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Today's Garden Center Reveals The 2015 Revolutionary 100 Garden Center List
Today's Garden Center recently released The Revolutionary 100 Garden Center List. The program, which began in 2006, surveys garden center owners and managers, throughout the country, on how they manage their businesses. The competition, open to all local garden centers, is on financial performance, management styles, merchandising, marketing, and any other areas that determine if a garden store thrives. SNA members Johnson Nursery and Garden Center, Cookeville, TN, Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., Ooltewah, TN, and White's Nursery & Greenhouses, Chesapeake, VA, made the list.SNA
Bailey Nurseries Acquires Plant Introductions, Inc.
Bailey Nurseries has announced its acquisition of Plant Introductions, Inc. (PII), which is now working as the breeding arm of Bailey Nurseries. Founded in 2007 by Mark Griffith, Jeff Beasley, and Dr. Michael Dirr, PII has a long history of introducing exceptional genetics, many of which have been introduced through our Endless Summer® and First Editions® brands. Dirr, Griffith and Beasley will remain on board as consultants for Bailey Nurseries in the coming years.
AgWorks H2 Announces Changes to Accompany Increased Use of the Federal H-2A Guestworker Program
Dan Bremer, President of AgWorks, Inc. and its H2 consulting affiliate, has announced changes to accompany increased use of the federal H-2A guestworker program. The H-2A program is the legal way agricultural employers fill seasonal positions when sufficient U.S. workers can’t be found. While H-2A visas are limited to temporary or seasonal jobs, H-2A workers can be readmitted to work for the same employer year after year. Employment terms and conditions are regulated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Worker admissions are regulated by Homeland Security and the Department of State.
Stop By and See Us at Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE), Mobile, AL and WinterGreen 2015, Duluth, GA
If you will be attending the Gulf States trade show in Mobile, AL or the WinterGreen trade show in Duluth, GA we hope you will stop by the SNA booth to say hello. We will have updated information on SNA 2015 as well as free copies of the Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops (v 3.0). Jan. is a busy month for us all as the winter trade show circuit began on Jan. 4 with the Western Trade Show in Kansas City, MO and will end with the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association Convention & Trade Show, Feb. 4-6, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, SC. And, be sure to put SNA 2015 on your calendar! The Southern Plant Conference will be held on July 21, with the SNA Regional Marketplace on July 22 and 23. We hope to see you there! For a complete list of industry events visit www.sna.org/page-1051889.
Connect With SNA Members
SNA provides you with a network of industry professionals to make your search for horticultural products and services easy. To locate a company or a person, Search the SNA Online Membership Directory. Or, to locate a product Search the SNA Member Products Directory. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help!
Welcome New Members
Christopher David, Ace of Gray
Dennis Simeone, Green Trade of Georgia, Jasper, GA
Brian McCaffrey, Sepro Corporation, Carmel, IN
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 email@example.com.
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.
Gulf States Horticultural Expo — Jan. 28-30
Scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28-30, 2015, Mobile, AL, with a full day of education on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and the trade show on Thursday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Jan. 30. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
TPIE Set for Jan. 21-23 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in warm and inviting South Florida. The TPIE Road Show (Garden Center and Interiorscape) will be held on Tuesday, January 20 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The trade show and various educational sessions and workshops will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21-Friday, Jan. 23. For more information or to register for TPIE, CLICK HERE.
WinterGreen 2015 Scheduled for Jan. 21-23 in Duluth, GA
WinterGreen 2015 opens Wednesday, Jan. 21 with a full day of education and the trade show will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 23. With more than 70 educational sessions there's something for everyone. New this year ... free 20-Minute Clinics on the trade show floor and Exhibit Hall Walkabouts with Drs. Allan Armitage and Michael Dirr. For more information or to register, CLICK HERE.
Kentucky Landscape Industries 2015 Winter Conference & Expo Set for Jan. 20-22
Each year the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association, Kentucky Arborists’ Association, Kentuckiana Greenhouse Association and University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service jointly sponsor the Kentucky landscape Industries Winter Conference. The workshops are designed to assist the green industry in Kentucky with key information to ensure businesses remain viable in this time of shrinking dollars. Join us for an outstanding program featuring three full days of education on Jan. 20-22, 2015 at the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in downtown Louisville. The Kentucky Landscape Industries Expo will also be held on Jan. 21-22, 2015 (also at KICC in Hall 1AB ).
The South Carolina Horticulture Industry Market Place & Seminars Scheduled for Feb. 4-6
The South Carolina Horticulture Industry Market Place & Seminars Scheduled for Feb. 4-6 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. Deadline for hotel group rates is Friday, January 16. For more details, CLICK HERE.
Liven Up Indoor And Outdoor Living With 24 New Tropicals And Foliage Plants
Lush, tropicals and foliage plants are great for interiorscaping, home decor and landscaping. Many are versatile enough to move from indoors to out and back again. An array of colors and foliage textures add to their appeal for container combinations. Here are some of the latest varieties available.
Chicago Botanic Gardens Talks Trends
Experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden have issued their predictions for the hottest home gardening trends in 2015. Here's the scoop.
Selling to Settled-In Millennials
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Reaching millennials and selling to them is an ongoing challenge for garden centers. The new GrowIt! Garden Socially app targets millennials between the ages of 28 and 32 – just the young customer every retailer hopes to attract. Before the app could be developed, however, Mason Day, co-founder (along with Seth Reed) of GrowIt!, needed to discover what works for such an age group.
Dealing With the Cold
Greenhouse Product News
Heating a greenhouse in a cold climate is always expensive, but that's especially true for some growers this year. Although natural gas remains relatively inexpensive, distribution costs have skyrocketed in some cases due to greater supply constraints, especially in New England. It's naturally tempting to reduce the greenhouse temperature so that less energy is consumed per day, but there are consequences to such actions that growers should understand.
Success Shortcut: Sell What the Other Guys Don't
By Fred Berns
All too many green industry professionals play the same game of selling. They focus exclusively on selling more perennials and plugs, or more mowing and maintenance, figuring that strategy alone will help them substantially grow their profits. The problem is that virtually all of their competitors — including the biggest of the big-box chain stores and franchise companies — have the same idea in mind. Simply pedaling more stuff and more services may be one way to attract more revenue. But at a time when competition is so fierce, it's not the best way,
Save Yourself the Trip
Lawn & Landscape
From travel time to tedious manual measuring, estimating can slow down contractors. To reclaim lost time, Nate Harmon of Harmon & Sons Lawn Care Specialists started using mapping software six years ago to bid fertilization, weed and pest control services. By leveraging mapping software to virtually measure prospective properties, contractors can save time and money.
The Right Cross
Raymond Evison has been fascinated with clematis for more than 50 years, and he believes there is still more work to be done with the plant. He raised his first new clematis cultivar when he was 18 years old. He named it Edith, after his mother. Now 70, the legendary British breeder is showing no signs of slowing.
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10 Tips for Recycling Irrigation Water
Efficient water use and reuse is a crucial issue for growers. Here are 10 quick and easy tips to remember.
1 Size Does Not Fit All
In a world where you can customize anything from cell phones to M&M candies to cars, greenhouses are no exception. When the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) suddenly needed a new greenhouse, they knew that a custom solution would be the best fit for their needs.
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