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9 Students Awarded Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards at SNA 2014
Nine students from four universities were presented cash awards totaling $3,000 for their presentations during the Bryson L. James Student Competition held during the 59th SNA Research Conference at SNA 2014. The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, TN, a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for over 30 years. In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.
Bracy's Nursery and Super Lawn Trucks Recognized at SNA 2014 for Outstanding Displays
Two exhibitors, Bracy's Nursery, Amite, LA, and Super Lawn Trucks, Fort Valley, GA, were recognized for their outstanding products and displays at SNA 2014 and presented Best in Show Awards. Bracy's Nursery received the Best in Show/Green Goods and Super Lawn Trucks received the Best in Show/Allied Products. Bracy's Nursery is a full-line 150-acre container nursery specializes in trees and shrubs for the South for both the landscape contractor and retailer. The Super Lawn Truck (SLT) is a highly specialized landscaping truck system for storage and transport of all the tools needed to operate a super efficient and profitable company.
SNA Past Presidents Meet at SNA 2014
Carrying on the tradition of an annual meeting, a group of twenty gathered for the SNA Past Presidents' Club Dinner on Wednesday, July 23, during SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The evening started with a toast to the past and present leaders of SNA followed by an update and open discussion of past and future goals. The dinner was held at the Georgia International Convention Center immediately following the SNA 2014 Opening Day Reception.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership at SNA 2014
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership was on hand at SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA, to introduce the Living Legacy Tree Planting Project, an initiative of national significance to appropriately commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, to those attending SNA 2014 in Atlanta. The Living Legacy Tree Planting Project is a sweeping and ambitious effort to plant or dedicate a tree for each of the 750,000 soldiers who died during the America Civil War. Each tree is geotaged to share the name of the soldier, where he was born, where he died and include the story of the soldier's life. Just weeks prior to traveling down to SNA 2014, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership hosted its most recent tree dedication ceremony, which took place June 29th at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg, VA. These particular trees were planted adjacent to Oatlands property along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, which was designated by Congress as 99th scenic byway in the country. Oatlands is at the geographical center of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway and is as one of two National Trust for Historic Preservation sites within the corridor. The property is also widely known for its beautiful and historic trees on site. The June 29 event marked the seventh planting ceremony to date.
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SNA Industry Event Calendar
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FNGLA Welcomes New Director of Association Services
Florida - FNGLA
FNGLA is pleased to announce Billy Deal has joined the FNGLA staff team as Director of Association Services. A fifth-generation central Floridian, Billy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both marketing and horticulture.
WINTERgreen 2015 Exhibitor Deadline Is Approaching Aug. 22, 2014
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Georgia - GGIA
The registration deadline to reserve your preferred booth space for WINTERgreen 2015 show is approaching. Keep in mind the deadline is Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. We will work with you on alternate payments plans if necessary, but you must call to arrange these. We cannot ensure your 2014 booth location unless we have your contract with deposit or we have agreed upon a payment plan. After Aug. 22, we will open up the floor to new exhibitors. CONTACT GGIA FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Fall Armyworms in Turf
Georgia - University of Georgia Extension
In late summer, almost every year, caterpillars invade turfgrass throughout Georgia. The damage to established turf is mostly aesthetic, but newly sodded or sprigged areas can be more severely damaged or even killed. While there are several caterpillars that can damage turfgrass, in late summer most of the problems are from fall army worms. Hot, dry weather can intensify fall armyworm problems when egg-laying adults concentrate their eggs in irrigated, green turf. At least some cultivars of all warm season grasses are susceptible. Cool season grasses like tall fescue are very favorable for fall armyworm growth and development too, and do not regenerate as readily as the stoloniferous grasses.
Brent Saterlee (1971 - 2014)
Oklahoma - OKNLA
Brent Satterlee, born Nov. 12, 1971, passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014. Brent was more or less born into the nursery and landscape business, working summers at an early age at the family's Satterlee Landscape Nursery. He attended OSU-OKC for 2 1/2 years to hone his natural landscape design abilities and love of plants. He always said he was a PLANT GEEK. He was a past officer of the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association and a life member of the Oklahoma Horticultural Society.
