*Wednesday pre-conference tour to Flagstaff Arboretum plus a local favorite stop at the Rock Springs Cafe

*Confirmed speakers:

Mike Evans-Tree of Life Nursery

Dr. Ursula Schuch- University of Arizona

Dr. Jean Stutz- Arizona State University

Kelly Murray Young- University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Diego Martinez- VanBelle Nurseries

Dr. Josekutty Puthiyaparambil-Birdwood Nursery AUS

Dr. David Kopec- University of Arizona

Abe Casillas- Arizona Cannabis Society

*Local Nursery Tours and Botanic Gardens

Desert Tree Farm

Desert Botanical Garden

Arid Zone Trees

Zvida Growers

Arizona Wholesale

Greenfield Citrus

*Saturday post-conference tour to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson


OCTOBER 19-22, 2016

The 57th IPPS Western Region Annual Meeting will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona. The local planning committee is busy organizing a great and educational conference. Prepare to be busy and prepare to learn extensive knowledge of everything Arizona has to offer!

The tours and talks are set to educate our society about the “different point of view” Arizona has to the propagation of plants. We have entirely different processes because of our different climates. Yes, we have a rather large Sonoran Desert in our borders, but that is not all. We have mountains, and snow, and rivers, and lakes, pines, and cactus, ranches, farms, and yes, we have grass. Drop your pre-conceived notions about Arizona and learn along with those who know it best.
The Venue

The Tempe Mission Palms
“A timeless tradition in the heart of Tempe”
Centered between our many stops and tours, the perfect place to meet and have meetings and within walking distance to at least 50 restaurants and attractions.
The block of rooms has been reserved at $169+ per night. Please call 800-547-8705 to reserve your space and identify yourself as part of the IPPS group. The deadline for this rate is 9/28.

The best and easiest way to get to the hotel is to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It is a busy hub that services most airlines. From there a 10 minute hotel shuttle ride (available from 5:30am-10:30pm; 480-894-1400) gets you to the hotel. If you choose to rent a car, there are multiple shuttles to get you to the rental car site.


Tuesday 10/18
4:00pm Executive Board Meeting (Augustine)

Exhibitor, Poster, and Silent Auction Set-up

Wednesday 10/19– Pre-Conference Tour
7:00am Breakfast on your own
Pre-conference tour to Arboretum of Flagstaff visiting different biomes
boxed lunches from local cafe and stop at Rock Springs Cafe for pie
*Registration (in lobby all day)
5:00pm Return to hotel
6:00pm Welcome reception -cash bar with appetizers (Courtyard)
7:00pm Dinner on your own

Thursday 10/20
*Registration (Abbey courtyard)
*Silent Auction (Abbey)
*Poster Session (Abbey)
*Exhibitors (Abbey)

7:00am Full Buffet Breakfast (Cloister)
8:00am Emilie’s Welcome and Introduction (Abbey)
8:10am Dharam’s Introduction and President’s Message and
lead into Annual Business Meeting with Gail

8:45am Moderator introduction of first speaker
9:00-9:30am Mike Evans
9:30-10:00am Diego Martinez
10:00-10:30am Dr. Josekutty Puthiyaparambil
10:30-11:00 Abe Casillas
11:30pm Load buses with boxed lunches
1:00-2:00 Zvida Growers
2:30-3:30pm Arid Zone Trees
4:00-5:00pm Greenfield Citrus
6:00 pm Return to hotel
7:00pm Peer led dinner on your own
7:00pm Executive committee meeting (Augustine)

