The 1999 meeting of SERA-IEG-27 was held on June 24-25, 1999, at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Official representatives present: Michael Arnold (Texas), Richard Beeson (Florida), Edward Bush (Louisiana), Win Dunwell (Kentucky), Tom Fernandez (South Carolina), Patricia Knight (Mississippi), Gary Knox (Florida), Alex Niemiera (Virginia), Margaret Pooler (US National Arboretum), Tom Ranney (North Carolina), John Ruter (Georgia), Mike Schnelle (Oklahoma), Ken Tilt (Alabama), Will Witte (Tennessee), and Dewayne Ingram (SERA-IEG-27 Administrator). Others present: Donna Fare (US National Arboretum), John Lindstrom (Arkansas), Alan Owings (Louisiana), William Klingeman (Tennessee), and Jim Robbins (Arkansas).
Curators of the U.S. National Arboretum provided tours through the garden. Rob Griesbach led a tour through the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit at USDA, Beltsville. Guidelines for homepages of regional projects and activities were discussed. A committee composed of Patricia Knight, Tom Ranney, Will Dunwell and Ken Tilt (chair) will develop a homepage. The Plant Evaluation Committee developed a Distributor Information Sheet for plant evaluators to use. Data collected from the plant evaluation plots will be submitted on the plant evaluation sheet available on the Web site http://www.ag.auburn.edu/landscape/sera/. Data from the plant evaluation can be archived and retrieved by any of the evaluation factors for a final report. The Plant Evaluation Committee will oversee this process. Plants offered for distribution/evaluation for 1999 were: Illicum mexicana 'Aztec Fire', Lagerstroemia 'Chickasaw', and Lagerstroemia 'Pocomoke'. Officers elected for the 1999-2000 were Donna Fare-Chair, Mike Arnold-Secretary, and Gary Knox-Executive Committee Member. University of Florida will host the 2000 meeting in Apopka, Florida, on July 26-27 just after the ASHS meeting in Orlando. Richard Beeson will be the site cooridinator. Future meeting sites will be Texas and Tennessee.
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