Apr 20, 2020
PPA Postpones 2020 National Symposium

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) has canceled its 2020 national symposium that was scheduled to meet in Pennsylvania in August.

In a statement, Emily Chung, PPA’s executive director announced: “The Perennial Plant Association Board of Directors has voted to not hold a National Symposium in 2020. This was a unanimous decision and one we all feel confident is the right decision for the health and safety of our PPA Family.

“Given both the severity and the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic, we cannot expect our you to travel to Lancaster and then spend several days in close proximity with hundreds of our perennial plant friends in small meeting rooms and on buses. Our priorities are simple – our PPA Family comes first and we know this is the right and necessary decision to protect our PPA Family.

“We are committed to holding a National Symposium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Our hope is to simply postpone the event until 2021, but we are still working with vendors to confirm new dates. Once new dates are available, we will share those with all of you. We’re excited to make plans to join you in Lancaster in the future! I know we’ll all be excited to see our friends and colleagues in person in 2021!”

What does this mean for individuals and companies that have already signed up for 2020?

Attendees – registration fees will be refunded this week. Refunds typically post to accounts within a week of PPA’s processing them. If you haven’t received your refund by May 1, please contact PPA at info@perennialplant.org.

Exhibitors & Sponsors – should have already received an email from PPA’s events manager, Tia Nusbaum. Once updated dates have been confirmed, PPA will be in contact with you to either roll your commitment over to the new date or to discuss other options if you are unable to participate in 2021.

Chung added, “Finally I would like to thank the Local Site Committee for their hard work in planning a wonderful National Symposium in Lancaster and for their understanding and flexibility in having to delay this event. I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for their thoughtful consideration of all our options and for always having the health, safety, and well-being of our PPA members and supporters at the forefront of the decision.”

For additional information, please visit www.perennialplant.org.