2019 National Perennial Plant Symposium Will Be a True Collaboration

Coreopsis Super Star perennialThe 2018 Perennial Plant Symposium wrapped up in early August, but plans are already underway for the 2019 event, which features a unique industry collaboration. The National Garden Bureau (NGB), Perennial Plant Association (PPA), and All-America Selections (AAS) are teaming up to host the 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL, and its surrounding suburbs.

With a motto of “Urbs in Horto” (Latin meaning “City in a Garden”), Chicago is a perfect destination for three major industry associations to explore gardens relevant to all interests. The meeting will take place the week of July 29, 2019 with the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, IL, (located near Chicago’s O’Hare airport) serving as the host hotel.


In 2019, each organization will have reason to celebrate their long history serving the industry and their respective members. PPA, founded in 1984, will be 35 years old, AAS, founded in 1932 will be 87 years old, and the oldest organization of the three, NGB, is celebrating 99 years in 2019.

2019 also holds significance in that it will be the year the first winners from the AAS Herbaceous Perennial Trial, that was launched in 2015 in partnership with PPA, will be announced during the Symposium.

To celebrate this long history, all three organizations are working together to present an event that they hope will best serve all attendees. The event is open to anyone (growers, breeders, retailers, brokers, industry reps, educators, media, garden communicators, etc.) interested in perennials and/or the AAS Trials. A few of the many highlights include:
• Private garden tours
• First-ever announcements of new introductions
• Trial tours
• Awards presentations
• Behind-the-scenes insights at major public gardens
• Unique Midwest destination tours
• Cutting-edge educational sessions
• An intimate trade show for learning and networking

The official event name is the National Perennial Plant Symposium, in collaboration with All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau.

Potential attendees can sign up here to be assured of getting additional information as it becomes available.

Registration will open April 1, 2019 and will be accessible from any of the three organization websites.

For more information, email Diane Blazek.