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Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL Elected SNA President
Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2014-2015 term were elected during the 115th annual meeting held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, during SNA 2014. Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL, was elected president succeeding Jeff Howell, Rocky Creek Nurseries, Lucedale, AL. Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN, was elected Vice President. Two new industry leaders joining the SNA Board this year are Joseph Napoli and Norman Cole, III.
Newly-elected SNA President Richard May, Sales, Research and Development, May Nursery, Havana, FL, began working at the family nursery in 1990 at age 13 as a summer job spacing plants. He has done virtually every job at the nursery working summers from middle school up through college until he began full-time employment in 2002. Since working at May Nursery in a permanent capacity he has managed Weed control, Pruning, Sales, and Research and Development. Richard now splits his time between sales, production scheduling, purchasing, quality control and pruning for the entire nursery. Richard holds two B.S. degrees from Auburn University: B.S. Agriculture Economics and B.S. Horticulture – Ornamental Production. He is a graduate of the Wedgeworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Class VII (2007-2009). He is an active member of the International Plant Propagators Society (2003 – present). Treasurer for the Gadsden County, FL Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a youth leader and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, FL. Richard's grandfather Fount May, Sr. was an SNA board member and President of SNA in 1987. Richard was raised attending every SNA show as a child from the early 1980's to the present. He is an avid plant collector and has extensive collections of hydrangeas, azaleas, daylilies, rhododendrons, perennials and native plants.
Joseph Napoli, founder and conductor of The Athens Master Chorale (1989 to present), holds music degrees from Florida State University and The University of South Florida. Napoli performed throughout North America with the Metropolitan Opera National Company during its inaugural 1965 season. He later taught public school for fourteen years in Tampa, Florida before moving to Athens and establishing Athens Wholesale Nursery (1984). Joe served as chairman of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) (2003) and was awarded the GGIA Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional of the Year Award (2004). He is a founding member of the Athens Georgia Nursery Growers Association and served as chairman (2004). He has served as the chairman for the Classic Center Authority (2012). Napoli has been a strong supporter of the SNA and an exhibitor since 1985. Joe says that blending gardening and music gives him balance and perspective in life.
Norman Cole, III, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV, is recognized as an industry leader in cutting-edge plant development, including his Highlander and Little Missy boxwoods. Founded in 1937, Cole Nurseries is a 200-acre farm consisting primarily of woody ornamentals and trees that are unique to the area. Boxwoods are Cole Nurseries’ top sellers. Norman holds a B.S. Horticulture from Virginia Tech. He contributes much of his success to an internship at Shadow Nursery after he graduated from college where Don Shadow provided him with many contacts he still uses today to help bring in new products. Norman has served on the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association board and currently serves as Vice President. He as served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS (2012) and remains on the board as a director.
For the complete slate of 2014-2015 officers READ MORE.
State Officers Meet at SNA 2014
State officers from nine of the sixteen states within the SNA region attended the 2014 SNA State Officers' Conference on Friday, July 25 following the conclusion of SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. A total of 32 people gathered for this annual gathering of state execs and board members, including representation from AmericanHort and two guests speakers, Tim Whorton, ONPEAK, and Richard Maples, Shepard Exposition Services, who delivered a presentation on industry trends.
Crown Bees Offers Solutions to Pollination Challenges
As bee death and colony collapse remains in the mainstream media headlines with much controversy of the cause, it becomes imperative that we all support saving our bees. Whether the bee decline is due to pesticides, decline in food sources, stress or other factors, we can all do our part to help raise awareness — and even raise bees! Although most of the focus has been on honey bees, we all know that other bees also play a vital role in the pollination of our food supply. A program, recently awarded The Garden Center Group's Retailers' Choice Award™ was discovered at the 2014 Farwest trade show in Portland, Oregon. Crown Bees™ has designed an innovative marketing program to help wholesale clients sell bees and bee products to create awareness and drive customers to their stores.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help!
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.
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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.
AU Landscape School, Patterson Greenhouse Complex, Auburn University, Sept. 26, 2014
Alabama Green Industry Training Center
The summer season is winding down, and it is time to make plans to attend the Fall AU Landscape School! Come learn about innovative landscape trends, insect identification out in the landscape, pre-emergent herbicide choices for landscape beds, and the update on Boxwood Blight & other diseases. This event approved by ADAI for 10 points in OTPS/OTPC/D&R.
The 2014 Landscape Show, Sept. 25-27, Orlando, FL
Florida - FNGLA
For 2014, The Landscape Show will feature over 400 industry vendors in 800 booth spaces; dozens of educational programs; industry CEUs; peer-to-peer exchange, FNGLA Landscape Award winners; and lots of additional opportunities to connect, learn and grow your business. The Knowledge College continues to be the go-to educational conference for those seeking in-depth learning from industry professionals and experts. Sessions are fee-based and are some of the best industry educational opportunities in the state for landscape, IGC and business professionals within the nursery industry.
Annual RoundUp Set for Oct. 25
Georgia - GGIA
The annual fund raising event was created for two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fundraising event which benefits the Partnership in Sustainability Program (PISP). Second, it allows us to thank the companies and individuals who support GGIA through their generous donations. As an added bonus, The Round-Up offers us the chance to visit in a relaxed atmosphere, have fun, and network with those who support the work of GGIA. The Round Up will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Athens, GA. The Round up will start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
Earn 5 Hours of Pesticide Applicator and ISA Credit!
