Perennial Plant Association Symposium to Tackle Sustainability and the Supply Chain

Green Industry Sustainability will be addressed at the Perennial Plant Association’s Souther Region Symposium.

Green Industry Sustainability will be addressed at the Perennial Plant Association’s Souther Region Symposium.

The Perennial Plant Association's (PPA) Southern Region Symposium is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 at the Embassy Suites in the Dallas Market Center. The all-day event is an excellent opportunity for designers, landscapers, growers and retailers to address the impact of extreme weather conditions and sustainability challenges  across each area of the wholesale plant and landscaping industry.

Local Plant Source President and Cofounder Zac Tolbert will talk about how resource scarcity, sustainability, and new buyer demographics are shifting plant demand in the landscape industry supply chain. He will also speak about the solutions and opportunities those changes are creating for businesses.

Other speakers and topics include:

  • Peace Tree Farm Owner Lloyd Traven, who will speak about chemical-free growing and bio-controls;
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Associate Professor of Horticulture Dr. Jared Barnes, who will share his list of most 'thrivable' perennials;
  • Texas Tech University Horticulture Professor Dr. Cynthia B. McKenney, on creating sustainable color in landscapes;
  • Leslie Halleck of Halleck Horticultural, LLC, who will discuss restoration ecology and industry marketing strategies that touch sustainability trends; and
  • Dallas Arboretum Director of Horticulture Jenny Wegley, who will discuss the new PPA Perennial Trials program.

The Symposium takes place Oct. 5 in Dallas. Registration is $99 for PPA members and $110 for non-members. Attendees are eligible to receive 6 CEUS from the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. For more information, visit the PPA website or contact Leslie Halleck at info@lesliehalleck.com.

We hope to see you there!