You are here

2013 International Trials Conference

February 28, 2013
Longwood Gardens to host 2013 International Trials Conference, Sept 16-20. Conference features international thought leaders in breeding, trialing, production and marketing of ornamental plants.

Leading professionals from around the globe will gather at Longwood Gardens for the second International Trials Conference September 16-20, 2013. The conference features expert plant breeders, growers, and commercial suppliers sharing current research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial and woody plants. Attendees will network with international peers, hear from thought leaders, tour notable trials in the region and share ideas, evaluation strategies and the importance of trials to each component of the supply chain.

Paul E. Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed genetics business of DuPont, will present the Keynote Address. Other confirmed speakers include Jim Gardiner, Royal Horticultural Society (UK); Allan Armitage, University of Georgia; Diane Blazek, All American Selections; Michael Dirr, Plant Introductions, Inc.; Bernd Hertle, Weihenstephan University (Germany); Timothy Howard, Clarity Connect; Steve Hutton, Star Roses and Plants; Tomohiro Kamogawa, Sakata Seed (Japan); Jim Nau, Ball; Kathy Miller, Trial Nurseries; Kate Santos, Costa Farms; Lauri Scullin, The New Product Group; and Mike Uchneat, Garden Genetics and more.

In addition to educational sessions, the conference includes tours of trial gardens throughout the region, including Penn State Landisville, Green Leaf/Aris and Conard Pyle/NovaFlora. In addition, guests can tour Longwood Gardens’ new genera-based Trial Garden, which will debut in 2013.

An optional post-conference tour includes visits to some of the Brandywine Valley’s most stellar gardens and garden centers. The tour includes Chanticleer, the 35-acre pleasure garden in Wayne, PA, known for its imaginative plantings and design, and Mt. Cuba Center, whose 600-acres are recognized as one of the region’s finest displays of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region.  The final stop is a tour of Terrain, the popular garden center that debuted in 2008 and innovatively merges house and garden to create a memorable experience for the senses.

For information visit


Call for abstracts

Abstracts are being accepted for oral and poster presentations in areas including intellectual property protection, native plants, climate change, breeding, university and commercial trials and award programs.  Abstracts are being accepted at The abstract deadline is April 30, 2013.



Registration for the 2013 International Trials Conference is open at  The cost is $399. Register before July 1, 2013 to receive the Early Bird rate of $299. The full-time student rate is $199. 


Conference Partners

The 2013 International Trials Conference is presented in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, Conard-Pyle and Novaflora, with support from ASHS and OFA.