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ASSOCIATION NEWS

SNA announces release of BMP Version 3.0
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the release of the Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops Version 3.0. The manual is now available, for the first time, online as a reference tool on the SNA website at www.sna.org. Printed manuals 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.
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SNA 2013 — An overwhelming success
SNA
Back for the first time in four years, SNA 2013, held Aug. 5-7 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., proved to be an overwhelming success based on comments from both exhibitors and attendees. The first event since 2009 for the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), SNA 2013, was a clear indication that this regional marketplace has been missed and the timing is right for this new SNA event. The mood and spirit of both attendees and exhibitors was remarkably upbeat and positive — some even commenting that this year's event far exceeded their expectations.
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2013 SNA Retailers' Choice awards
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On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, a panel of independent retailers, led by Robert Hendrickson of The Garden Center Group, scoured the SNA 2013 show floor in search of the most unique and innovative products that have the most potential to be best sellers in the garden center. The 11 winners were recognized on the SNA Stage at the end of the first day of the show. Congratulations to these companies for their winning products:

Applied Polymer Systems, Woodstock, Ga. – Pond Zinger
Briggs Nursery, Elma, Wash. – David Austin Rose Program
Hackney Nursery, Greensboro, Fla. – "Ebony Fire" Crape Myrtle
HIP Labels, Greensboro, N.C. – "Hip Clip" Large Label Attachment
Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, Tenn. – "The Rising Sun" Redbud
Oldcastle Lawn & Garden, Anderson, S.C. – Jolly Gardener Tree, Shrub & Rose Soil
Roseville Farms, Apopka, Fla. – Clematis Plants
Season2Buy, Carbondale, Ill. – $eason2Buy Budgeting System
Skagit Gardens, Mount Vernon, Wash. – "Merlin" Helleborus and "Ascot Rainbow" Euphorbia
Southern Palms & Plants, Steinhatchee, Fla. – "PomNatural" Pomegranate
Walters Gardens, Zeeland, Mich. – "Cranberry Crush" Hardy Hibiscus

In addition to the SNA Retailers' Choice Awards Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, Tenn., received Best in Show/Green Goods and HIP Labels, Greensboro, N.C., received Best in Show/Allied Products.

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Southern Nursery Association elects new officers
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 SNA Awards. The awards were presented at the Annual SNA Business Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at the Georgia International Convention Center during SNA 2013. This year's recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Dr. Nick Gawel, Director of the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, Tenn. The 2013 David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award recipient is Joseph B. Hillenmeyer, Joseph Hillenmeyer Garden Design, Lexington, Ky. This year's recipient of the SNA Pinnacle Award is Gary L. Stover, Stover Manufacturing, Port Orange, Fla, and two SNA Environmental Awards were presented to Saunders Brothers, Inc., Piney River, Va., and Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland. In awarding two Environmental Awards this year, the SNA Board acknowledges not only Saunders Brothers for water conservation efforts in the implementation of using the Evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation in their nursery, but also Dr. John Lea-Cox for his work in the development of advanced sensor-based wireless networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management. Two deserving industry members received SNA Honorary Member Awards. Wilbur C. Mull, Classic Groundcovers, Athens, Ga., and Dr. Carl. E. Whitcomb, Lacebark Publication & Research, Stillwater, OK, were recognized by the SNA Board of Directors for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture.

For a list of upcoming industry events, see the SNA Industry Events Calendar.

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REGIONAL NEWS

Business was blooming at the 2013 Landscape Show
FNGLA
Business was blooming at The Landscape Show as more than 6,200 nursery and landscape professionals gathered at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., to do business together, learn from one another and enhance the professionalism of Florida's nursery and landscape industry. The Landscape Show offered a new location, with nearly 450 exhibitors setting up eye-appealing and inspiring displays in the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center.
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GGIA announces 1st annual Spring into Color 5K Dash
GGIA
We invite you to join us for the first annual Georgia Green Industry Association 5K Color Dash! Come experience some fun in the wildest 5K you've ever seen! This is your chance to support the GGIA and show your colors in this fun-filled event. Run, walk, crawl, dance or cartwheel your way through a bombardment of color and find yourself wearing a colorful dash of spring colors when you reach the finish line. You're guaranteed to have a blast and benefit some awesome charities in the process! Make plans now to attend this colorful event scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Town Center Park, Suwanee, Ga.
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INDUSTRY NEWS

Retailer adapts to changing consumers with new business model for the garden center
Today's Garden Center
Few businesses survive over the long haul without adjusting to changes in the economy, customers and consumers' tastes, wants and needs. Hole's At The Enjoy Centre is abandoning tradition to make those adjustments. This grower/retailer in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada has been through change before, transitioning from vegetable farmers to ornamental growers and home and garden retailers more than 30 years ago.
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Garden Media Group provides insights into 3 emerging garden trends for 2014
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Entertainer Red Skelton is credited with saying, "Give the people what they want and they'll come out for it." Knowing what people want, however, isn't always apparent. It takes tracking consumer habits, studying emerging trends and making a few educated guesses. Garden Media Group has tracked and studied lawn and garden trends since 2001 and has been spot on with many of them. Here are three major trends in its latest 2014 Garden Trends Report guaranteed to drive traffic and boost sales.
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Advice for successful mite management
Greenhouse Grower
Unfortunately, two-spotted spider mites continue to be a problem, and control can be tough. There are several reliable active ingredients and predaceous mites, but there is no "silver bullet" for mite control. Some of the biggest challenges include managing resistance among different active ingredients, ensuring proper spray coverage and selecting proper active ingredients for each life stage.
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Learn how to build your team today for tomorrow's economy
Nursery Management
Overall, there are three types of change — change by crisis, change by drift and change by design. "To build a new and improved culture to meet the new and improved needs of our clients, we need to design/build our team," writes John Kennedy. The first step in building your team is called forming, and that means looking at every player and determining the right seat for him or her on the bus.
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Spreading the wealth
American Nurseryman
Are you lucky enough to work with property owners who aren't driven by a need for instant gratification? A "naturalistic" plan could be just the ticket. Meadows and woodlands provide graceful, serene environments that are rendered even more appealing with the addition of bountiful bulbs that emerge and bloom, then settle in for the season — only to emerge again and spread to create a pleasing carpet or river of color.
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L&L Power Panel outlines key trends for landscapers
Lawn & Landscape
During the first day of the GIE+EXPO, Lawn & Landscape convened its third-annual Power Panel, a candid discussion of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the landscape industry. Chuck Bowen moderated the two-hour conversation, which covered everything from labor, pricing, customer education and regulations. Here are six key highlights from the discussion.
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How well do you know your water quality?
Greenhouse Management
How often in the last two years have you monitored the pH and/or soluble salt levels in your irrigation water to determine if you are still irrigating, fertilizing or amending your container substrate correctly? Are your pH and electrical conductivity values in a "safe" range to promote growth and optimize mineral nutrient availability? Many of the problems associated with slow plant growth or unsightly foliage are directly related to the quality of the irrigation water used.
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Embracing change to remain successful
Greenhouse Production News
Before he passed away in March 2010, Jake Koorn- neef, founder of Delray Plants, preached this philosophy to his team: Fewer, bigger, better. Koormneef's son-in-law, Randy Gilde, CEO and president, has since brought that philosophy to life and is embracing the industry's many changes to lead Delray Plants to continued success.
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