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SNA 2014 full program released
SNA
SNA 2014 will bring together the most forward-thinking breeders, growers, researchers, retailers, landscapers, manufacturers and distributors from across the Southeast. It's a unique opportunity to connect with other industry professionals from across the region to share ideas, learn new techniques, address key industry issues and locate new products. SNA 2014 combines a regional marketplace with The 13th Southern Plant Conference, the 59th SNA Research Conference, the 115th Annual SNA Business Meeting and the SNA State Officer’s Conference to deliver one unparalleled event — all under one roof!
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The 13th Southern Plant Conference speaker lineup released
SNA
The 13th Southern Plant Conference, hosted by Don Shadow, will be held in conjunction with SNA 2014. This fast-paced session, filled with loads of takeaways, boasts the best and hottest new plant varieties coming to market in the next season, and provides a unique opportunity to discover new production techniques and a vast array of new plants, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit and the most interesting flower or foliage. This year's program features a stellar cast of speakers that will guide you on a quest to find new plants for your business. Eight hours of action-packed adventure with 15 plant experts, authors, botanical garden directors, professors and world travelers — and special guest speaker, Michael Steinhardt. It's a Who's Who of Horticulture that will have any plant lover's adrenaline pumping as you witness their vast knowledge and insight on plants. Hold on to your hats during this extraordinary experience ... There's nothing quite like it!
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Welcome new members
SNA
Keith Perryman, Keith's Nursery, Rock Island, TN
David McLemore, Ray Bracken Nursery, Pelzer, SC
Amy Howard, Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, MI
Trevor Starling, Starling Nursery, Seville, FL

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SNA Career Network
SNA
The SNA Career Network is provided as a service to the industry. For current listings of open positions, follow the link provided. Got a job listing? We can list your position to help you find that perfect person! Simply email us at mail@sna.org.
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 REGIONAL NEWS


Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association partners with 'Fresh From Florida' marketing program
FNGLA
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) joined the department's "Fresh From Florida" membership program on behalf of its more than 800 members. The "Fresh From Florida" program promotes Florida products through a variety of programs and initiatives. This partnership represents the first time an association has joined the program, extending benefits to all its members.
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GGIA's Annual Capitol Day rescheduled
GGIA
GGIA's Annual Capitol Day originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12 has been rescheduled. Capitol Day will now be held in conjunction with Ag Day on Tuesday, March 18 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Mark your calendars now to join us then at the GA State Capitol and GA Department of Agriculture Building. RSVP to Chris@ggia.org or call the GGIA office at 706.632.0100 to let us know you will be attending.
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TNLA is saddened by the loss of Mrs. Peggy Love, mother of Bobby Love, Love Farms & Nursery, McMinnville, TN
TNLA
Mrs. Peggy Wilson Love, age 81 of McMinnville, Tenn., died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her residence in McMinnville, Tenn. She was born March 13, 1932, in Williamson County, Tenn., and was the owner of Peggy's Fashions, and a member of First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Love was preceded in death by parents Grover and Martha Turner Wilson, husband Robert Shelby Love, and brothers John and Fletcher Wilson. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Bobby and Tammy Dodson Love, grandchildren Wilson and Shelby Love and sisters Evelyn Hamblen and Mary Miller. Funeral service were held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Main St., McMinnville, TN 37110. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Investigating possible plant shortages this year
Today's Garden Center
This year's unusually cold winter, along with a range of disease challenges, made us wonder about potential supply shortages that may be on the horizon. So we reached out to Today's Garden Center's 2014 Revolutionary 100 retailers. We asked them if they've heard anything from their suppliers about possible shortages, and if so, which categories they were most concerned about. Here's a brief review of some of the comments we received.
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On trend for 2014
American Nurseryman
Each year the ASLA polls its members for their take on what's trending, and the responses are based upon what the member landscape architects — for this survey, it's those who specialize in residential design — say is popular with their clients. Contracts for specific kinds of work tend to be reliable sources. For 2014, the broad category of gardens and landscaped spaces received a 94.2 percent rating as "somewhat or very popular." Ringing in at second place were outdoor living spaces, defined as kitchens or entertainment spaces.
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The social media share: How to keep the content flowing
Greenhouse Grower
The good news is there is a ton of plant and gardening information online. The bad news is since just about anybody can be a publisher online, there's plenty of information of questionable veracity out there. That's where your expertise comes in.
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Shedding some light on greenhouse lighting options
Greenhouse Product News
Greenhouse growers know the importance of balancing the many different parameters involved in a successful growing operation. With a greenhouse setup, lighting is one of the most important factors for growers to control so their hard work and valuable plants can flourish and produce to their full potential. As technology and growing practices have advanced, greenhouse lighting options have also become more plentiful. With options for all types of growers, it is helpful to know what types of grow lighting are ideal for different applications — most importantly, your own!
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Beating spots and blight on veggies and tomatoes
Greenhouse Management
Spots and blights on the foliage of vegetable transplants are annoying and difficult to halt. In fact, it can seem like the odds are stacked against you. But there are specific management tips for your day-to-day operations that can help to prevent, or at least minimize, spots, blights and other disease problems.
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The art of delegation
Lawn & Garden Retailer
With payroll being one of the single largest controllable expenses on your profit and loss statement, most of us have cut back staff significantly over the past few years in order to downsize, right size, streamline or just survive, and we've been reluctant to add back staff because our sales simply haven't recovered enough to justify it.
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Become the one-and-only service provider for clients
Lawn & Landscape
So you've done it: You've made the leap to commercial landscaping. Congratulations. But what do you do if all your crews are doing is maintenance? How do you take that next step to sell yourself as a full-service company? The commercial property you maintain may hire a different company for irrigation, a different company for snow removal and another one for construction. How do you become their one-and-only contractor? Tom Canete, president and CEO of Canete Landscape & Garden Center, Wayne, N.J., says a simple, but important first-step for his company is marketing.
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Compost basics — know the ins and outs before you blend
Nursery Management
High-quality composts blended into growing media and applied to soils can promote plant growth and vigor and reduce soilborne disease risks. These renewable materials benefit plant quality and health by improving soil or growing medium physical and chemical properties, providing slow-release nutrients, and attracting and sustaining microorganisms that enhance nutrient uptake.
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