conference Tours
Thursday, October 17:

  • University of Wisconsin Arboretum
  • Epic Systems
  • The Allen Centennial Garden

Friday, October 18:

  • McKay Nursery
  • J.W. Jung Seed Company
  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Poster Session
The Poster Session showcases plant production research as well as practical or new propagation or production ideas. Consider preparing a poster on cool things you do in your company, some new production or propagation process or a new piece of equipment. We have a step by step guide to help you through the process: HERE. We’ll even print the poster for you and get it to the conference – doesn’t get easier than that! Check out details on the poster registration form HERE

Conference Auctions
Help us make this year's silent and live auctions a success as well as a great time! Whether you can attend the conference in Madison or not, your contribution of items for the auction are needed. Unique, new and rare plants are especially welcomed. Non-plant items such as books, caps, artwork, gift certificates or something special from your hometown or business make great contributions as well. HERE for more. Please log in your donations prior to the conference!

New Plant Forum
Consider presenting a plant(s) in the New Plant Forum in Madison! This can either be a new introduction, or an existing cultivar or species which you feel is underappreciated and wish to draw attention to. If you are unable to attend, but still wish to contribute, Moderator Charles Tubesing will present your plant for you. If you have plants to present, Charles needs your PowerPoint slides by October 4Ctubesing@holdenfg.org.

Time to Connect and Unwind
IPPS conferences afford you the time to connect with old friends, make new ones and learn from each other.After a full day Pre-Conference Tour, the Welcome Reception brings the group together on Wednesday evening for drinks and appetizers before heading out to dinner at one of the many restaurants in walking distance from the hotel. Join a membership committee group or make your own!

After a long, enjoyable day of learning and touring on Thursday, you can relax in a unique microbrewery.Giant Jones Brewing Company has a whole spectrum of beer varieties on tap, and there is the option to order in food delivery from nearby restaurants. At the start of the conference, there will be a sign-up sheet for carpooling or walking buddies.

Join the friendly competition of the Silent Auction during the morning sessions Thursday and Friday then up the ante at the Live Auction that is part of our banquet Friday evening.You’ll also find time to connect during coffee breaks, poring over posters, on the tour buses and during our cocktail hour Friday night.You just never know where those connections might lead! 

Our host hotel is the newly renovated Park Hotel, the only hotel on Madison’s Capitol Square in downtown Madison.  There are dozens of unique local restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the hotel - always a perk for attendees.  The hotel also features complimentary 24/7 airport shuttle.  Our IPPS group room rate is $159 for a traditional room with one or two beds, $169 for a deluxe room with one or two beds and $239 for a suite.   Book your room HERE by September 20th to get our group rate or call 608-285-8000 and mention "IPPS Eastern Region".   UPDATE 9/21:  Our hotel block is filled and rooms are no longer available at our group rate.  Please search your favorite travel site for a hotel location and price range that works for you.

Our Sponsors
Thanks to our generous sponsors!  Scroll down to see the complete list and visit their websites. Interested in sponsoring this event?  Click HERE.