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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 Unveils New Mobile App at SNA 2014
Just in time for SNA 2014, SNA has partnered with Sunrise Marketing to create a new SNA Mobile App that will have people talking! This new app will allow you to engage more fully at SNA 2014 and offers you a chance to Win a Free Beverage, a Free Lunch, or an Apple iPad! The new SNA Mobile app features a directory of exhibitors, news feeds for everything SNA, marketing messages and videos, instant coupons and as an added bonus - a plant database from MasterTag. You can download it before the show or at designated areas on-site.
Pre-Register for SNA 2014 Through July 18 and Your Name Will be Entered into a Drawing to Win an iPad Mini!
There’s still time to pre-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 onsite 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.
SNA 2014 Event Guide — Schedule, Program, Exhibitor List and More
The SNA 2014 Event Guide is at press and will be available on-site. But you can download a pdf copy for viewing or printing. This 32-page guide features a schedule of all activities, full educational program details and exhibitor listings. Take a look at all that SNA 2014 has to offer! Download the SNA 2014 Event Guide now! Or, take a Sneak Peek at our impressive list of exhibitors, CLICK HERE.
Your Seat Is Still Available at the 13th Southern Plant Conference
The 13th Southern Plant Conference, sponsored by HIP Labels and Plant Development Services, will feature a stellar cast of speakers, and now you can download the SPEAKER SCHEDULE to make certain you don't miss a moment as the brightest minds in horticulture come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. This is a RARE opportunity you won't want to miss! 8 hours of action-packed, eye-opening drama in a room filled with 15 of the industry's top plant experts sharing their vast knowledge and latest discoveries of the hottest new plants. Hold on to your hats for this extraordinary experience as world renown plantsman Don Shadow orchestrates this unique symphony. There's nothing quite like it!
SNA 2014 General Session — Steinhardt on the Economy
Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund titan, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, will address the SNA 2014 General Session on Wednesday, July 23, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., the opening day of the SNA Regional Marketplace. Coined Wall Street's greatest trader, Steinhardt will also be a featured speaker at The Southern Plant Conference on Tuesday, July 22. So, while Steinhardt is talking plants at The Southern Plant Conference, we couldn't miss the opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how our industry should position their businesses moving forward. All SNA 2014 attendees are invited to attend this casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Today's Garden Center. The SNA 2014 General Session is included with an SNA 2014 Name Badge registration. Coffee and danish compliments of Today's Garden Center.
Live on the SNA Stage
Discover New Plants and New Products, Get a Glimpse of Where Our Economy is Headed and Gain Insight on How to Position Your Business for Better Success ... all live on the SNA Stage! The SNA Stage, located on the show floor, will feature presentations each show day by leading industry experts. See the most innovative new products, get a better perspective on the state of the economy, and gain new insight on factors impacting your business. Free for all SNA 2014 attendees.
Pick Up Your Copy of the New Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops v 3.0 at SNA 2014
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. Or pick up your copy at the SNA Show Office onsite at SNA 2014!
Welcome New Members
John Nabors, Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Birmingham, AL
Donald McCorkle, Jr., McCorkle Nursery, Dearing, GA
Bridget Behe, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Teri Durden, Metroquip, Marietta, GA
Jenna Hudson, Southern Scapes Landscaping, LLC, Myrtle Beach, SC
Willie Chance, UGA Center for Urban Agriculture, Byron, 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.
Landscape/Maintenance Manager – Manager Trainee, Gardens South Landscape & Design, Athens, GA
Are you seeking a career with a reputable landscape design and maintenance company that has room for future ownership? Gardens South Landscape & Design, Inc. in Athens, Georgia is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual to fill the role of landscape/maintenance manager.
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.
Accepting Nominations for the ALNLA Horizon Award
Alabama - ALNLA
Nominations are being accepted for the ALNLA Horizon Award. The Horizon Award is given annual to recognize a qualified person for outstanding service in the field of horticulture. The recipient must be currently active in the Green Industry and should also be less than 36 years old or have been in the Green Industry 8 years or less regardless of age. The individual should be a progressive and innovative horticulturist holding active membership in the ALNLA. Nominations are due by Oct. 29, 2014.
Accepting Nominations for the ALNLA Lifetime Achievement Award
Alabama - ALNLA
Nominations are being accepted for the ALNLA Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is given annual to recognize an individual who has contributed to the advancement of the Green Industry within the state of Alabama and to the welfare of the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association. The recipient must have been active in the Green Industry for 25 years or more and must be an active member of ALNLA. Nominations are due by Oct. 29, 2014.
The Landscape Show
Florida - FNGLA
The Landscape Show, scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the Orlando Convention Center, will feature nearly 450 industry vendors, educational programs, landscape awards and lots of other opportunities to connect, learn and grow your business. The Landscape Show offers a complete cast of plants, trees, palms, landscape equipment, hardscape products, irrigation, production equipment, business services and garden center supplies.