Friday 10/21
*Registration (Abbey courtyard)
*Silent Auction (Abbey)
*Posters (Abbey)
*Exhibitors (Abbey)
7:00am Full Buffet Breakfast (Cloister)
7:00am President’s Breakfast (Courtyard)
8:00am Moderator (Abbey)
8:15-8:45am Dr. Jean Stutz
8:45-9:15am Dr. Ursula Schuch
9:15-9:45am Kelly Young
9:45-10:15am Dr. David Kopec
10:15-10:30am Refreshment break
10:30-10:45am Patrick Watt
10:45-11:00am Exchange worker Tony Shireman
11:00-11:15am Portland Meeting Introduction Patrick Peterson
11:45am Load buses, boxed lunches on the bus
1:00-2:00pm Desert Tree Farm
2:30-3:30pm AZ Wholesale
4:30-5:30pm Desert Botanical Garden
6:00pm Return to hotel
*End of Silent Auction and Exhibitors
7:00pm Cash bar reception and live music (Abbey patio)
7:30pm Banquet (Abbey)

Saturday 10/22-Post-Conference Tour
7:00am Breakfast on your own or continental in courtyard
8:00am Depart for Tucson
10:00am Tour Sonoran Desert Museum and Lunch
6pm Return to hotel

Tour Information

Pre-Conference Tour: The Arboretum at Flagstaff
The Arboretum at Flagstaff was founded by Frances McAllister in 1981 as a private nonprofit organization under the official name “The Transition Zone Horticultural Institute.” While research was the original primary focus, over the years it has become known as a destination for local and out-of-town visitors who want to learn more about the native plants and animals found in northern Arizona, and as a wonderful venue for a wide variety of events and educational programs.

Thursday Local Tours:

Zvida Growers
We specialize in drought-tolerant Trees, Shrubs & Groundcovers. Our new 16 acre facility in Queen Creek, Arizona is equipped with advanced climate control technology allowing us to propagate superior
quality liners. There is no better place than Arizona to insure a hardy start for all varieties of drought-tolerant plants.
Arid Zone Trees
Since 1982 the Southwest’s premiere landscape architects and developers have relied on Arid Zone Trees to supply premium quality, desert adapted landscape trees to their projects. AZT is exclusively committed to growing and marketing trees that complement the intrinsic beauty and diversity of the Desert Southwest. We currently have in production 59 species of trees and are continually evaluating trees from other deserts of the world for new species that will be in harmony with and enhance our unique natural surroundings. At our nursery, located on 160 acres, in Mesa, Arizona, we grow trees in 24″/25gal, 36″, and 48″ box sizes. With an inventory of over 90,000 trees, AZT offers its clients unparalleled selection of uniform trees in each box size grown.
Greenfield Citrus
Located in the fertile and historic Lehi Valley area, this property was first farmed by the Hohokam Indians.  Through the years, we have developed this land into one of the most complete citrus nurseries in the Southwest.  We continue to improve our plant quality and variety selection for the residents in the Salt River Valley.
Currently we have over 50 varieties in different stages of development.

Friday Local Tours:

Desert Tree Farm
Desert Tree Farm has been propagating, cultivating and growing native arid plants since the early 1970’s. Our job is to provide retailers, landscape contractors, and landscape architects with healthy container grown trees, shrubs and groundcovers ready to be set into the landscape. In addition to our native arid specialties, we carry a full range of landscape plants suited to the Southern Arizona horticultural environment.

Arizona Wholesale Growers
AWG opened in 1982 and now operates on more than 100 acres in North Phoenix and Camp Verde. As a wholesale grower, we sell to landscapers, wholesale and retail nurseries, resorts and golf courses, as well as municipalities and developers. We grow plants sized from 2″ liners to 48″ box trees, in a range of varieties designed to create and landscape from start to finish in a multitude of design styles. Although we have the largest selection of cacti and succulents in the valley in various sizes, we also grow ornamental shrubs and trees to supply any residential or commercial project. Our superior hybrid Palo Verdes, the Sonoran Emerald, the Palo Rojo, and our new hybrid mesquite, the Crown Jewel have proven to be very popular with low maintenance and will enhance any landscape.

