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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 2014 Sets the Stage for Positive Growth
SNA 2014, held July 22-24 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, saw positive energy and encouraging signs of growth further demonstrating the resilience of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), a 115-year-old professional trade organization representing the horticulture industry in the Southeastern U.S and the industry in general. For the second year, this regional event proved to be another success based on comments echoed by both exhibitors and attendees. The mood was remarkably upbeat as industry professionals from all sectors of the industry, including breeders, growers, manufacturers, landscapers, retailers, service providers, research and education, gathered for the three-day event. SNA 2014 attracted an impressive list of exhibitors and key decision-making buyers, and serious business was conducted during the two-day marketplace. Many exhibitors reported strong interest in their products and writing large orders before noon on the first day of the show. There were numerous new products to see and get excited about.
SNA Unveils New SNA Mobile App at SNA 2014
Just in Time for SNA 2014, SNA partnered with Sunrise Marketing to create a new SNA mobile app that has people talking! This new app allowed SNA 2014 attendees to engage more fully and offered 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. Using Apple's new iBeacon technology, the SNA app interacted with beacons to deliver contextual marketing messages as well as videos, instant coupons and more. These beacons were deployed at SNA 2014 sponsor booth, which were designated in the exhibitor tab on the app. These booths were equipped with beacons to demonstrate a variety of functions. Future plans for the SNA mobile app include SNA membership listing and more. Watch for details!
The Garden Center Group Awards 11 Exhibitors Retailers' Choice Awards at SNA 2014
Sid Raisch, The Garden Center Group, who led the search for the most unique and innovative products displayed at SNA 2014 with potential to be best sellers in the garden center, presented eleven Retailers' Choice Awards™ on the SNA Stage as follows:
A.M. Leonard – Stainless Steel Soil Knife
Avant – Avant Articulated Telescoping Multi-Function Loader
First Editions (Bailey Nurseries) – Crimson Fire Fringe Flower
Sunrise Marketing – ePunch Mobile App with iBeacon
Liquid Fence (United Industries) – EcoLogic Weed & Grass Killer
Good Ideas – Impressions Rain Barrel Planter
Marlboro Bulb Company – Jack’s Giant Elephant Ear
Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI) – Lemon Lime Nandina
Jackson Nursery – Garden Debut Magic Fountain Weeping Persimmon
Star Roses (Hackney Nursery Company) – Sapphire Indigo Groundcover
Zanfel – Zanfel Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Wash
In addition to the Retailers' Choice Awards™, Bracy's Nursery, Amite, La., received Best in Show/Green Goods Award and Super Lawn Trucks, Fort Valley, GA, received Best in Show/Allied Products Award.
SNA 2014 Announces 2014 Award Recipients
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2014 SNA Awards. The awards were presented at the 116th Annual SNA Business Meeting on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Georgia International Convention Center during SNA 2014. Awards recipients are as follows:
Slater Wight Memorial Award: Dr. Tom Yeager, Professor, Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville, FL
David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award:Ty Strode, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Agri-Starts, Apopka, FL
SNA Pinnacle Award: Warren Lockeby, Regional Sales Manager, Nursery Supplies, Orlando, FL
Porter Henegar Memorial Award: Dr. Sandra Reed, Retired Research Geneticist, U.S. National Arboretum, Atlanta, GA
Don Shadow Award of Excellence: Margie Y. Jenkins, Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, LA
SNA Honorary Member Awards: Dr. Allan Armitage, Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia (retired Jan, 2014); Margie Y. Jenkins, Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, LA
For complete award information and bios, READ MORE.
SNA 2014-2015 Officers Elected at 115th SNA Annual Business Meeting
Officers of the Southern Nursery Association who will serve for the 2014-2015 year were elected during the 115th SNA Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 24. The complete slate of officers is as follows:
Richard May, President, May Nursery, Havana, FL
Michael Hobbs, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 3, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN
Dusty Knight, Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL
Joe Napoli, Director Chapter 2, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA
Norman Cole, III, Director Chapter 1, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV
Jeff Howell, Immediate Past President, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS
More details on the newly elected SNA Board will be available in the weeks to come.
Welcome New Members
Rob Summers, Nursery Supplies, London, OH
Greg Huber, Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin, GA
Peter Calebrese, Turtle Brook Nursery, Winston, 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.
Garden Center Assistant Manager, Scottsdale Farms Garden Center & Nursery, Alpharetta, GA
Landscape Designer, Scottsdale Farms Garden Center & Nursery, Alpharetta, GA
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.
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.
