Mar 24, 2017
Denver to Host 2017 PPA Symposium

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) will meet for its 35th Annual Perennial Plant Symposium and Trade Show in Denver, Colorado, July 23-28.

The 2017 symposium will bring together western region experts like rock garden guru Panayoti Kelaidis, steppe specialist Michael Bone and western garden design expert Lauren Springer Ogden to share dry garden techniques.

The cannabis and hemp industries will be discussed with local experts Duane Sinning and Kerrie Badertscher. Attendees will also hear from Stephanie Cohen, Tony Avent, Brent Heath and Paul Pilon as well as some new voices in the industry including Shannon Currey, Joseph Tychonovich and Brie Arthur.

In addition to a lecture schedule and trade show, the symposium includes a selection of tours of perennial growers and retailers in the area like Gulley Greenhouse, Center Greenhouse, Welby Gardens, Tagawa Nursery and Nick’s Garden Center and Farm Market, among others.

PPA symposium attendees will have the opportunity to visit both campuses of the Denver Botanic Garden and enjoy a special dinner in the gardens. Additional opportunities will include tours of the private gardens of Panayoti Kelaidis, Rob Proctor, Lucette Larkin and Rod Haenni.

The symposium will conclude with an optional day trip to Vail to visit the Betty Ford Alpine Garden and enjoy an alpine walk with fellow hortiholics including Panayoti and other regional experts.

Learn more about this year’s Perennial Plant Symposium and register online at

Early bird registration pricing is available through June 1.



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