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34th Perennial Plant Symposium
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The PPA Symposium is THE yearly national symposium devoted entirely to perennials. Enjoy learning about and observing perennials, gardens, and production facilities. Best of all, you'll network with the best in the industry.

8/1/2016 to 8/5/2016
When: Monday, August 1, 2016
Where: Host Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton In Bloomington
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55439
United States
Contact: Perennial Plant Association
614-771-8431

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Participate in one or all of the events planned for the week!

Monday, August 1

Choose from 3 Outstanding Programs:
‘Perennial Primer’ Full-day Seminar
• Enhance Your Landscape With Container Gardens
• Tried and True Perennials for Minnesota
• Garden Design Enhanced by Ecology and Place
• A Look at New Perennials
• Best Flowering Plants to Attract Pollinators
• Catch the Wave with Ornamental Grasses
Land of 10,000 Lakes Water Management Tour
Tour public and private sites that illustrate wise water use
and management: • Burwell House • Heritage Park • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization • Webber Park Natural Swimming Pool • 7-sigma Industries • 37th Avenue Greenway
Mill City Minneapolis Tour
Landscape tour includes Tangletown Gardens LLC and several private gardens.


Tuesday, August 2
Lectures and Trade Show
• Minnesota Plant Ecology
• Research at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab
• Landscape Plants for Water Management
Grower Session
• Organic Production of Ornamentals
• IPM - Tricks of the Trade
• How to Make a Production Change
Retail Session
• Define Your Identity - Develop Your Brand and Spread the Word
• Special Events and Seminars to Drive Traffic
• Retail Fresh Idea Swap
Design Session

• Maintenance Free Aspect of Gravel Gardening
• Design Based on Maintenance Requirements
• Implementing the Design


Tuesday Evening, August 2
Farm to Table Dinner – optional evening program
Join your PPA pals and peers for an evening at Tangletown Gardens farm showcasing their production techniques for ornamentals, vegetables and animals. Later enjoy a multi-course farm dinner.


Wednesday, August 3: Choose from 3 Tours
Landscape Design Tour
• Noerenberg Memorial Gardens
• Lyndale Park Gardens
• Three Private Gardens
• Tour and Dinner at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Grower Tour
• Bachman’s Wholesale Nursery
• Bailey Nurseries
• Donahue’s Greenhouse
• Twin Orchards Nursery
• Tour and Dinner at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Garden Center Tour
• Bachman’s Garden Center
• Kelley and Kelley Nursery
• Otten Brothers Garden Center
• Sunnyside Gardens
• Tonkadale Greenhousess
• Tour and Dinner at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

 

Thursday, August 4
Lectures and Trade Show
• Latest Trends in the Green Industry
• New Plant Forum: Meet the New Perennials in the Industry
• Little Bluestem and Switch Grass Research Update
•  Is It Better or Just New?
• 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™
• Moving Beyond Pretty - Plants With Bonus Points
• Containers for All Seasons

 

Friday, August 5
Tour of Capitol City Landscapes

• Garden at St. Paul Hotel

• Como Park Conservatory

• Highland Nursery

• Four private gardens

 

East Metro Retail Experience Tour

• Squire House Gardens

• My Sister's Garden

• Funkie Gardens

• Abrahamson Nursery

• Landscape Alternatives


More information and registration can be found at the Perennial Plant Association.

 

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