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Join SNA today!
For as little as $125 annually, you can become a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious horticultural associations in North America. As a regional association, SNA works to advance the horticulture industry in the southeast by supporting and enhancing promotional, educational and research opportunities; gathering, analyzing and disseminating information and by providing an online marketplace to promote the exchange and sale of nursery stock and other allied products to our members – and the industry.
SNA 2014 Hotel Blocks Open
Special room blocks are available for SNA 2014 at several great nearby hotels. We've negotiated great rates and special offers for you, so why stay anywhere else? Take advantage of these special deals at Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hyatt properties including parking, internet, food & beverage discounts and bonus rewards points. Cutoff for all hotels is July 1. Hotel reservations will be managed by ONPEAK – our Official Housing Partner. Make your SNA 2014 hotel reservations now.
SNA 2014 Education
Set your business on a more profitable course by attending one (or all) of the educational sessions offered at SNA 2014. Full of takeaways, these sessions offer innovative ideas, and sound, practical advise for both personal and business growth. This year's Retail Sessions features "What Consumers Think About Gardening and Your Store" and "4 Marketing Campaigns You Can Use to Recruit New Customers" [The 10% Project] by Carol Miller, editor, Today's Garden Center and "Turn Your Team Into a Selling Machine" by Kathryn Danger, Profitivity, Inc. Landscape Sessions include "Rain Gardens to the Rescue," presented by Dr. Helen Kraus, Assistant Professor, NC State University, and "Growing from $100,000 to $1,000,000," presented by Tony Bass, founder and CEO, Super Lawn Technologies. And, retailers won't want to miss this special opportunity to access AmericasMart during SNA Day @ AmericasMart! The Southern Plant Conference features a stellar cast of speakers ... the brightest minds in horticulture come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. It's a rare opportunity you won't want to miss! (CEUs approved by ISA, PLANET, FNGLA, TXNLA and VNLA and other CEU credits applied for).
Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!
Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 and your name will be entered into a drawing to Win an iPad mini! In addition, two lucky winners will have a chance to Win an iPad in an on-site drawing. And, as an added bonus, parking is FREE for all attendees! Simply mention SNA 2014 to the parking attendant. For more details on SNA 2014 or to register visit www.sna.org.
Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching
The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is reminding all horticulture students who are residents of the 16 Southeastern states that the application deadline for 2014 awards is May 30, 2014. The fund is expecting to award as much as $18,000 through $1,500 scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded July 23 during Southern Nursery Association's SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Complete eligibility requirements and applications are available through the fund's website at: www.sbmsef.org or by calling the fund office. Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation providing academic scholarships to students in the sixteen southeastern states. Since its inception, the fund has awarded $419,000 in scholarships and today the Fund’s balance is now over $800,000. For more information, contact the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund: P.O. Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101; (Tel) 678-813-1880, (Fax) 678-813-1881, (Email) email@example.com, (Online) www.sbmsef.org.
Got Your Copy of the New Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops v 3.0?
The Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops Version 3.0 is now available and for the first time it’s available online as a reference tool on the SNA website at www.sna.org. The English version has been completed and uploaded to the SNA website. The Spanish version is expected to be online by the fall. Printed manuals (English) are available now. Printed Spanish versions of the manual will be available later this fall. Past versions have cost $75 (member) and $100 (non-member), but through funding provided by the USDA’s Risk Management Association (RMA) in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois, the only cost for the printed manuals will be a small fee to cover shipping and handling. For pricing or to order your copy today, click here!
Welcome New Members
Faron or Patsy Green, Faron Green Nursery, McMinnville, TN
Diane or Jack Odom, Odom Nursery Co., Morrison, TN
Victoria Ross, Ross’ Garden Shop, Ocean Springs, MS
Chris Murphy, Silver Bait, Coalmont, TN
Earl Deal, Jr., Smokey Holler Tree Farm, Laurel Springs, NC
Lanie Riner, Thunderwood Farms, Woodbury, GA
Search the SNA Online Membership Directory.
SNA Career Network
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Production & Inventory Coach, Monrovia, Cairo, GA
Responsible for overseeing all production plans and coordinating the inventory and purchasing needs for the location.
For a complete description and qualifications, CLICK HERE.
SNA Industry Event Calendar
For a quick view of upcoming events hosted by SNA and other State and National Associations see the SNA Industry Events Calendar.