Desert Botanical Garden
For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.
Post-Conference Tour: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems). This represents a significant achievement, as the Museum’s collections and size are smaller than many of its counterparts. Not a “museum” in the usual sense, it is an unparalleled composite of plant, animal, and geologic collections with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued.

Speakers and Topics
Mike Evans
Tree of Life Nursery, President
San Juan Capistrano, California
Documenting Your Nursery’s Best Management Practices for Plant Diseases

Diego Martinez
Van Belle Nursery Inc., Operations Manager, Young Plants Division
Abbotsford, BC, Canada
The Use of Parboiled Rice Hulls as Mulch Material for Weed Control on Ornamental Crop Production

Dr. Josekutty Puthiyaparambil
Birdwood Nursery, Tissue Culture Laboratory Manager
Queensland, Australia
Micropropagation of Australian Native Ornamental Grevilleas

Abe Casillas
Arizona Cannabis Society, Grower
Phoenix, Arizona
Propagation Methods of Cannabis Sativa for Commercial Production

Dr. Jean Stutz

Dr. Ursula Schuch
University of Arizona, School of Plant Sciences, Extension Specialist/Professor
Tucson, Arizona
Dealing with Witches Broom in Palo Verde in the Nursery

Kelly Young

Assistant Agent, Horticulture at the University of Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
Dr. David Kopec
University of Arizona, School of Plant Sciences, Specialist
Tucson, Arizona
Native Grasses for Turf Groundcovers

*Banquet Speaker-Greg Starr
Greg Starr was born in Tucson, Arizona and is the author of two books, Cool Plants for Hot Gardens and Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers. Greg has written several horticultural articles about landscape plants for the journal Desert Plants. He travels throughout the desert southwest and Mexico in search of new plants that can be used in xeric landscapes. Greg lectures at various venues throughout the west primarily on unique desert landscape plants and the fabulously sculptural agaves. Greg spends most of his days tapping at the computer hoping another book will take shape, preparing PowerPoint presentations and tending to Starr Nursery, specializing in cacti and agaves. He and his four legged pal Nikki spend many hours in the nursery potting up agaves and other cool plants, chasing rabbits, and napping on the soil pile.


Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

You and your organization can be recognized as a leader and supporter of the nursery industry at this year’s conference. Depending upon the level of sponsorship, you and your organization will be recognized in a variety of ways. Please direct any questions to: Melanie Miller at MMiller@obcnw.com or Emilie Speciale emilies@deserttreefarm.com

Silent Auction
Contact Susan Chase at schase@azda.gov to donate to the auction held Wednesday to Friday evening. This year the auction will be held in the same space as the lectures. Members and non-members will be able to browse the items quickly in between lectures.

Poster Session/New Plants Forum
This event brings together educators, researchers, professionals and students in the field of plant propagation and related disciplines. Any research, development, or horticultural practice about plant propagation or plant production is appropriate as long as it is non-commercial in nature. Posters do not have to be academic or scientific in nature! If you have an innovative technique or method for growing plants, feel free to share it through a poster. Membership in IPPS is not required. Please submit application and summary to: Larry A. Rupp, Plants, Soils, and Climate Department, Utah State University. larry.Rupp@usu.edu

Nuggets of Knowledge
A favorite of every meeting and everyone, this is your opportunity to give a very small and quick speech on the little things that make your job easy or interesting or fun. Could be anything from how you accidentally found a good way to clean seed or how you use a specific computer program to plan new irrigation. Can be anything relevant to our industry and very informal. Contact emilies@deserttreefarm.com for more information.

Lots and lots going on from finalizing tours and speakers to thinking about goodies to put in registration bags.  I’m always thinking of Arizona items for you to bring home to remember this conference and I don’t mean a sunburn.  Sunscreen anyone?!

Registration is not available yet because we still have items to work out in the program and budget.  Just keep those dates in mind, October 19-22!

We are also working on finding just the right banquet speaker for Friday night.  Lots of intelligent and desert knowledgable people to choose from that we would love to hear about their research and adventures.