Full speaker line-up announced for AIPH Miami Spring Meeting 2020

The 2020 Spring Meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) will be from 1st-4th March, in the National Hotel, Miami, USA. The focus will be on growing critical trading opportunities in America.

A key event will be the AIPH Conference on Tuesday 3 March entitled: ‘Growing the industry’. The following speakers will be presenting:
• Anna Ball, CEO Ball Horticultural Company
• Ken Fisher, CEO AmericanHort
• Kate Penn, CEO Society of American Florists (SAF)
• Christine Boldt, Executive Vice President of Association of Floral Importers of Florida (AFIF)
• Dr Hayk Khachitryan, Associate Professor in Food and Resource Economics at University of Florida
• Dr Charlie Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, Texas A&M University

All speakers’ biographies and presentation topic details are available to view online here.

The full-day conference will focus on ornamental horticulture in America and consumer behaviour. There will be discussions stemming from industry research and how to positively translate the findings to a community level.

The programme includes presentations and panel discussions from growers and traders about the challenges and opportunities for ornamental horticulture producers and importers to the USA.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, said “Now is the time for this industry to work together and grow. This meeting will shape up strategies and solutions for its future.”
The four-day Spring Meeting will also include the AIPH Expo conference (2 March) and professional visits to Miami International Airport, Costa Farms (including Season Premier event) and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens on 4 March.

The AIPH Expo Conference will consist of presentations from the organisers of AIPH approved events. Progress reports will concentrate on four forthcoming A1 category international expos: Expo 2021 Doha (Qatar), Expo 2022 Floriade Almere (the Netherlands), Expo Horticultural Łódź 2024 (Poland) and World Horticultural Exhibition 2027 (Japan).

There will also be progress reports concerning AIPH approved B, C and D category events. There will be a keynote from Dr Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia. He will be discussing the development of Biophilic Cities. Following on, AIPH members will report on Green City activities in their respective countries.

The AIPH Spring Meeting programme is open to anyone with a relevant interest or involvement in ornamental horticulture.

AIPH events provide a welcoming and invaluable opportunity for knowledge-sharing, idea-generation and networking for the horticulture industry worldwide. For programme details and to book, visit: Prices cost $1,485 per person or $850 for the AIPH Conference only (including dinner in the evening).

The location for the Spring Meeting is in the National Hotel, which is just a short walk from Miami Beach. The deadline to secure accommodation at this prestigious venue is on Friday 24 January. The deadline to book your place at the Spring Meeting 2020 is Friday 21 February. Visit


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Notes for Editors:
International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)
Since 1948, AIPH has united horticultural producers in an international community that thrives to this day. Much has changed in that time. Technologies advanced, cities rose from the ground, and we have become more connected than ever. As a result, our essential bond with nature has become weak. AIPH strives to reignite and uphold an appreciation of plants that we believe is a basic human instinct. We support the work of grower associations globally and together we champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet, for this generation and the next.

Rachel Wakefield

Communications Executive and Associate Editor
United Kingdom