2019 Western Region Annual Conference

24 September 2019 - 28 September 2019

Registration closed.  Conference fully booked. 

Thank you for the wonderful support!

The 2019 IPPS Western Region Conference will be held in beautiful Northern California at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley at 6001 La Madrona Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

The Hilton has sold out of guest rooms, but we have secured additional rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz Scotts Valley (about 1.7 miles away) at 5030 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, at a rate of $189.00 + tax per night. For reservations, call 888-236-2427 and mention the IPPS Conference. The deadline for reservations at the Four Points by Sheraton is September 2, 2019, so reserve your rooms now!

Come and listen to a great roster of speakers who will provide insights into what is being done in other parts of the US and in different countries. Learn how new plants are discovered and find out how they get introduced into the market, from original concept through development of offshore stock plant production. We will also present the latest in chemical and biological control of diseases and insects.

As we enter a new climatic environment, we will have to rethink how gardens will look in the future. At the end of the sessions, we will have a question-and-answer period to enhance our understand of these topics and how they can be applied to your production operations.

You will not want to miss the 2019 IPPS-Western Region annual conference. We guarantee you will go away with new thoughts on processes and new networking possibilities.

Thanks to the sponsors of our 2019 annual conference. Please scroll down to see the list of our sponsors. Is your company interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at our 2019 conference?  CLICK HERE for full details, contact information, and forms for sponsors and exhibitors.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - TOUR STOPS

Soquel Nursery Growers: A wholesale grower located on 14 acres alongside the beautiful Soquel Creek, Soquel Nursery Growers produces landscape plants suitable for the San Francisco, Monterey Bay, and Santa Rosa areas.

Sakata Seed (Salinas site): Based in Japan, but with two breeding facilities in Northern California, we will get to see the processes involved in creating new seed and vegetative flower varieties. This is a once-in-a-lifetime look behind the scenes.

Lunch sponsored by Sakata Seed.

Floricultura: This is a highly automated greenhouse operation producing orchids. We will have a firsthand view of the systems and processes that help them run this greenhouse with a very minimal staff.

University of California, Santa Cruz: We will visit the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden and see the largest collection of Australian plants outside of Australia.

Evening reception at the hotel (included with registration).

Dinner on your own.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - SPEAKERS

Western Region & New Zealand Region Exchange Fellowship Recipients will highlight their exchange experiences.

Gary Cortes from Flow Vision will help us understand how to eliminate unneeded steps and reduce waste and explain in detail how FlowVision develops processes to provide more efficiency in production operations.

Dr. Ann Chase of Chase Research, and Dr. Karen Robb and Jan Hall of Target Specialty Products, will give us insight from their research and experience on the most effective chemical and biological techniques for controlling plant pathogens and insects.

Douglas Justice, IPPS-Western Region Second Vice President, will preview the 2020 IPPS International Tour in Washington State and British Columbia and the 2020 IPPS-Western Region Annual Meeting.

Cliff Beumel of Agromillora will discuss paper membrane systems used in AG Nurseries.

Danny Takao of Takao Nursery will present "Plants to the People."

Randy Baldwin, President of San Marcos Growers, will present “New Australian Plants for California Gardens with a Focus on Lomandra".

Chuck Pavlich, new plant director for Terra Nova Nurseries, will give us insight on creating new plants from concept to breeding to commercial introduction.

Dan Hinkley, international plant explorer, will talk about collecting new species from other countries and the obstacles he faces on each plant exploration.

Evening banquet: Dr. Charlie Hall, Professor and Ellison Chair at Texas A&M University, will be the keynote speaker for our annual banquet. Dr. Hall will discuss where the economy is heading both now and in the future.We all need to stay relevant in a quickly changing business environment.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - TOUR STOPS

Gerd Schneider Nursery: Mr. Schneider was born in Germany. He studied and worked in Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland, and then came to the United States to work for the Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation in the early 1950s.He would later start Gerd Schneider Nursery. Initially specializing in grafting and propagation of shrubs and trees, Gerd loved his job and worked until the day of his passing in 2015.

Syngenta Seed: Based in Switzerland, Syngenta Seed is one division among many. They purchased the Goldsmith Seed research facility from the Goldsmith family. We will get a look at seed and flower breeding.

Lunch sponsored by Syngenta.