Annual GGIA Round Up
Georgia - GGIA
The Annual GGIA Round Up will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in Athens, GA, at the beautiful Flinchum's Phoenix, just outside of town at the intersection of Milledge Ave and Whitehall Rd. This annual fund raising event was created for two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fundraising event which benefits the Partnership in Sustainability Program (PISP). Second, it allows us to thank the companies and individuals who support GGIA through their generous donations. As an added bonus, The Round-Up offers us the chance to visit in a relaxed atmosphere, have fun and network with those who support the work of GGIA.
Chuck Tosovsky, Home Nursery, Albers, IL Passes Away
Missouri - MLNA
Word was received on July 12 of the sudden passing of Chuck Tosovsky, owner of Home Nursery located in Albers, IL and O'Fallon, MO. Home Nursery has been a long member of MLNA and supporter. Our condolences to the Tosovsky family and to the Home Nursery family. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Pre-registration Is Open for the ONLA 2014 'Color Me Green' Convention and Trade Show
Oklahoma - ONLA
Pre-registration is now open for the ONLA 2014 "Color Me Green" Convention and Trade Show, scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26 at the Cox Business Center, Tulsa, OK. ONLA Member pre-registration is FREE — $15 at the door. Non-member pre-registration is $10-$25 at the door.
Build a Better Landscape Business with the ONLA, Warren CAT and LMN, 2-Day Workshop, July 23-24, 2014
Oklahoma - ONLA
The Landscape Management Network will show you how simple it is to run a profitable landscape company without the guesswork. Learn how to manage a more efficient, more productive landscape companies from actual, successful contractors. Real owners of national top-100 landscape companies open the hood on their operations and show you what makes them run.
Upcoming Nursery/Landscape Expo
Texas - TNLA
Join us in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 14-16, 2014, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for the Nursery/Landscape Expo. See new products trends and take advantage of exclusive show specials with more than 1,100 exhibitor booths, gain CEUs with more than 20 education opportunities, meet up with old friends and make new ones.
Garden Centers Say Sales In 2014 Are Up Big From Last Year
Today's Garden Center
The delayed spring in many areas of the country in 2014 didn't hurt sales; in fact, it may have actually helped. In Today's Garden Center's 2014 State of the Industry survey, most retailers reported increased sales in 2014 in several major categories, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and edibles.
The Beauty of Waterwise Plants
Waterwise is another word for "xeric" when referring to plants that grow well with little water. Xeric plants are native to regions where the natural precipitation is low. Being xeric doesn't mean the same thing as "drought tolerant" (which is a rather meaningless term). A "drought tolerant" plant may survive drought conditions, but it won't grow and thrive until the precipitation returns to normal levels. Here are just a few of favorite xeric plants for regions of the country that receive about 25 inches or less of annual precipitation.
Restaurants Ripen Interest
Lawn & Garden Retailer
An edibles explosion hasn't just captivated backyard gardeners looking to grow a few fruits or vegetables alongside ornamentals. Consumers want their favorite local businesses to have the passion and transparency that come with "growing your own."
USDA Funds Bee Habitats
The USDA announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. More than half of the commercially managed honey bees are in these five states during the summer. The announcement comes in addition to the $3 million USDA designated to the Midwest states to support bee populations earlier this year through the Natural Resources Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Gotham Greens Takes Locally Grown Produce to a Whole New Level
Gotham Greens, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., revolutionized the greenhouse industry when it opened its first farm on the roof of a Greenpoint neighborhood warehouse in 2010. The company tapped into an underused resource by leasing rooftop space to build a 15,000-square-foot greenhouse operation that produces more than 100 tons of leafy greens and vegetables, marketed locally to city grocery stores at competitive prices compared to products that travel many food miles.
Effective Use of PGRs
Greenhouse Product News
Application of plant growth retardants, or PGRs, is the most common technique used by greenhouse growers to control crop height. When used at an appropriate rate and volume, PGRs can elicit desirable results, such as improving crop quality. However, PGRs are sometimes not used to their potential; they are sometimes applied too late or at an inappropriate rate. Here are some important considerations for getting the most out of your PGRs.
Turfgrass Gives Landscape Contractors a Mindful Solution
Lawn & Landscape
In many areas of the country, watering the lawn isn't as turnkey as turning on the irrigation system or setting out sprinklers. Many regions face water restrictions, and even markets with plenty are growing more mindful of water consumption. With increased awareness of our diminishing water supply, soaking the lawn on a hot summer day is just not a widely-accepted practice.
Launching 'eXtreme green'
When you hear the name NASA, it probably conjures celestial images of floating astronauts and nostalgic memories of space shuttles hurtling toward the stars. It does not call to mind greenhouses and solar panels. But that's exactly what the NASA Glenn Research Center's GreenLab in Cleveland is experimenting with. Dr. Bilal Bomani, senior research scientist at Glenn, says his greenhouse structure is dedicated to being "eXtreme green," meaning it is attempting to create a sustainable, alternative and renewable energy ecosystem.
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