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IPPS Annual Meeting 2019 speaker profile: Monday, October 14th - Steve Castorani

IPPS Annual Meeting 2019 speaker profile: Monday, October 14th - Steve Castorani

Monday, October 14th 2019 Annual Meeting Speaker Preview

Steve Castorani
CEO and President of North Creek Nurseries

PROGRAM DETAILS: Growing Greener: Production Opportunities for Nurseries

Nurseries have exciting opportunities to grow and market plants that provide ecosystem services. Plant based solutions are driving storm water management and habitat regeneration. These markets offer growers new and expanded uses for their products. Steve will explore how layered design concepts, green mulch techniques, as well offering plant varieties for pollinators and habitat enhancement are driving this movement. Learn how to work with municipalities, landscape architects, designers, and retailers to increase your plant sales into this expanding market.

BIO: Steve Castorani is the co-Founder and CEO of North Creek Nurseries, Inc., a progressive nursery business specializing in perennial, fern, vine, and ornamental grass plug production with an emphasis on Eastern regional native species and their cultivars. In 2004, Steve co-created the American Beauties Native Plant® brand, which distributes plants to independent garden centers throughout the eastern, southern and midwestern regions of the US. Steve also co-owns Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Peggy, a business they established in 1985. Steve is a past president of the International Plant Propagator’s Society. He was awarded the honor of Society Fellow in 2005 and became the recipient of the society’s most prestigious Award of Merit in 2012. He currently acts as their alternate International Delegate. Steve is also a current member of the AmericanHort Board of Directors. In the past, Steve served two years as President of the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association, and has served on the Delaware Invasive Species Council, developing guidelines for the implementation of an invasive species policy for the state.