Schedule

In-Person Guests may attend all events on September 28-October 1.
The Virtual Conference Attendees will include sessions on September 29 and 30. 

The Schedule is Subject to Change.

Download the Full Schedule. 

The local site committee has coordinated with local nurseries, gardens, and garden centers to welcome you on Tuesday, September 28. In-Person Conference attendees are invited to visit. Drive your own car, share a ride, or catch an Uber/Lyft to these great sites.

Tuesday, September 28

Production Tour 
Please RSVP for production tour.

All IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference Registrants are welcome to attend at no additional cost.

9:00 am-10:30 am Hoffie Nursery
11:00 am- 12:30 pm Hampshire Farms
1:00 pm- 1:30 pm Lunch at Midwest Groundcovers 
1:30 pm- 3:00 pm Tour Midwest Groundcovers
3:30 - 5 pm Doty Nursery

5:30 - 7 pm:
Opening Reception at the Morton Arboretum, Thornhill Center

Tuesday, September 28

Lurie Garden Tour

Please RSVP for the Lurie Garden Tour

Assistant Horticulturalist, Kristian Brooks, will lead a tour of the Lurie Garden on September 28 at 10 am. All IPPS Eastern Region Annual Conference Registrants are welcome to attend at no additional cost.

 Meet at the Extrusion Plaza, the wide open space just west of Lurie Garden. Parking: There are several parking garages around Millennium Park, including one on Columbus closest to Randolph. There is also some metered parking on Columbus, south of the garden, which is cheaper

5:30 - 7 pm: Opening Reception at the Morton Arboretum, Thornhill Center


Tuesday, September 28

Garden Center Visits

No RSVP needed for these retail sites. Drop by during business hours and experience some of the best retail in Chicagoland.

Pesche's: 170 S River Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016 Family owned business that specializes in floral, in-house grown seasonal color, and everything else needed for the garden.

Platt Hill: 222 W Lake St, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 One stop shop that has recently expanded their footprint and in-house growing facilities for trees and shrubs.

Christy Webber Farm & Garden: 2833 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 As the retail arm of the Christy Webber Landscapes family, we bring Christy’s passion for design and customer service directly to our customers and surrounding community. We’re a garden center in the heart of Chicago’s West Side, carrying a top-notch selection of pottery, annuals, perennials, nursery stock, houseplants, garden tools & supplies and so much more. We pride ourselves on a carefully-curated selection of healthy and interesting plants and we’re known for our vast array of pottery at all times of the year. We offer container-design and install services as well as delivery.

Lurvey's: 2550 E Dempster St, Des Plaines, IL 60016 The new Lurvey Center provides a destination to browse new and unique home and garden decor, as well as traditional garden essentials.

Wednesday, September 29

7 am:
Yoga In the Gardens

8:30 am - 5 pm
Propagation and Production Sessions
Video Tour of Intrinsic Gardens, Midwest Groundcovers, and Kankakee Nursery
Silent Auction
Poster Sessions

Thursday, September 30

8:30 am - 3:30 pm:
Propagation and Production Sessions
Video Tour of Pizzo Nursery and Ball Horticulture
Silent Auction
Poster Sessions
New Plant Forum

3:30 pm: 
Tour of Morton Arboretum

6:00 pm:
Reception followed by Banquet and Live Auction

Friday, October 1

Morning:
Tour Chicago Botanic Garden: Drive your own vehicle or catch a ride with a friend/ride service. Complimentary parking and a tour is included with registration.