Kawahara Greenhouses: Kawahara is a third generation, Top 100 greenhouse operation. They produce bedding plants, perennials, succulents, and holiday crops at two production sites. They just completed a new 4-acre, open-roof greenhouse and have installed a new AutoStix sticking machine to help them keep up with millions of cutting stuck throughout the year.

Sakata Seed (Morgan Hill site): Based in Japan, but with two breeding facilities in Northern California, we will get to see the processes involved in creating new seed and vegetative flower varieties. This is a once-in-a-lifetime look behind the scenes.

Dinner: Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, Morgan Hill (included with registration)

Friday, September 27, 2019 - TOUR STOPS

Pajarosa Greenhouses: Started in 1979. Pajarosa Greenhouses were the first to use hydroponics to grow Roses in the United States. They have 15 acres under plastic cover with 500,000 rose bushes producing throughout the year with additional 5 acres of outdoor field flowers.

Four Winds Growers: This fourth-generation nursery operation produces citrus at multiple growing sites. If you ever wondered how citrus is grown from seed to finished product, this is a must-see operation. The Dillon family, owners of the company, have been involved with IPPS for many generations, with Lexa Dillon being our current Director for Northern California.

Berger Mixing Facility: We will get a behind-the-scenes look at how Berger mixes their media for different customers, and learn the details involved in producing a consistent product day in and day out. Their staff will also be on hand to answer any questions about the other peat-based products produced under the Berger brand. Berger will be hosting us for lunch after the tour.

Lunch sponsored by Berger.

Pacific Plug and Liner: This is another Top 100 greenhouse operation and the propagation division for Smith Gardens. We will view their new sticking line with the Growcoon propagation tray and their new ISO robotic sticking machines.

Suncrest Nurseries: One of the oldest Northern California nurseries, Suncrest Nurseries produces a broad line of California natives, Australian, South African, and Mediterranean plants. We will see what it takes to propagate this broad line of plants.

Monterey Bay Nursery: A unique nursery grower of Australian, Mediterranean, and South African flora, Monterey Bay Nursery grows on 50 beautiful acres and lists about 1000 varieties of plants at any one time.

Dinner (included with registration): On Friday evening, we will be hosted by Manual Morales, co-owner of Monterey Bay Nursery, with a California-style barbecue at his home and have the opportunity to enjoy his 7-acre garden.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Alisa Shor, Director, Park Nurseries, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy , will present "Nursery Responses to Phytophthoras in Wildlands."

Dr. Jill Calabro, Science & Research Programs Director for HRI, will speak on the latest research grants and issues affecting our industry.

Richard Anderson from Utah State University will share his adventures collecting cold-hardy native plants from Idaho, Utah, and Colorado.

Raymond van den Berg, International Sales Director for the ISO Group Netherlands, will speak on the latest developments with their robotic sticking machines and automation.

Proptek/Ellepot will provide an update on paper membrane systems in the US.

Winn Carter, California State University, Chico, will speak on his aquaponics project and update us on his research.

George Workman from Kayagene will present "Introduction to Hemp Genetics and Seed."




In keeping with the IPPS motto of “To Seek and To Share”, the Western North America Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society is seeking papers and presentations to be shared at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Santa Cruz, California on September 24-28, 2019.This event will bring together educators, researchers, professionals, and students in the field of plant propagation, plant production, and related disciplines. There are several categories of papers that can be submitted, so there should be a slot for everyone.The categories are:

*Original student research papers

*General papers to be presented as posters

*Nuggets of Knowledge

*New plant material

For full details on all of the categories listed above and to download an application form, CLICK HERE.



Are you coming to the Conference from outside of Northern California? If you want to make it a mini vacation, below are some places and websites to visit to see more of our beautiful Northern California area.

We will be based in the Santa Cruz/ Scotts Valley area. You will be within 1 to 3 hours driving distance from our hotel (depending on the traffic) to:

San Francisco: San Francisco Travel/Visitor Information www.sftravel.com

Napa Valley: Explore the Napa Valley www.napavalley.com

Monterey Bay area: Monterey County Destination Guide www.seemonterey.com

Yosemite National Park: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm

If you are a nursery grower from outside of the area and want to visit nurseries that are not on our conference tours, please contact me (Danny Takao) at dtakao@takaonursery.com and I will see if I can arrange for you to visit their sites.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 conference and hope you meet lots of new friends, connect with old friends, and go away with new insights into running a more profitable operation.


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