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Dr. Charlie Hall to Keynote SNA 2015
SNA
Economist and professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M University and holder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture will be the featured keynote speaker at SNA 2015. Hall will present A Preview of Economic and Structural Trends Impacting the Green Industry in 2016. While the demand for green industry products and services has been picking up the last couple of years, the future of the green industry is still at a crossroads. On the one hand, a rosy (pardon the horticultural pun) picture can be painted. But on the other hand, there are many challenges looming. Join Charlie as he picks his way among the thorny issues (economic, demographic, and otherwise) and elaborates on exactly what actions are needed to keep your business "blooming" in the coming year. SNA 2015 will take place July 21-23, 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA.
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SNA 2015 Scheduled for July 21-23
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The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced preliminary plans for SNA 2015, scheduled for July 21-23, 2015, at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). SNA 2015 is a fusion of The Southern Plant Conference (July 21), the SNA Research Conference (July 21-22), the 117th Annual SNA Business Meeting (July 23), the SNA State Officer's Conference (July 24), and the SNA Regional Marketplace (July 22-23) and provides the perfect platform for networking, learning, sourcing, launching new products, and cultivating new business relationships. More details of SNA 2015 will be available in the coming weeks.
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Retired SCNLA Secretary and SNA Honorary Member Graham Hawkins Passes Away
SNA
It is with regret and sorrow that we announce the death of Graham E. Hawkins, Jr., retired secretary of the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (SCNLA), SNA Honorary Member (1996), and husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" Hawkins, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at noon on Saturday, February 28 at the James A. McAlister funeral home, 1620 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. Visitation will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (SCNLA) Research Endowment Fund, 4661 Crystal Dr, Columbia, SC 29206.
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Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application Available
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The scholarship application process is now open for the 2015 scholarship awards. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are awarded, through a competitive process, administered by a selection committee based on academics, character, determination, probability of a career in horticulture, and financial need. In 2014, twelve $1,500 scholarships were awarded, totaling $18,000. Deadline for submission is May 29, 2015. Selections will be made by July 1, and recipients will be notified soon thereafter. Awards will be made July 22 in Atlanta during SNA 2015. For complete details and to download an application package CLICK HERE.
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Connect With SNA Members
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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 mail@sna.org, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help! We invite you to join SNA today!
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SNA Career Network
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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.

Latest Listing: Smith-Gilbert Gardens Seeks Horticulture Technician
Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre collector's garden located in the north metro Atlanta community of Kennesaw. The Gardens are comprised of diverse settings within 16 acres with over 3,000 species of plants, several rare in American gardens. Notable Garden areas include a nationally-recognized bonsai collection, the Palladino camellia garden, the cedar field and rose garden, and an American Conifer Society Reference Garden. Interested candidates should apply through the City of Kennesaw HR Department. Additional information can be found on the City's website (www.kennesaw-ga.gov).

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SNA Industry Event Calendar
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For a quick view of upcoming events hosted by SNA and other State and National Associations see the SNA Industry Events Calendar.
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 REGIONAL NEWS


