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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.
Let Us Give Thanks
Thanksgiving is a season of reflection and a time when we all pause a moment to consider what we have to be thankful for ... and we have a lot to be thankful for this year — family, friends, work, health and especially the enormous industry support the SNA has received as we rebuild the association and the SNA Marketplace in Atlanta. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and abundant opportunities and good health. And thanks to each of you for your continued support of the SNA!
Dr. Allan Armitage and Margie Jenkins Awarded SNA Honorary Membership
Two deserving industry members received SNA Honorary Member Awards this year during the SNA Annual Business Meeting. Each recipient has made outstanding contributions to the association and the industry during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association. The SNA Board of Directors recognizes Dr. Allan Armitage, Retired Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, and Margie Y. Jenkins, Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, LA, for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture.
SNA 2015 Exhibitor Early Bird Discount Deadline Nov. 30
SNA 2015 Exhibitor Renewal Pacs were mailed out in October. If you want to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount of $100 per booth payment in full must be submitted by November 30. We will begin allocating space to new exhibitors soon, so be sure your booth space is secured by submitting your booth rental agreement and 50 percent deposit (or payment in full) as soon as possible! Questions? Call the SNA office at 678.809.9992 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SNA Partners With Meritus Payment Solutions for Exclusive Member Pricing
Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has partnered with Meritus Payment Solutions to offer members exclusive pricing and reduced rates for payment processing services. In researching various payment processing programs, in an effort to save on the costs of payment processing, we found Meritus to be the most competitive and offer the most savings — not only to the association but to SNA Members. Meritus will begin contacting SNA Members in the weeks ahead to talk about their program and possible savings. Watch for more new members programs in the coming weeks!
Reading Can Reduce Stress By Up To 68 Percent
According to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by up to 68 percent. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods such as listening to music, drinking a hot cup of tea, or taking a walk. Psychologists believe that reading helps reduce stress because while we're reading we are distracted from our normal stress factors and focusing on what we're reading thus easing the tension in our muscles and heart. So find a book or magazine — or read the SNA eNews and relax!
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 email@example.com, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help!
Welcome New Members
Asher Decker, Casa Flora, Apopka, FL
Amy Sudduth, Bloomers Lawn and Garden, Columbus, GA
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.
Latest Listings ...
Independent Sales Representative or Companies
Business Development Rep
Several Opening in the Southeast
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.
Alabama Extension Green Industry Training Center
Vehicle, Equipment & Jobsite Safety Seminar — Get Trained and Support a Local Charity!
Alabama - AGITC
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242. Topics will industry OSHA Recordkeeping and Hazard Communication Requirements, Small Equipment Maintenance and Safety, Vehicle Safety for the Highway from the AL Dept of Public Safety and more. Net proceeds from this training program will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
Kent Fuchs' Selection as UF President is Good for Florida Agriculture
Florida - FNGLA (Florida Trend)
The selection of Dr. W. Kent Fuchs (pronounced "Fox") as the next president of the University of Florida should be cause for celebration for anyone who cares about Florida agriculture and natural resources. Fuchs was born on an Oklahoma farm.
GGIA Redesigns Website
Georgia - GGIA
The Georgia Green Industry Association is excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website, www.ggia.org. The new site has a fresh and updated look, improved navigation, and expanded functionality including: joining or renewing membership online; maintaining your profile; post calls for participation, event announcements, research queries, and member news to the Community Forum; Member-Only access to archives, ask the experts and more; search the member directory; make a donation and register for events and much more. Check it out at www.ggia.org.
Green Team Update — Dec. 4, 2014, Perry, GA
Georgia - UGA Extension
Join UGA Specialists for the latest information in the Green Industry! Topics include: Turfgrass Weed Identification, Reviled to Revitalized Landscape without Breaking the Bank, Planning Your Insect Pest Management Calendar for Spring, Weed Control in the Landscape, and Pruning Ornamentals. Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits available.
2 ONLA Members Listed in the Top 50
Oklahoma - ONLA
Two ONLA Members were listed in Nursery Management Magazine's "Top 50 Wholesale Ornamental Nurseries list. Congratulations to Flowerwood Nursery from Loxley, Alabama, ranked second and to J. Berry Nursery of Grand Saline, Texas, ranked 23rd.
Western Award Nominations Extended to Friday, Nov. 21
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.
2014 Field Trials: How To Identify The Best Varieties For Your Store
Today's Garden Center
For many retailers, the search for these top-notch varieties begins with looking at how they perform in trials in their area. Earlier this year, the editors of Greenhouse Grower (a sister publication of Today's Garden Center) connected with trial managers across the country and asked them to share which of the varieties they evaluated performed best, along with details about the weather conditions at their location.
Video: A Timely, Terrific Marketing Tool for Green Industry Pros
By Fred Berns
During a drought years ago, a garden center owner in Colorado Springs, Colorado, mentioned a soil nutrient product during a news segment on a local TV station. Within a few days, his center sold more than 300 bags of that product. It was, Mike Spencer recalled, proof-positive of the power of video exposure. "Being on TV gives you the credentials," says Spencer, the owner of Spencer's Lawn and Garden Centers. Spencer ended up doing news spots at the station for 20 years, a fact he says resulted in a considerable amount of business for his center.
All the Right Moves
All the Right Moves
In 500 B.C., the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, "The only thing that is constant is change."
That is a philosophy that some growers in our industry have subscribed to while there have been others that haven't. But it is the successful ones that know change is essential if they want to move forward and flourish.
Perennials pack a punch for customers wanting to invest in gardens. They get a return on their investment, year after year, but so far, the idea of perennials in the garden has mostly been limited to the realm of the landscape garden. There is however, a new trend gathering momentum. Although the concept of perennial combinations in containers may not be new for experienced gardeners, it is new to being engaged by breeders and growers to ultimately provide a finished product for the consumer and a healthy profit for the grower. Container perennials are quickly taking center stage.
Pollinator Stewardship Task Force Identifies Research Agenda
The Horticulture Industry Pollinator Stewardship Task Force has completed its first goal of developing a research agenda. The purpose of the agenda is to signal to researchers the kinds of targeted research projects the industry wishes to support. AmericanHort's research affiliate, the Horticultural Research Institute, will engage the research community and collaborate with other research funding entities such as the American Floral Endowment, USDA's Agricultural Research Service and other federal agencies to fill critical research and information gaps.
Co-Existing with Bambi
Lawn & Landscape
Got landscape design jobs? Terrific. Got deer? Oh, no.
All solutions come down to three approaches. There are two broad categories of fencing: non-electric, which emphasizes physical exclusion, and electric, which trains deer to stay away. There is a broad category of repellents that rely on sounds, sights, scents and tastes. Finally, there are plant selections that rank low on the preference list of the four-footed feeding machine in question.
It would be nice for us if any one of these strategies alone would solve the problem, but most properties require multiple approaches.
Your Next Move
Growers are confident about the rise in market demand for nursery products in 2015. In fact, 80 percent of respondents said they were confident to varying degrees. The pessimists came in at 19 percent saying they weren’t confident about the market.
Growing the Urban Landscape Market
Green infrastructure offers the nursery industry a new market for plants and horticultural services. Broadly defined, this emerging market spotlights all the functions plants can serve in the urban landscape — everything from increasing stormwater infiltration at the site level, to reducing temperatures locally, to providing beneficial wildlife habitat and boosting property values citywide.
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