Perennial Plant Association Southern Symposium to Discuss Sustainability Issues

Register Now for the Oct. 7 Conference in Dallas

A field of dahlias. Photo from Pixabay.

A field of dahlias. Photo from Pixabay.

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA)  Southern Symposium is right around the corner! Landscape designers and contractors, plant growers, garden center retailers and others can benefit from attending the Oct. 7 conference, which will focus on landscape sustainability issues and navigating extreme weather conditions.

The 2nd Annual Southern Symposium takes place at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden's Rosine Hall. Seating is limited, so those who want to attend should register today, or by Oct. 3 at the latest. 

The day will start with speaker Andrea DeLong-Amaya, the director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, who will discuss native perennial plants and their different uses in the landscape. Attendees will also get an update on Rose Rosette disease from Texas A & M University Associate Professor and Plant Pathologist Dr. Kevin Ong and hear from Susan Martin, the owner of Gardener Sue's News, about perennial plant benefits that go beyond eye candy, and how to market those benefits to customers and clients. Jenny Wegley, the botanical garden's director of horticulture, will give a lunchtime tour of the tripeaceal gardens. Afterward, Peace Tree Farm Owner Lloyd Traven will share his knowledge of the difference between and meaning of sustainabile, organic, Certified Organic and other gardening labels. The day will finish with Kelly Norris, the author of Plants With Style and the director of horticulture at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, discussing stylish plant alternatives. 

Industry Continuing Education Units are Available from the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the National Association of Landscape Professionals. 

The cost to attend is $99 for PPA members, $50 for industry students and $149 for non-members. Symposium sponsors include Local Plant Source, Halleck Horticultural, North Haven Gardens, Living Earth, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Eason Horticultural Resources Inc. and Southwest Perennials Inc. More more information, contact Leslie Halleck at 

The Perennial Plant Association also has regional symposiums in or near Columbus, Baltimore, Chicago and Boston. For more information on those symposiums and other events, visit