IPPS History

The International People Plant Symposium (IPPS) started in the United States in 1990 as the “National People Plant Symposium”, which led to a request from the participants to continue having conferences on this interdisciplinary subject and the formation of the People Plant Council. A series of biennial meetings is the result. There were many participants from overseas countries to these symposia so beginning with the 4th People-Plant Symposium they have been referred to as “International” symposium. In 1998, the 5th IPPS was held in Sydney, Australia, the first time the meeting was held out of the U.S. The 8th IPPS was held in Awaji, Japan, the first to be held in Asia. The 13th IPPS will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, the first to be held in South America.

Year Location Proceedings
1990 Alexandria, VA (VA Tech University host) The Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development, 1992. D. Relf, Editor. Timber Press
1992 Newark, NJ (Rutgers University host) People-Plant Relationships: Setting Research Priorities, 1994. J. Flagler and R.P. Poincelot, Editors. Haworth Press
1994 Davis, CA (UC Davis host) The Healing Dimensions of People-Plant Relations, 1994. M. Francis, P. Lindsey, and J.S. Rice, Editors. Center for Design and Research, U.C. Davis
1996 San Antonio, TX (Texas A&M host) People Plant Interactions in Urban Areas, 1996. P. Williams and J. Zajicek, Editors. Department of Horticultural Science, Texas A&M University
1998 Sydney, Australia (University of Technology, Sydney host) Towards a New Millennium in People-Plant Relationships, 1999. M.D. Burchett, J. Tarran, and R.A. Wood, Editors. University of Technology, Sydney, Printing Services
2000 Glencoe, IL (Chicago Botanic Garden host) Interaction by Design: Bringing People and Plants Together for Health and Well-being, 2002. C.A. Shoemaker, Editor. Iowa State Press
2002 Toronto, Canada (as a part of the ISHS International Horticultural Congress) XXVI International Horticultural Congress: Expanding Roles for Horticulture in Improving Human Well-Being and Life Quality . 2004. D. Relf, Editor. Acta Horticulturae 639
2004 Awaji, Japan (jointly with the International Horticultural Therapy Summit and the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of People-Plant Relationships) VIII International People-Plant Symposium on Exploring Therapeutic Powers of Flowers, Greenery and Nature. 2008. E. Matsuo, P.D. Relf, and M. Burchett, Editors. Acta Horticulturae 790
2006 Seoul, Korea (as a part of the ISHS International Horticultural Congress) XXVII International Horticultural Congress – IHC2006: International Symposium on Horticultural Practices and Therapy for Human Well-Being. 2008. C.A. Shoemaker, Editor. Acta Horticulturae 775
2010 Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada (as a part of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association Conference) Digging Deeper: Approaches to Research in Horticultural Therapy and Therapeutic Horticulture. 2012. S. N. Goodyear and C. A. Shoemaker, Editors. Acta Horticulturae 954
2012 Venlo, The Netherlands XI International People-Plant Symposium on Diversity: Toward a New Vision of Nature, 2015. S.A. Park and C.A. Shoemaker, Editors. Acta Horticulturae 1093
2014 Brisbane, Australia (as part of the 29th International Horticultural Congress) XII International People-Plant Symposium on Horticulture and Human Communities: People, Plants and Places. Proceedings in press
2016 Montevideo, Uruguay XIII International People-Plant Symposium on Plants, Cultures and Healthy Communities – Plantas, culturas y comunidades saludables