GGIA Producing 2 Landscape Sessions at SNA 2014
Georgia - GGIA
The Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) is producing two landscape sessions at SNA 2014. These special sessions are designed to help landscapers grow their business. On Wednesday, July 23, Dr. Helen Kraus, assistant professor at NC State University, will present Rain Gardens to the Rescue, and on Thursday, July 24, Tony Bass, founder and CEO of Super Lawn Technologies, will present Growing from $100,000 to $1,000,000. Learn from the professionals and gain insight on how you can build your business and grow your profits!
Bilderback Named K-State Horticulture Department's 2014 Distinguished Alumni
North Carolina - Gardner Edge
Kansas State University's Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources has named Ted Bilderback as its 2014 Distinguished Alumni. Bilderback is a professor and director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. He earned a Ph.D. in horticulture science at K-State in 1976, after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University. His experience extends to teaching, extension and research. Bilderbach was the 1995 recipient o the SNA Porter Henegar Memorial Award, selected by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry.
ONLA Member Jonathan Berry Recognized
Oklahoma - ONLA
Every May, Greenhouse Product News Magazine recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today's movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow. They are shining the spotlight on 40 men and women whose career accomplishments have moved them to the forefront. Their professional track records have helped to establish them as some of today's brightest stars — before their 40th birthday. One ONLA Member made the list this year, Jonathan Berry of J. Berry Nursery (Grand Saline, TX). Jonathan was instrumental in the launch of the family business in 2006 and then helped develop the company's business strategy to successfully navigate the recent recession. He successfully introduced innovative Black Diamond series of black-leafed crape myrtles in 2012.
Mother's Day Weekend Was a Needed Boon for Most of the Garden Center Industry
Today's Garden Center
Strong sales over Mother's Day weekend gave garden retailers a much needed infusion of energy and cash flow. For much of the country, spring was a long time coming. A rough winter reluctantly began withdrawing in April, which had snowstorms and persistent cold rain for most of the northern states. As a result, sales were off last year's by a significant amount at the beginning of May for most. Mother's Day has gone a long way to address that shortfall.
Experts Discuss Benefits, Value of Brands to the Industry and Consumer
Branding is a billion-dollar enterprise where manufacturers vie for consumer recognition and loyalty. In horticulture, the goal is the same, but thankfully the cost isn't quite what Nike or Target spend. Despite the huge disparity in costs, any company with a brand can learn from each other. The horticulture industry can take pointers from national and international brands concerning merchandising, advertising and consumer preferences. What was once a rarity in the green industry, branding is now a worthwhile enterprise.
Plant ID at Your Fingertips
If you're looking for handy information about plants, there are many websites and several plant apps. A new mobile app from Plantplaces.com, however, is a truly innovative app that will help educate the green industry and the public about plants in their community. It gives professionals, interested individuals and communities the ability to track and become contributors to a concept of the communitywide arboretum. Promoting plant diversity through education is the goal.
US Housing Set to Strengthen
U.S. Housing starts for March 2014 stood at 946,000, comprising single-family starts of 635,000 and multi-family starts of 311,000. These figures demonstrate an increase of 3 percent compared to data from February 2014 and a decrease of 6 percent compared to data from March 2013. Annual U.S. housing starts were 925,000 in 2013, an 18.4 percent increase over 781,000 in 2012.
Foliage for the Great Indoors
Marketing foliage plants may seem like a challenge, but if properly positioned, and with the right grower/retailer partnering efforts, foliage plants can experience resurgence in sales. The first step toward growing this segment is for growers to identify progressive retailers who are willing to try new communication and merchandising methods.
Protecting Bees Through Informed Pesticide Choices
Producing crops to meet consumer quality demands means that growers may use chemicals to control pests and diseases. Some of these products may be harmful to bees if used incorrectly. To demonstrate good environmental stewardship, growers need an understanding of the issues presenting risks to bees and of strategies to minimize the risks. Knowing where to find key product information and how to interpret it can help growers make sound choices regarding the application of effective products.
On the Safe Side
Lawn & Landscape
At Keep It Green, no employee is allowed to climb a ladder without a partner — jobs that require a ladder are always assigned at least a two-person crew. Every tailgate meeting has a safety angle. If the topic is pruning, the message might include a reminder to wear safety goggles or information about properly operating the equipment.
Houzz Survey Reveals Landscape Information
Lawn & Garden Retailer
The Spring Houzz Landscaping Survey included more than 4,500 Houzz users who were in the midst of, or planning, a landscape update. The survey found a majority of homeowners making eco-friendly choices for their yard.
Growers Recognized for Green Practices
Greenhouse Product News
The Million Bottle Club, organized by McConkey's rEarth plastic water bottle recycling program, is honoring 16 North American growers. These growers have recycled more than 1 million plastic water bottles into plant containers.
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