2014 Perennial Plant Symposium * July 28-August 1 * Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel

The Perennial Plant Symposium is the only yearly symposium devoted entirely to perennials. It is also the oldest with the first symposium presented in 1983. The location changes each year. Enjoy learning about and observing perennials, gardens, and production facilities all across the USA and Canada. Perhaps best of all, you'll network with the best in the industry. 


32nd Perennial Plant Symposium

July 28-August 1, 2014

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Perennial Primer -

Education For You and Your Plants

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel

A one-day seminar, presented by the Perennial Plant Association, for the benefit of home gardeners, master gardeners, professional gardeners, green industry professionals, and landscape enthusiasts. This one-day program kicks off the week-long Perennial Plant Symposium.

Click here for more information and to register today!


Trade Show Information

Showcase your company at the oldest and best symposium devoted to the growing and use of herbaceous perennials.

Exhibitor Packet & Contracts

For wholesale nurseries and other horticultural businesses the trade show represents an important and unique opportunity for networking with and selling to existing and new customers from across North America. 


In prior years, the symposium and trade show attracted 500 attendees from 40 states, Canada and other countries that are keenly interested in perennials as well as other garden plants. Attendees include growers, retail garden center owners and employees, landscape architects, landscape designers, landscape contractors, educators, students and others who are professionals in the perennial industry.


The trade show will be held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel on July 29 and 31st. On July 30th, PPA will hold professional nursery and garden tours. Exhibitors usually register for the tours to network with attendees in a casual setting. 


Head for the Hills Cincinnati

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35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: 513-421-9100
Reservations Phone: 800-445-8667 (Be sure to request the PPA Room Block.) 

Discounted hotel rooms have been negotiated at a rate of $129 per night and includes internet in each guestroom. Reserve your room as soon as possible to guarantee availability. Reservations made after July 3rd may not be available at the discounted rate. The Hilton is a national landmark, one of the finest examples of French art deco and a AAA four-diamond hotel.


Student Symposium Scholarship Program

DSC 0211The Perennial Plant Association is proud to offer five scholarships to college students studying horticulture or a related subject area coupled with attendance at the Perennial Plant Symposium. Students enrolled in a two or four-year program are eligible to apply. 

Scholarship recipients receive a complimentary symposium lectures and tours registration, complimentary lodging in addition to $1000.  Applications for the 2014 program are now available and completed applications are due March 4, 2014. 

Music to Our Ears 

The 2014 Perennial Plant Symposium is sandwiched between two great music festival weekends. Arrive early July 25-26 and enjoy the Macy Music Festival. Or linger after the symposium for the Cincy Blues Fest will be held August 1-2, 2014. 


Symposium FAQ

Board of DirectorsWhen and where is the National Symposium held?

Each year the symposium is held in a different region of North America. The PPA is divided into seven regions and the symposium is held in a region once every seven years.

Who can attend?Symposium photo
The Perennial Plant Symposium is open to both members and non- members of the Perennial Plant Association. Recently, attendees represented 40 states and 6 foreign countries.

Why should I attend?
Attendees look forward each year to the fun of networking and making new friends at the annual reunion of perennial professionals!  The Perennial Plant Symposium is the only annual professional education conference dedicated solely to growing, retailing, and designing with herbaceous perennials. The Symposium has been presented since 1983.

What types of activities occur at the symposium?
The PPA Symposium includes specialty tours, a featured Wednesday professional tour, two days of professional multi-track seminars, multiple workshops, a trade show, and numerous networking opportunities. Attendees may select to attend the entire symposium or register for individual days and events.

How do I register and what is the cost?
Registration for the Perennial Plant Symposium is available in late April each year. Program and registration information is posted on the PPA website and PPA members also receive a program mailing. Symposium registration fees vary with the activity offered.

How can I promote my business (greenhouse/nursery/product) at the symposium?
Companies have an opportunity to purchase booth space in the trade show. Booth rental fees vary for booth size and location.

The PPA also offers companies an opportunity to sponsor different activities or functions throughout each symposium. For more information on the trade show or symposium sponsorship please contact the PPA Office.

National Symposium Locations

2014 - July 28-August 1 - Hilton Netherland, Cincinnati, Ohio
2015 - July 27-August 1, 2015, Baltimore Hilton, Baltimore, Maryland

(Its never too early to start planning for this big event! If you'd like to join the Baltimore local site committee or have ideas to share, contact our Regional Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Our next planning meeting will be held February 22 at the Conference Center at Shepard Pratt in Baltimore.)

Past locations
2013 - Vancouver, British Columbia
2012 - Boston, Massachusetts
2011 - Atlanta, Georgia
2010 - Portland, Oregon
2009 - St. Louis, Missouri
2008 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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