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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.
Dr. Sandra Reed Awarded SNA Pinnacle Award
The recipient of the 2014 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is Dr. Sandra Reed, Research Geneticist with the U.S. National Arboretum in McMinnville, Tennessee. Recently retired, Dr. Reed has a long history in the green industry and is widely recognized throughout the industry for her research, development and introduction of improved cultivars through the U.S. National Arboretum's breeding program. Her breeding work has resulted in many plant releases that are widely used in the industry but perhaps one of her biggest impacts on the industry is the introduction of three oakleaf hydrangeas — "Munchkin," "Ruby Slippers" and "Queen of Hearts" that are taking the industry by storm. Dr. Reed was involved in the SNA Research Conference for many years with numerous presentations and acting as section chair and editor for eight years assisting with the coordination of the conference.
NAHB Predicts 26 Percent Single-Family Housing Growth for 2015
New single-family home construction sees a 6 percent climb in 2014, but is poised to grow 26 percent to 802,000 units in 2015, says the NAHB. A second economist sees potentially 56 percent growth in new single-family housing starts next year.
National Garden Bureau Sponsoring Fundraiser for Vocational Therapy Garden for Young Adults with Autism
The National Garden Bureau is Sponsoring Fundraiser for Growing Solutions Farm, a vocational therapy garden for young adults with autism in downtown Chicago. And you can help them reach their goal by voting online on the Toro Facebook page. Click on the "Green Spaces make Great Places" post or tab and then click on the video titled "Growing Solutions Farm" and then vote. No registration is required nor do you have to like the Toro page. It's one simple vote. And you can vote once a day!
2014 SNA Research Conference Proceedings Now Available
The Proceedings of the 59th Annual SNA Research Conference is now available on the SNA website. Proceedings from 1991 to 2014 (2,986 titles comprised of 11,880 pages) are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for downloading and viewing or printing. See list and links for each year's proceedings. For a complete list of proceedings (1991-2014) go to www.sna.org/page-1052564. For the 2014 SNA Research Conference Proceedings go to www.sna.org/page-1736088. READ MORE about the SNA Research Conference.
Connect With SNA Members
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!
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Steve Castorani, North Creek Nurseries, Landenburg, PA
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.
Industry Survey Reminder
Alabama - ALNLA
Just a friendly reminder — if you are planning on filling out our industry survey and haven't done so already, please submit that as soon as possible so that we can compile the responses. Those that have filled out our survey, thank you! We appreciate you taking the time to fill out what we know was a lengthy survey. There are two surveys: Nursery & Greenhouse Survey, and Landscape Firm Survey. The password for the survey is alnla2014. If you have questions contact Hanna Pettus at firstname.lastname@example.org or James Harwell at info email@example.com, or call the ALNLA office at 334-821-5148.
Operation Clean Sweep 2014 — Statewide Pesticide Pick-up
Florida - FNGLA
Operation Clean sweep is a mobile pesticide collection program that provides a safe way to dispose of cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides at NO COST for the first 500 lbs. For more information contact Shannon Turner, FL Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 877-851-5285, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations Being Accepted for Industry Awards — Nov. 15 Deadline
Georgia - GGIA
GGIA is now accepting nominations for our annual awards to be presented at Wintergreen 2015. Do you know someone who is making a difference for the industry? By nominating them in one of the following categories you can be sure that they receive the special recognition they deserve. Nominations are due to the GGIA office by November 15. Fax to: 706-632-0300 or email to email@example.com.
The Trial Gardens at UGA Announces 2014 Classic City Award Winner Plants
Georgia - UGA Landscape Alert
Each summer the staff of The Trial Gardens at UGAselects an all-star team of plants that performed spectacularly well during the growing season. "These Classic City Award winners are the very best plants in the trial gardens, based on year-round performance and/or eye-clutching beauty," said John Ruter, University of Georgia horticulture professor and the gardens' director. "We raise thousands of plants each year, and these are the best of the best."
MLNA Scholarship Application Deadline is Nov. 15
Missouri - MLNA
All interested Missouri horticulture students enrolled in a 2 year or 4 year college in the state are encouraged to send in their application before the deadline of Nov. 15. Each year, MLNA presents a $1,000 scholarship to a student. MLNA supports education and is pleased to have past recipients become MLNA members. This year's recepient will be announced during the Western Trade Show Jan. 4 and 5 held at the Crown Center Convention Center in Kansas City, MO.
Western Award Nomination Deadline Extended to Due November 21
Missouri - WNLA
In commemoration of WNLA's 125th anniversary, we are pleased to issue this formal Call for Awards Nominations for the 2015 Western. Winners will be recognized during the 125th Anniversary Celebration Reception on Jan. 3, 2015 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The Awards Program honors the individuals whose work has been of great benefit to the industry. This year the jury will consist of the current members of the WNLA Board of Directors. Nomination categories are: Western Legend Award, Employee of the Year Award, and Outstanding State Association Leader Award.
2015 Western University 'Faculty' to Include Dr. Tom Ranney
Missouri - WNLA
Dr. Tom Ranney, Professor Department of Horticultural Science North Carolina State University, will present on Monday January 5 during the 2015 Western trade show.
