Propagators' society to tackle sudden oak death, growing media and more

'Making the plants fit the market' is the theme this year for the International Plant Propagators Society's annual conference that takes place between 8 and 11 October.

Coping with sudden oak death, developments in growing media and the cost of innovation are some of the topics which will be discussed during the four day conference at the Green Lawns Hotel in Falmouth, Cornwall.

The Eden Project's Ian Martin will give the keynote speech on the Wednesday evening. The National Trust's Ian Wright will describe how Phytophthora has given a "wake-up call" to the industry and Ros Smith from the Duchy College will discuss how micropropagation has been used to rescue plants at risk from P. ramorum.

Recipients of Mary Hellier Scholarship awards Laura Liverman of Walberton Nursery and Kew student Joseph Atkins will be giving presentations on the projects they carried out using the funding.

There will be a chance to visit Tresco Abbey Gardens by helicopter, the Eden Project propagators Watering Lane Nursery, National Trust garden Tressilick, Pine Lodge Nursery & Gardens, Tregrehan Garden in Par and Fox Rosehill Gardens.

For further information contact Claire Shaddick on cshaddick@aol.com.


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