Our Sincere Condolences
Georgia - GGIA
We are sad to inform you of the passing of Jim Garner, Executive Director of the Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville, GA. James Marshall Garner, 63, of Eatonton, died Sunday, July 6, 2014. He was a third generation Atlantian who grew up in Ansley Park and graduated from Henry W. Grady High School. His interest in plants was engendered at an early age working in his grandmother's garden in Druid Hills and a neighbor's orchid greenhouses in Ansley Park. James is survived by his wife, Susan; his son, James Clayton (Grace) Garner of St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex; grandson Michael Augustus Garner; granddaughter, Iceni Elizabeth Garner; sister, Barbara Garner Andrews of Brunswick; and innumerable friends, co-workers, students, and garden-lovers. Jim was happiest touring the great gardens of the United Kingdom, and he will be remembered for his commitment to public horticulture, his keen intellect, and his generous spirit. Memorial donations may be made to Lockerly Arboretum, P.O. Box 310, Milledgeville, GA 31059. Read the full obituary.
Japanese Beetles Return to Georgia
Georgia - UGA Extension
This past winter was ideal for Japanese beetle grubs and home and commercial gardeners are suffering through a resurgence of adult beetles this summer. The severity of local Japanese beetle populations varies depending on temperature and soil moisture. Most surveys indicate that Japanese beetles do not occur further south than the "fall line" between Macon and Augusta in Georgia. If you've fought Japanese Beetles before, there's a good chance they will return to your landscape — especially if your have some of their preferred plants.
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 and $15 at the door. Non-member pre-registration is $10 and $25 at the door.
Texas - TNLA
Join us in San Antonio, Texas, August 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.
2nd Set of Retail Product Awards Presented in Atlanta
Retailers' Choice Awards were presented to 11 exhibiting firms at SNA 2014 during a presentation on the exhibit hall stage. The Garden Center Group's Sid Raisch led the retailer search. Products were selected specifically for garden retailers in search of the best new products both live goods and hard goods for their stores. A special thank you to all retailers participating in the Retailers' Choice Awards selection process. The awards at SNA 2014 was a joint presentation by SNA and The Garden Center Group.
Proposed Worker Protection Standard Changes You Need to Know About
In an effort to give agricultural workers the same level of protection as workers in other industries, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed various updates and revisions to the current worker protection regulations for pesticides. In a Cultivate'14 presentation, held in Columbus, Ohio, Mary Ann Rose, director of the Pesticide Safety Education Program for the state of Ohio, covered the proposed changes in-depth with greenhouse and nursery professionals.
Spray It or Spread It?
Lawn & Landscape
Knowing whether to use a sprayer or a spreader for lawn care applications isn't an easy task. These pros' pointers can get you spraying or spreading in the right direction.
Find Your Star Customers
You've been in this business for a while, and you know your customers. You know their preferences when it comes to boxwood or hydrangea or which maple cultivars they like. Maybe you even know what kind of car they drive or what sports their kids play. But what about the final consumer? If your nursery has a retail element, you are directly involved with the end consumer. But understanding the consumer is important for wholesale nurseries that are a few steps removed from the homeowner planting that shrub or tree in their yard.
Delayed Spring Brings Opportunities
Today's Garden Center
For the 2014 State Of The Industry report, Today's Garden Center reached out to some of this year's Revolutionary 100 regional winners to get their take on customer needs and attitudes, sales trends in major categories and the biggest factors affecting their business, both positively and negatively.
Hort Couture Introduces 2 New Basil Varieties for Spring 2015
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Hort Couture recently introduced two new basil varieties to its Culinary Couture Collection for Spring 2015 – "Chocolate Swirl" and "Giant Purple." Basil PESTO "Chocolate Swirl" is a new vegetative basil that is not only a valuable culinary variety with rich, pungent foliage but has aesthetic good looks to make it a show stopper for beds or containers.
Salt-of-the-Earth Plants — Easing the Pain of Drought
Greenhouse Product News
Water shortage and poor water quality are critical challenges to gardening and landscaping in many regions of the world and will no doubt continue to challenge our industry. With rapid increases in urban populations and industrial development, the competition for fresh water has increased among agricultural, industrial and municipal water users. Urban landscape irrigation water accounts for 40 to 60 percent of total municipal water use during summer months in the Southwest, and is restricted by many municipalities during drought periods.
All-America Selections Announces 1st 6 AAS Winners for 2015
All-America Selections announced the first of the AAS Winners for the 2015 gardening season. The July announcement introduces four regional winners and two national winners, all of which are vegetables, reflecting the continued interest of consumers in edible gardens.
A 'New' Old Disease
Elm yellows, formerly known as "elm phloem necrosis," is a deadly disease of American (Ulmus americana), red (Ulmus rubra) and winged (Ulmus alata) elm. The disease, which in the early '90s devastated elm populations in the Northeastern, Midwestern and Southern United States, is starting to reemerge most likely because of the reintroduction of Dutch elm disease-resistant cultivars of American elm into the landscape.
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