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association Announces New Executive Director
North Carolina - NCNLA
The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA), has announced the selection of Corey Connors as its new executive director. Connors will fill the vacancy created by Ross Williams' retirement, Dec. 1, 2014. The selection was made after a national search and selection process by NCNLA.
2015 Green & Growin' Trade Show — Jan. 5 - 9, Greensboro, NC
North Carolina - NCNLA
The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) announces special features and highlights for the 2015 Green & Growin' Trade Show, the first show of the year, taking place Jan. 5-9, 2015, in Greensboro, NC. This is one week earlier than its normal time, as Green & Growin’ and MANTS have switched weeks for 2015 only. The trade show includes over 400 exhibitors featuring nursery and greenhouse plants, equipment, and allied supplies; the show also features over 100 education classes!
Ernest Morton, Morton's Horticulture Products Dies at 73
Tennessee - TNLA
TNLA is saddened by the loss of Mr. Ernest Morton. Morton's Horticultural Products has been a member of TNLA since July 1977 (37 years). In July 2005, (TNLA's 100th. Anniversary) Ernest was added to the TNLA Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor bestowed on a TNLA member.
White House Recommends Sourcing Insecticide-Free Plants in New Landscape Guidelines
The Obama Administration released an addendum to what it calls its pollinator-friendly landscape guidelines at the end of October, recommending that landscapers source only insecticide-free nursery stock.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the General Service Administration developed a working group to prepare this addendum to the "Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscape" guidance, to provide new information on landscape design and maintenance as part of the National Pollinator Health Strategy.
While the guidelines do cite the Food and Quality Protection Act's official definition of integrated pest management, stating that preference must be given to physical, biological and mechanical control, they go on to say that the goal is reduced pesticide use.
AmericanHort Publishes Revised American Standard For Nursery Stock
AmericanHort announces the revised American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1) is now available for industry use. The 2014 American Standard for Nursery Stock is available for free from AmericanHort and may be downloaded at AmericanHort.org/standard. The development of the standard was funded in part by the Horticultural Research Institute, the Research Affiliate of AmericanHort.
2014 State of the Industry Report: Find Your Focus
The economic outlook for the American economy is still unsure. Job growth has been slow, but steady. Corporate profits are increasing but competition from abroad has made many industries pessimistic about the future. These symptoms appear to extend to horticulture in this year's State of the Industry Report. However, there are reasons for hope. Sales and profits are increasing for a majority of growers and diversity may be the name of the game for the industry moving forward.
Joe Gray, COO of Hines Horticulture Dies at 58
Today's Garden Center
Horticultural veteran and Cheif Operating Office of Hines Horticulture Joseph Francis Gray died on Oct. 16, 2014, from pancreatic cancer. He was 58 years old. Gray spent most of his career with Hines, starting in 1987 as a sales rep. In 1998 he moved to Davis, CA, to become general manager of Hines' Winters facility, and he and his family remained in Davis for the rest of his life. In recent years, Gray became COO for all Hines operations. During his career at Hines, Gray gained a reputation as a hydrangea breeder, securing several plant patents along the way. He had a special interest in developing reblooming flowers.
AmericanHort Publishes Revised Nursery Standard
AmericanHort has announced the revised American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1) is now available for industry use. The Standard reflects the consensus of the industry regarding how nursery stock — living plants other than annuals — should be specified and sold within the trade.
20 Keys to a Killer Website
By Fred Berns
You don't have to be a techno-wizard, and it doesn't take rocket science to create a killer website for your lawn and landscape company, garden center or nursery. All it takes is 20 steps. The first one is easy: Keep it simple. The average website visit is four seconds and two clicks. Get your message across fast.
Pollinators, Pesticides and Public Perception
There has been flurry of media reports in the last year or so describing the plight of honeybees and the potential collapse of their role in pollinating many of our fruit and vegetable crops (nearly one-third of our food supply). While the challenges beekeepers face are very real and greater than in years past, the suggestion that managed bees are at the brink is not accurate. According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the number of managed hives in 2013 — 2.64 million — is higher than at any point since 1999. The NASS reports that there were 2.63 million managed hives in 2000.
Help Wanted — Landscapers Continue to Struggle to Find Qualified Employees
Lawn & Landscape
It’s not breaking news, and, in fact, the complaints have been coming in for awhile – it’s hard to find good help these days. But the answers to the problem have been few and far between.
“I think as an industry we need to get together and rally around who we are and what we do,” says Jerry Schill, president of Schill Grounds Management. Schill’s company has four locations in Ohio, employs 106 people, and has been in business for 21 years.
Miniature Gardening — Advice From The Pros
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Wasn't it five or six years ago when many of us were turning our noses up to miniature gardening? We didn't take it seriously. We called it a fad. Said it wouldn't last. Said it didn't deserve a permanent location on your retail floor.
And now here we are at the end of 2014 and the buzz around miniature gardening sounds like it is the loudest it’s ever been. Garden centers from California to Maine are finding success for a variety of reasons: endless inventory options, well-attended hands-on workshops, seasonal adaptability and support from local media, to name a few.
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