ALNLA Executive Director James Harwell Announces Retirement
Alabama-ALNLA
During the recent membership meeting at the Gulf States Horticulture Expo in Mobile, James Harwell, ALNLA executive director for the last 10 years, officially announced his retirement effective in early 2016. James has devoted many years to our industry, and to the association specifically. His leadership and hard work has advanced the industry in the state of Alabama more than will be realized for a long time. The ANLA Board of Directors has been working diligently for almost a year developing a succession plan for this very moment. They have full confidence in the planning and processes that have been established that they will find the right individual to fill this role. A formal search committee has been formed and approved by the board that will lead them through this process and make a recommendation on a potential candidate(s) to the board for final approval.
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Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association Convention Set In Historic City of Coral Gables
Florida-FNGLA
South Florida history runs deep in Coral Gables where FNGLA’s Annual Convention will take place on June 12 and 13, 2015 at the Westin Colonnade. Not only can you enjoy the history of the area during FNGLA’s convention, you can also take advantage of the best of modern conveniences, including a free trolley to travel the community. Likewise, FNGLA’s Annual Convention is a celebration of the Association’s past, present and future! So, make sure you’ve got the dates June 12 and 13 marked for your future! More details to come once the complete program is finalized and registration becomes available.
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Have You Registered for GGIA's 2nd Annual Spring Into Color 5K Dash?
Georgia-GGIA
We invite you join us for the 2nd Annual Georgia Green Industry Association, Spring Into Color 5K Dash! Last year, we drew over 750+ runners! Come experience some fun in the wildest 5K you've ever seen! Run, Walk, Crawl, or cartwheel if you wish, your way through a bombardment of color and find yourself wearing a COLORFUL Dash of spring colors when you reach the finish line. Have a blast and benefit some awesome charities in the process!
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MNLA Changes Name to Reflect Growth
Maryland-MNLA
The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) announced that it has expanded its reach to become The Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association or MNLGA. The approval for such action was granted by the membership at the MNLA’s annual meeting in January. The change comes as a result of the planned dissolution of the former Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association and the invitation for those members to join the existing and renamed association.
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2015 Western Nursery & Landscape Association Award Winners Announced
Missouri
The Western Nursery & Landscape Association presented the following awards at our 125th Anniversary reception. Western Legend Award: Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling Nursery. Outstanding State Association Leader Awards - Oklahoma: Rodd Moesel, American Plant Products & Services. Outstanding State Association Leader Awards — Kansas: Darrell Westervelt, Blueville Nursery, Inc. Outstanding State Association Leader Awards — Missouri: Kim Lovelace-Young, Forrest Keeling Nursery.
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39th Annual PLANET Student Career Days at North Carolina State University — March 12-15
North Carolina
Attend the 39th annual PLANET Student Career Days and National Collegiate Landscape Competition, held from March 12-15, 2015. North Carolina State University is hosting 850+ students from the nations top horticulture and landscape programs while they compete in over 28 team and individual competitions.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


AmericanHort Announces New Board
Greenhouse Grower
AmericanHort recently announced the election of new officers and members to the board of directors. Dale Deppe of Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Mich., was elected chairman of the board of directors, and Terri Cantwell of Bates Sons & Daughters in Lake Placid, FL, was elected the vice chairman. Mark Foertmeyer of Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouses in Delaware, Ohio, will become the immediate past chairman.
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2015 Is the Year of the Sweet Pepper
American Nurseryman
The National Garden Bureau chose 2015 as the year of the sweet pepper. The sweet pepper is also a nutritional powerhouse, a serving of the most popular type in the USA, the sweet bell, contains more vitamin C than the average orange, a generous amount of vitamin E and many antioxidants with only 29 calories. Peppers have high nutrient levels at any stage but are the most beneficial when eaten fully ripe.
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The PGR Ancymidol
Greenhouse Product News
A-Rest and Abide are two plant growth retardants (PGRs) that contain the active ingredient ancymidol. They aren't as commonly used in floriculture as most other PGRs, which could be attributed to ancymidol's cost. However, there are some potential upsides to this PGR including its intermediate strength and moderate residual effect relative to other PGRs. When effective at low rates, it can be a cost-effective option, particularly for high-value crops such as ornamental plugs and liners.
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Worth the Work
Lawn & Landscape
Annuals pack a serious punch when it comes to boosting curb appeal and adding interest. For many, the bright colors and the stunning blooms make it worth the investment in these one-season flowers. In fact, it seems that cost has become even less of a factor as we go into a new year. The latest trends seem to focus on maintenance, sustainability and beauty. We spoke to some growers and greenhouses nationwide to get their take on what's going to be popular in 2015.
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How The Garden Barn Nursery Uses Signage To Capture Their Customers' Attention
Today's Garden Center
This past year, The Garden Barn Nursery in Vernon, Connecticut, decided to update its logo and in-store signage, while also adding what it calls “sneak-peak” signage. According to Dustyn Nelson, business development coordinator for The Garden Barn Nursery, signage is the silent sales team. “Just as every sales team has to look good for the job, so does the signage,” Nelson says. “We are vigilant about replacing signs as they fade or age.”
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A Flair for Flowers
Greenhouse Management
As in any visual art based business, driving and keeping up with trends are important parts of a successful cut flower operation. In order to be attractive to your target customer, you have to know what external visual trends they're responding to, be it home decor, gardening or clothing styles. Relevancy is key to market share, so being on trend should be a constant pursuit of everyone in the green industry supply chain; for the grower or the retailer.
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