Be a Part of the 1st Annual Landscaper Games
Oklahoma - OKNLA
Test your skills against fellow landscapers and show Oklahoma that your crew is the best statewide. Win cash, landscaping prizes and the title "The 2014 Oklahoma Landscaping Champion," complete with trophy and bragging rights. Round One deals with plant identification. If you pass, Round Two is a hands-on test of your skills and prowess. The Games will be held during the ONLA Convention and Trade Show, Thursday, Sept. 25 and Friday, Sept. 26 and is free to open all landscape contractors and their employees. REGISTER NOW.
Better Safe Than Sorry
A safe environment fosters a loyal and happy workforce and it cuts down on certain costs. Safety doesn't just happen — it's discussed and documented. Every nursery needs a safety plan. And if you have one, when's the last time you reviewed it or updated it? It's something you should review at least annually, says Gary Hanson, president of American Safety & Health Management Consultants. Hanson works with green industry companies to develop culture-based safety programs.
Native plants are increasingly seen as necessary cogs in the ecological wheel that promote clean water, ensure wildlife habitat, and provide a food source for animals. They're also seen as a sustainable way to grow plants in a landscape because native plants need less water than domesticated bedding plants and require virtually no chemical inputs.
Award-Winning Products for Your Independent Garden Center
Lawn & Garden Retailer
"This July at AmericanHort's Cultivate'14 in Columbus, Ohio, my socks were knocked off. Yet it wasn't the work of a single product, but the collective significance of 10," writes Pete Mihalek. Those 10, in no particular order, are: Organic Plant Magic plant food, MagnaMoist's g-Bloom containers, hops from Leo Berbee Bulb Co., Anthura's Ravello orchid, Plug Connection's Pixie Grape, Spotlights from Very Cool Stuff, Weeks Roses' "Carmine Jewel" bush cherry, new introductions from Hort Couture, Spring Meadow Nursery's honeysuckle "Sugar Mountain Blue" and Cohen Propagation's "Happy Magic Giant Dijon" petunia.
Landscaping by the Numbers
Lawn & Landscape
Like so many green industry entrepreneurs, Taylor Milliken, president of Milosi in Tennessee, kept a lot of vital business information in his head. And on white boards. And legal pads. And in Microsoft Word and Excel documents. The informal system meant a lot of double-entry and, sometimes, a lot of scrambling to find necessary information.
Kelly Norris Talks Gen X and Y and Future of Gardening at Cultivate'14
In a talk at Cultivate'14, Gardening With a Y — Getting To Know Your Customers, Kelly Norris of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden touched on the issues surrounding Generation X and Y gardeners, and what the future holds for horticulture. According to Norris, consumer confidence is up, but sales in the industry are still flat. To solve that, we have to find a dynamic structure that’s sustainable for generations, and one way to do that is to convince consumers of the importance of gardening, Norris said.
Drought Is the Driver at The Natural Gardener
Today's Garden Center
John Dromgoole of The Natural Gardener in Austin, Texas, says he has noticed a continual slow movement towards water issues and the home landscape. "Large areas of lawns are being reduced to islands of perennials (native and other adapted plants), butterfly gardens and outdoor rooms," he said. He also noted organics continue to spread.
Deadline Nears for AFE Internship Applications
Greenhouse Product News
The deadline for online applications for the American Floral Endowment Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program and the Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program is Oct. 1, 2014.
Getting to the Roots: Production Effects on Tree Root Growth and Morphology
Demand for locally grown trees in the Northeast has increased over the past several years, as nursery production in this region has decreased and supplies have dwindled across the country. The Northeast imports much of its nursery stock from the mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, but with rising freight costs and increased interest in buying local products, it may be time to re-examine the potential for more local nursery stock production. At the same time, environmental concerns have been raised concerning the removal of prime native soil inherent in some production practices.
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