President's Message

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Do you feel excitement building? We are on the final countdown to #PPARaleigh2018!


We have had a flurry of registrations since the last newsletter with more people registering by the day. If you haven’t registered yet there is still time!  Feel free to peruse our e-brochure, then register - and be sure to rally your colleagues to join you in Raleigh! Tours, talks, connecting with colleagues, the ever-popular Plant Forum and social activities too!


I look forward to the PPA conference every year for the tremendous educational value, the idea generating and the overall re-charging of my energy. There is amazing synergy when you get a couple hundred passionate plant nerds together! The result is like a Chlorophyllic Love Fest! 


There would be no PPA Symposia if it were not for the work of the local site committee. They have volunteered their time and energy, to share their world with you, the PPA family. They have dedicated hours to finding the best private gardens, routing buses, finding sponsors and top notch speakers, fine-tuning the scheduling and sequence of events (notice the tours are in the morning?) and orchestrated a long list of details to make it an educational and enjoyable experience for all.   


A huge Thank You to:

• Chair: Mr. Tony Avent

• Alex Stanley

• Arlene Calhoun

• Bobby Mottern

• Bobby Ward

• Hilary Nichols

• Dana Massey

• David Hoffman

• Doug Ruhren

• Gretchen Sedaris

• Jill Hoffman

• John Hoffman

• Kata Wallace

• Lauri Lawson

• Pam Beck

• Sandy Horn

• Tony Avent

• Mark Weathington

• Leanne Kenealy


Please join me in thanking them for all they have done for the PPA family!


Foundation Silent Auction: Another call to action to bring items for the auction. There’s always something on the table for everyone. Remember, the funds go to support student scholarships. Can’t make the Symposium and still want to donate? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


As members you are our eyes and ears...see or hear something worthy of sharing with membership? Send the news/articles or video links to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can include it in a future newsletter.


Young Plant producers must always be a couple of steps ahead of the pack, so remember to get your orders in for PPA Plant Of the Year 2019 Stachys ‘Hummelo’! Vernalization is necessary, so do not delay!


Even as we prepare for #PPARALEIGH 2018, the local site team in Chicago is working on the 2019 program, but 2020 is still undetermined. In the last issue, I called out for National Symposium in 2020 – where do we go? We are still looking at options. Please let us know if you would like us to come to your region.


Hope to see you all soon down in Raleigh!


All the best -

Janet Draper, PPA President
Smithsonian Institution
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