I attend a bunch of meetings every year; however, there is one meeting that really shines as a "grower's meeting," the International Plant Propagators Society-Southern Region Meeting. This is one of the best meetings out there for growers (especially woody plant and tree growers) to get involved with. The series of talks and tours don't just cover propagation but many aspects of growing plants. Every meeting has a ton of useful information, not to mention all the great contacts you will meet. This year the Southern Region meeting will be in Tampa (Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel) on Oct. 11-14th. This meeting will also host an international delegation of nursery folk from around the world.
As hosts to this prestigious event, I am looking for nurseries to sponsor some aspect of the meetings and tours. There are certain perks for those who commit to a sponsorship. We already have our tour destinations picked out and are starting to line up educational speakers for the meetings. If you would like to show your industry peers from the southern region, and around the world, a great time in our backyard by sponsoring the meeting, please call Shawn at the Extension office 813-744-5519 ex. 54147.
I also would like to showcase our area a little better by opening up more nurseries to the faculty, growers, and garden managers in attendance that will be here before and after the meetings. If you would like to open up your nursery for folks to informally drop by and have a look around (have your current availability list ready), I will have two slots for you to pick. Saturday 10/10/15 from 13:00-17:00 and/or Wednesday 10/14/15 from 13:00-16:00. You could even do both. This is a great way to gain some exposure for your nursery with other industry professionals in the southeast. If you would like to be an informal host site also call Shawn at Extension or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm times and dates.