Georgia - University of Georgia Extension
Don’t miss this opportunity to earn five hours of commercial pesticide applicator credits (good in 14 categories) and five hours of ISA credits at the Pesticide Safety and Handling Training on Sept. 23 in Tifton or Oct. 24 on St Simons Island. Cost is $50 until one week prior and $60 afterwards. REGISTRATION INFORMATION.
Congratulations to Dr. Mike Schnelle
Oklahoma - OKNLA
Dr. Michael Schnelle has recently been awarded The Linda and Charles Shackelford Endowed Professor of Floriculture Position at Oklahoma State University. According to Dr. Mike Woods, Interim Dean of DASNR, "Mike was selected on the basis of his previous and current achievements, contributions to his discipline and his high potential for future accomplishments in floriculture." This endowed position honors The Shackelfords and all that they have done to support and encourage the education and advancement of horticulture at Oklahoma State University. Countless students and members of the green industry have been recipients of the fruits of Charles and Linda Shackelford's efforts, hard work and excellent example. Congratulations Mike, and thank you, Charles and Linda!
Dr. Charlie Hall to Keynote ONLA Convention
Oklahoma - OKNLA
Dr. Hall's keynote address, "Monetizing The Landscape: Value That Sells” is geared toward all aspects of the green industry. Many current trends and driving forces point to the fact that consumer demand in the green industry marketplace is maturing. Assuming this to be the case, a strategic response is required in order to survive. This session will focus on the three-pronged formula for success for the future — value, relevancy, and authenticity — and how these foundational tenants should be incorporated into every strategic marketing message in the future! You can hear Dr. Hall in "The Arena" (on the trade show floor) at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
Tennessee Green Industry Expo, Oct. 2-3, Nashville, TN
Tennessee - TNLA
For the first time, the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association and the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association are partnering for the Tennessee Green Industry Expo. Scheduled for Oct. 2-3 at the new Music City Center in Nashville, TN, this new partnership, new dates and new venue offers you a new event for all your horticulture needs.
Non-Chemical Height Control Techniques
Greenhouse Product News
Plant growth retardants are routinely applied to inhibit extension growth to keep plants short and compact. Although effective, growers are sometimes interested in other ways to control plant height, particularly on edible crops such as vegetables and herbs. There are several environmental and cultural practices that can produce shorter plants, but unlike PGRs, strategies must be implemented over a period of time, often for a majority of the production period.
15 More New Cool Weather Varieties for 2014 and 2015
Today's Garden Center
This year's unusual winter taught retailers a hard lesson about offering plants that can stand up to cool-weather conditions. With that in mind, leading plant breeders and nurseries recommend these 15 new offerings that are designed to withstand the elements.
Vermeer Names 3rd-generation Family Member Jason Andringa Incoming President, CEO
Vermeer Corporation has named Jason Andringa incoming president and CEO, taking over the position from his mother, Mary Vermeer Andringa, and continuing the Vermeer family's leadership of the company into the third generation. The transition will be fully effective on Nov. 1, 2015.
What Bell Nursery Learned From Growing Without Neonicotinoids This Spring
"In winter 2013, we decided to produce Bell Nursery's spring 2014 crops without neonicotinoid pesticides. While the science does not exist proving that neonicotinoids (neonics) as a class do any significant harm to bee populations, we wanted to learn for ourselves about the impact of growing neonic-free. The verdict: we lost product that we would not have lost had we been using our normal chemical rotations," writes Gary Mangum, CEO of Bell Nursery.
When times are tough, marketing is typically one of the first line items cut in a budget. This happens despite the fact that many business experts advise that you can gain more of a market share when you increase marketing spend, while everyone else is cutting it. Your company's presence in the market increases while your competitors' is decreasing.
Battling Pests with IGRs
Insect growth regulators are important weapons in the pest-control arsenal of greenhouse growers. These compounds generally mimic the action of specific hormones, thus disrupting the molting process or modifying growth and development of insect (or mite) pests. While IGRs don't directly kill pests, they may interfere with the normal mechanisms of development, leading to pests dying before they reach the adult stage.
Blurring the Lines
Looking for an out-of-zone experience? So are your customers. Following last winter's Polar Vortex, gardeners in the north were desperate for any sign of life, and once the weather finally cooperated, annuals, perennials and woody plants filled their carts and gardens. There's another category, though, that has quietly become the must-haves for anyone willing to try them.
Drain on the Brain
Lawn & Landscape
Stormwater management and the installation of drainage systems is a nice little niche with work that can be both steady and profitable. But these areas also require some understanding in order to be successful. Drainage work combines critical thinking and math skills with fairly intensive labor. There are, of course, similarities to irrigation work, and many contractors may already have some of the background understanding and equipment to get started.
SAF Presents 2014 Awards
Lawn & Garden Retailer
The Society of American Florists' 130th Annual Convention in Marco Island, Florida, was a busy time for recognizing some key members of the industry.
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