Garden enthusiasts to gather for Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Contact: Paul Winski, 281-855-5600, Paul.Winski@ag.tamu.edu

HOUSTON — Trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, marketing trends, breeding programs and plant trials — all will be discussed by industry experts at the Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12.

The event will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Harris County office, 3033 Bear Creek Road in Houston. Registration is $50 before Sept. 4 and $75 thereafter until Sept. 11. Lunch is included, courtesy of PanAmerican Seed.

“The conference provides the perfect platform for the greenhouse and nursery grower, landscaper, retailer, collector and plant enthusiast to come together for a glimpse at exciting, new plants,” said Paul Winski, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent in Harris County.

Turk's cap blossoms. (Texas A&M AgriLife Photo by Kathleen Phillips)

Turk’s cap blossoms. (Texas A&M AgriLife Photo by Kathleen Phillips)

He noted that an auction will be held at the event for those interested in obtaining some of the plants discussed at the conference. Continuing education units also are available.

Dr. David Creech, Regent’s Professor at Stephen F. Austin University and director of the Mast Arboretum there, will talk about “50 Trees or Shrubs You Shouldn’t Live Without.” Heidi Sheesley, owner of Treesearch Farms in Houston, will discuss “50 Perennials You Can’t Live Without.”

“State of the Green Industry: Current Economic and Marketing Trends” will be the theme for Dr. Marco Palma, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station. Dr. David Byrne, rose and peach breeder for Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station, will talk about the “innovation process” in his program.

Saima Husain, PanAmerican Seed product representative, will talk about his company’s new varieties. Winski will discuss ornamental trials in Harris County.

For more information or to register, go to http://bit.ly/houstonplantmeet.

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