October 31, 2021
President's Message

The IPPS-SR family is filled with some of the greatest individuals in the green industry. I am both humbled and full of pride for the trust placed in me as your president for the upcoming year. Our recently concluded Mobile, AL conference was a great success. We all celebrated a joyful “seek and share” reunion of growers, researchers, and sponsors-friends and family, all.

Each year, IPPS-SR extends a chance to learn from industry experts and tour world class nurseries, public gardens and applied science research areas during the annual meeting. Travelling to a different part of the southeastern US every year, attendees are introduced to practical and diverse aspects of horticulture. Make plans now to attend the 2022 IPPS-SR annual meeting in Athens, GA October 24-28, 2022.

The mission of IPPS globally is to connect plant production professionals in a meaningful way, no matter your experience level. The Southern Region offers special benefits to students including FREE MEMEBERSHIP in addition to the annual Vivian Munday Scholarships and Charlie Parkerson Student Research Competition.

The newest initiative of the Southern Region IPPS was the creation of the Margie Jenkins Industry Scholarship Award. This was established in 2021 to honor the legacy of Ms. Margie, a long time IPPS SR member, fellow, and Meadows award recipient. This scholarship will be awarded to a first-time attendee working in the green industry. The recipient will receive a complimentary full registration to the meeting. We look forward to offering this opportunity for the Athens 2022 meeting. Please encourage anyone you know to apply next year!

Young professionals are afforded a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through the Early Career International Exchange Program. Members 35 years and younger are encouraged to apply for this annual professional development experience and learn from nursery professionals abroad.

IPPS membership offers many unique advantages for green industry professionals. Browse the proceedings for valuable information and discover how to grow your business by learning from the experts who attend the annual meeting. The tours provide an up-close-and-personal look into how other facilities operate, while the educational sessions deliver technical information and opportunities to expand your market. Most importantly, the network of IPPS Southern Region members will open a world of opportunities. We welcome you to join IPPS SR today! Click here to become a member.

Sincerely,

Bobby Green