Hello Landscapers and Designers,
This July the Perennial Plant Association is bringing its annual Symposium to Vancouver. There will be five days of tours and two days of lectures from July 21st to July 27th. The PPA Symposium moves around North America every year, comes to Canada once every seven years and was last in Vancouver in 1993. This year represents an exciting opportunity for professionals in our region to experience a once-every-two-decade event that promises incredible professional development, networking and inspiration. The PPA is one of those places where I go to to get my edge to run my business. I hope you'll have a look at the Symposium and decide to attend. Your business and our local industry can only be made better for it!
Lectures: We have an exciting line-up of over 30 local, regional and international speakers. Don't miss:
Flora Grubb from Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco -- If you don't know who Flora is yet you'd best check out her website and register yourself for her talk. Flora doesn't really speak, preferring to focus on her business and her family, but she is making waves in retail and design in her home town and is going to share with us her ideas about engaging the public with plants and gardens.
Dan Hinkley is a popular speaker and one of the most famous modern day plant explorers. You never want to miss Dan when he's giving a talk. He's hilarious and filled with exciting stories about his travels and the cool plants he's discovered for introduction into horticulture.
Tom Hobbs, our very own, will be giving us a glimpse into his new project -- his country estate in Langley called Bel'Occhio. Learn about his vision for this new property and how it differs from the approach he took for his famous Jewel Box Garden in Point Grey.
David Culp will be speaking about the Layered Garden. His ideas about perennial planting will surprise and delight you with the possibilities for your own design work.
Brian Minter will be presenting on two topics. First, on the past and the history of BC horticulture showing is where we've come from. Then he'll speak on the future, something we all need to really think about in these changing times.
Tours: You might think you've seen it all in our region but our five days of tours are designed to wow the locals as well as those from far away. All of our tours are packed with unique opportunities including viewing private gardens and meeting with the principals of diverse projects around Vancouver. In many cases you couldn't organize these opportunities on your own. Plus, how about going "plant hunting" on Whistler Mountain with Dan Hinkley? You can't beat that. Sign up soon because that tour is going to sell out.
Trade Show: The trade show will highlight vendors from both near and far. What they have in common is an incredible selection of intriguing perennials that will help set your projects apart.
And More: There will be lots of opportunities for networking at dinners, on cruises and all around the conference. The PPA is a fun and friendly group and you'll not only get great professional development but you'll also have a great time.
For more information and registration please visit www.perennialplant.org. The early bird deadline is July 1st. You can also save money if you become a member! Please register soon as spaces are beginning to fill up and let your colleagues know about this great event.
Owner, Phoenix Perennials
Canadian Director, Perennial Plant Association