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 ASSOCIATION NEWS


SNA Gains Major Media Sponsors for SNA 2015
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced GIE Media will be a Media Sponsor for SNA 2015. GIE Media, through their industry publications (Nursery Management, Garden Center, Greenhouse Management and Lawn & Landscape) will provide promotional support for SNA 2015.
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Register Online for SNA 2015 by July 17 for a Chance to Win an iPad
SNA
SNA 2015 registration is now open. All SNA 2015 Attendees that register online by July 17 will automatically be entered in a drawing to win an iPad! Register before July 17 and save on the cost of registration and get a chance to be a winner! No registrations will be processed after July 17. After July 17 you must pre-register on-site. REGISTER NOW.
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Southern Plant Conference Speaker Cast Revealed: 8 Hours with 16 Top Plantsmen = 1 Rare Opportunity
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the lineup of speakers for the 14th Southern Plant Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2015, during SNA 2015, at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). The conference, sponsored by HIP Labels, Inc., and Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse at exciting new plants coming to market. Each year, the cast of speakers for this extraordinary conference continues to top the previous year – and this year is no exception!
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SNA 2015 Educational Sessions to Feature 10 Leading Industry Experts
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the lineup of speakers for SNA 2015 Educational Sessions. These sessions, presented by the Georgia Green Industry Association, will be held on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23, during SNA 2015, at Atlanta's Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). This year's sessions, featuring top industry experts, will cover topics on hiring, collections, breeding, plant control, wireless water sensors, free resources and more.
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SNA 2015 Brochure at Press
SNA
The SNA 2015 Brochure is at press and will be mailed this week. This promotional piece will contain full program information on The SNA Regional Marketplace, The Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, the Educational Sessions, registration and hotel information – and more. But in the meantime you can find all of this information on the SNA website at www.sna.org or download the SNA 2015 Brochure pdf.
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Call for Titles Deadline Extended to Monday, May 11
SNA
The 60th Annual SNA Research Conference, hosted by the Southern Nursery Association, will be held July 21-22, 2015, in conjunction with SNA 2015, at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta. This two-day event will feature the best in horticultural research. All industry researchers are invited to participate in this conference by submitting your title(s) by May 11, 2015, and your paper(s) by June 15. For more details visit the SNA WEBSITE. Or CLICK HERE to download the 2015 Research Conference Call for Titles.
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Only 3 Weeks Remaining to Apply for the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship!
SNA
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 at the SNA Research Conference Luncheon during SNA 2015. For complete details and to download an application package CLICK HERE.
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$20,000 in Scholarships Available for Horticulture Students Through HRI
SNA
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year. These scholarships are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. Applications must be completed using the HRI online application form. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2015. For complete details visit the HRI website.
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Welcome new SNA members
SNA
Jim Berry, J. Berry Nursery, Grand Saline, TX
Dr. Joseph Albano, University of Florida/IFAS/Mid-Florida REC, Apopka, FL
Chelsea Turner, Aurora University, Aurora, IL

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A Special Thank You to Our Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
SNA
Platinum, Gold and Silver Members elect to pay an additional amount over the standard dues of $125 annually to support the efforts of the association. We would like to thank these members for their generous contributions and additional support to help us advance the horticulture industry in the Southeast! In this edition of the SNA eNews we will feature our Silver members. Watch for a listing of Platinum and Gold Members in future editions.
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SNA Platinum Members
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Wayne Sawyer, Bennett's Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA
Fred Fisher, Fisher's Landscaping, Hattiesburg, MS
George Hackney, Hackney Nursery Company, Greensboro, FL
Mike Dudley, R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Thomas, GA

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Connect With SNA Members
SNA
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
SNA
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.
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SNA Industry Event Calendar
SNA
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


2014/2015 IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Survey
Alabama-ALNLA
Dr. Charles Gilliam is asking for your help in responding to the IR-4 survey that they are conducting in preparation for the 2015 IR-4 ornamental workshop that will be held in October. They are asking researchers to send this survey out to their grower community so that we can get feedback in time for priority setting. The link to the survey can be found here.
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Alabama Green Industry Training Center Upcoming Classes and Recertification Points Opportunities
Alabama-ALNLA
Ornamental and Turf Pest Control Review, Setting of Landscape Plants (SLP) Exam Preparation, IPM Class Series: Swarming Bugs — Termites & Ants, and more is available. For a complete list of classes go to the AGITC website.
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GGIA to Host Educational Seminars at SNA 2015
Georgia-GGIA
The Georgia Green Industry Association will offer an expanded lineup of educational sessions at SNA 2015 this year. This year's sessions include: Collections Law Basics, Pearson Beardsley, Beardsley, P.C.; Breeding Landscape Plants with Ecological Function, Dr. John Ruter, Carol Robacker, Dayton Wilde and J.C. Poythress, University of Georgia; Looking for Better or More People?, Tony Bass, Super Lawn Technologies; Invasive Non-Native Plant Control, Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia and Brian Arnold, SongBird LandCare; Horticulture Resources at Your Fingertips!, Dr. Matthew Chappell, University of Georgia; and, Increasing Profitability Using Sensor-Based Precision, Dr. Paul Thomas, University of Georgia.
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SCHI Trade Show & Seminars Set for Jan. 21-23, 2016
South Carolina-SCNLA
The South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association has announced the SCHI Trade Show & Seminars, normally held in February, will be held January 21-23, 2016. The event is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, go to www.scnla.com or call 803.743.4284.
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Industry Leader Robert Paul Warhurts, Founder of Merrifield Garden Center, Passed Away on April 29 at 76
Virginia-VNLA
On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Robert Paul "Bob" Warhurst, 76, passed away at his home in Fairfax, Virginia, after a long battle with cancer. On the last full day of his life, Bob was surrounded by family and friends before he passed peacefully early the next morning under the care of Hospice. Bob Warhurst was the co-owner and co-founder of Merrifield Garden Center, a large garden center, nursery and landscaping company with three locations in Northern Virginia. Bob started the garden center in 1971 with his good friend and neighbor Buddy Williams.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


6 Ways to Boost Sales Over Mother's Day Weekend
Today's Garden Center
Looking for a last-minute inspiration for Mother's Day? Here's what some Revolutionary 100 garden centers have planned for this weekend's activities.
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18 New Grasses to Grow
Greenhouse Grower
Ornamental grasses fit in with the needs of today's landscapers and consumers better than ever. They are pest free, low maintenance and drought tolerant and come in such a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors that there are varieties to suit every situation. Whether your customers are looking for creative solutions for patio containers or a mass planting in a landscape, some of the 18 new varieties included here are sure to meet the need.
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New H-2B Regulations Affect Recruiting, Wages Determination
Lawn & Landscape
The Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security have issued an interim final rule regarding H-2B processes. The new rule regulating the H-2B labor certification process is "virtually identical" to a similar 2012 rule, according to the departments.
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SAF Urges Key Lawmakers to Support Pollinator Health Research Funding
American Nurseryman
The Society of American Florists joined with dozens of groups from agriculture and beyond in April to call on Congress to increase funding for important research on pollinator health.
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Weed Scientists Define 'Superweed'
Nursery Management
The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) joined with six sister organizations to recommend a new definition for superweed – a catchall term used by many to describe weeds that are perceived to be more invasive and to grow more aggressively after developing resistance to herbicides.
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Low-Cost Temporary Growing Space
Greenhouse Management
The need for growing space reaches a peak in late spring before the start of the shipping season. What you need is some temporary growing space for a few weeks. Here are a few ideas that may help tide you over.
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