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IPPS Eastern Region Area Meeting

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Other Green Industry Events



Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:00am-4:00pm

IPPS Eastern Region Area Meeting
Whiting Forest/Dow Gardens
2203 Eastman Ave., Midland, Michigan 48640

You are invited to spend a day learning from those in the know in the company of other plant enthusiasts.  You will enjoy educational talks plus tours of both Dow Gardens and Whiting Forest. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about LED lighting from Erik Runkle, the LED lighting expert in plant growth, and discuss current trends in the plant production industry with Bob Kuszmaul!  Families are welcome to visit the gardens and forest while we are in sessions. For anyone who wants to stick around once the meeting ends, you and your family are invited to the home of IPPS-ER Board member and meeting organizer, Chuck Martin, for hot dogs and burgers along with yard games.

9:00-9:30       Registration with coffee and donuts.  Meet in Visitor Center first.
9:30-9:45       Welcome by Chuck Martin, Senior Horticulturist, Dow Gardens
9:45-11:30     Tour of the Whiting Forest. The nation’s longest canopy walk, orchard with over 75 varieties of apples, creek restoration project, and much more.
11:30-12:30   Erik Runkle, Michigan State University, Professor / Floriculture Extension Specialist
    Supplemental lighting and use of LEDs during propagation
12:30-1:30     Lunch Break
1:30-2:00       Bob Kuszmaul, owner, D&B Plants, Trends in the nursery/propagation industry.
2:00-4:00       Tour of the Dow Gardens. Experience a dazzling 110-acre display of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees punctuated by distinctive bridges, an award-winning children’s garden, towering pines and delightful water features.

The registration fee of $35 includes the morning break, lunch and admission fees.  Attendee family members may attend for $25 each to include admissions and lunch. 

Questions?  Ask Chuck:  martin@dowgardens.org or call 989 600-2607.

Please copy this form for multiple registrations.