Regional Symposium

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In fulfillment of a mission to offer outreach education, the PPA offers regional symposia in locations throughout the PPA membership locations.  Past events were hosted in Dallas, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; Chicagoland, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Boston, Massachusetts; Baltimore, Maryland; the Twin Cities, Minnesota; Massachusetts Horticulture Center; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Central Regional Symposium

"Perennials for Pollinators"

FEBRUARY 3, 2018, The Morton Arboretum

The Perennial Plant Association and The Morton Arboretum teamed up to offer a day-long symposium entitled, ‘Plants for Pollinators.’ Some of the best writers and most knowledgeable experts in the business gathered. Horticulture professionals and garden enthusiasts met well-known authors, discover great plants, and got ideas and inspiration for the 2018 growing season.

Presenters included:

  • Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife, University of Delaware, and author, Bringing Nature Home
  • Kylee Baumle, author, The Monarch: Saving our Most Loved Butterfly
  • Nina Koziol, garden writer, This Garden Cooks
  • Jack Pizzo, Pizzo and Associates
  • Richard Hawke, Plant Evaluation Manager and Associate Scientist, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville WI

The program was held at the beautiful 1,700-acre grounds of The Morton Arboretum, a world-renowned tree museum and center of research on tree science and tree care.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium

"Perennially Inspired"

FEBRUARY 24, 2018, The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, Baltimore, Maryland

PPA and The Horticultural Society of Maryland present Perennially Inspired! Spend the day immersed in gardening! Join us for this day-long seminar as five horticultural experts share their insight and knowledge about plants and planting. Learn about gardening practices and exchange experiences with your plant-loving peers. 


 Presenters include:

·     James Brown, Owner/Operator, New Moon Nursery

·     Rebecca McMackin, Director of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park

·     Tim Tilghman, Head Gardener, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

·     Melanie Ruckle, Owner, Putnam Hill Nursery 

·     Kelly Norris, Director of Horticulture, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Click here to download the "Perennially Inspired" flyer with additional event details and speaker information.

Online registration has now closed. 

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Symposium FAQ

Where are regional symposiums held?
The Perennial Plant Association is composed of seven regions in North America. Each year there are multiple locations where a regional symposium will be hosted.

Who can attend?
Regional Symposia are open to both members and non-members of the Perennial Plant Association.

Why should I attend?
The regional symposia are joint hosted by another group in the location where the symposium is being held. This provides attendees an added opportunity to learn from experts in the perennial industry.

Where do I register and how much is the cost for attending?
Registration for a Regional Symposium is available several months in advance, and notification will be made when registration is open. Program and registration information is posted on the PPA website and PPA members also receive a program mailing. Symposium registration fees vary with the activity offered.


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