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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 registration and hotel blocks open
SNA 2014 registration and special hotel blocks are officially open. Pre-register by July 18 for a chance to win an iPad Mini! You can register online, by email, by fax or mail. To register online or download the registration form, CLICK HERE. Special rooms blocks are available at several nearby hotels including Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Hyatt. We've negotiated great rates with special incentives, so why stay anywhere else? To take advantage of these special deals, CLICK HERE.
The Southern Plant Conference features a stellar cast of speakers
The 13th Southern Plant Conference, hosted by Don Shadow, will feature a stellar cast of speakers. The brightest minds in horticulture will come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. It's a RARE opportunity you won't want to miss! Eight hours of action-packed adventure with 15 plant enthusiasts, authors, botanical garden directors, professors and world travelers — and special guest speaker, Michael Steinhardt. Coined Wall Street's greatest trader now world plant collector, Steinhardt will have any plant lover's adrenaline pumping as you witness their vast knowledge and insight on plants. CEUs applied for with ISA, PLANET, FNGLA, GGIA, TXNLA, VNLA and other associations within the region.
SNA award nominations
As an SNA Member, you are invited to nominate one individual or firm for the SNA Pinnacle Award and the SNA Environmental Leadership Award based on each award criteria. All nominations are due in the SNA office by May 1, 2014. Final selection will be made by the SNA Board of Directors and awards will be presented at the SNA Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, July 24, during SNA 2014. Nomination forms are designed as fill-in forms that you can save and submit electronically as an email attachment. Please submit your electronic nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, mail your paper nominations to: SNA, PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101. To download the nomination form, simply click on the link(s) below.
SNA Pinnacle Award Nomination Form
SNA Environmental Award Nomination Form
Welcome new members
Rose Payne, Against the Wind Liners, Plugs & More, Atlantic, VA
Andrea Miller, Alachua Straw Company, High Springs, FL
Thornton Burnet, Jr., Concepts & Contours, Inc., Arlington, VA
Larry Thompson, Custom Pine Straw, Inc., Brandford, FL
Crugar Tuttle, Good Ideas, Inc., Richmond, KY
Don Marjama, Don Marjama Nursery Co., Inc., Sandy, OR
Steven Farrington, Gowan, USA, LLC, Auburn, AL
Alex Neubauer, Hidden Hollow Nursery, Belvidere, TN
Mark Patillo, Patillo Tree Farm, Griffin, GA
Linda Hood, Seasonal Concepts, Columbus, GA
James Lynn, Shemin Landscape Supply, Kennesaw, GA
Amy Howard, Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, MI
Jeff Beasley, Transplant Nursery, Lavonia, GA
Jim Fleming, Tropic Traditions, Gainesville, FL
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.
FNGLA's 2014 Landscape Awards program is now open
FNGLA's 2014 Landscape Awards program is now open for you to submit your very best landscape projects! As the industry is again on the rise, now is a grand opportunity to promote and position your landscape firm as one of the "best of the best" our professional industry has to offer! FNGLA's Landscape Awards bring excellence and prestige to your business portfolio. The entry categories and applications are straightforward and submitted online. Florida landscape projects installed and completed since Jan. 1, 2011 are eligible. The cost to submit a project for the program is $145 for FNGLA members and $200 for non-FNGLA members. The deadline for all entry applications is 5 p.m., Friday, June 27, 2014. The winners will receive their awards on the main stage of The Landscape Show, Sept. 25-27, 2014 in Orlando.
3 Oklahomans to be honored for their positive effects on OSU and the state
Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will honor three Oklahomans with one of the organization's highest honors, the DASNR Champion award. Robert A. "Bob" Funk of Yukon, Rodd Moesel of Oklahoma City and David Howard of Bristow have been selected as 2014 award recipients. "Our three honorees have exceptional records of providing meaningful and lasting benefits to Oklahoma and the region as part of the state's production, processing and related agricultural industries, in addition to being outstanding leaders in their communities and supporters of OSU's land-grant mission," said Mike Woods, DASNR interim vice president, dean and director. The honorees will be officially recognized during ceremonies later this spring, at a time yet to be announced.
Remembering Robert Meyer Hollings, Jr.
Robert Meter Hollings, Jr., Mount Pleasant, SC, passed away on March 28, 2014. He was the husband of Karen Williams Hollings. Robbie was born in Charleston on Nov. 2, 1950, the son of Mary Fernhout Hollings and Robert Meyer Hollings and was a past co-owner of Carolina Nurseries, one of the largest commercial nurseries in the eastern United States.
Remembering Ron Kabool
Ronald Joseph "Ron" Kabool, 64, of Awendaw, SC, owner and operator of Lowcountry Nursery Company, died March 30, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Kabool was born Oct. 1, 1949, in Kingsport, TN, a son of Joseph S. Kabool and Hilda Olterman Kabool. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and was a Navy veteran of Vietnam. After serving in the Navy, he became actively involved in horticulture and eventually moved to Charleston where he has resided for the last 30 years. He was formerly a co-owner of Carolina Nurseries.
Are you practicing proactive pest control?
Greenhouse Product News
What are you doing to keep pests out of your greenhouses? Kansas State University professor and extension entomologist Raymond Cloyd says sanitation is the first line of defense in plant production and pest management. "Pest management and plant protection are less than 5 percent of the overall cost of crop production," Cloyd says. "As a result, a lot of things related to pest and disease control are dealt with from a reactive standpoint. Implementing sanitation practices can substantially reduce insect, mite and disease problems."
Combating big box price comparisons
Today's Garden Center
In this article, Mark Landa of Boulevard Gardens gives advice on how to overcome box-store comparison pricing. Landa's first idea is to make the right first impression.
"We try to promote some items that are very competitively priced during all of our seasons. We place them in the front of all departments when possible," he stated.
5 ways to be positively Pinteresting
Lawn & Garden Retailer
When you think of Pinterest, you might picture wedding planning and meal ideas. But Pinterest is so much more! For independent retailers, it's fast becoming the place for you to shine while becoming a resource to your customers. If that's not enough to spark your interest, according to Vision Critical, 21 percent of users purchased an item after a pin, repin or like on Pinterest. Now that Pinterest has grabbed your attention as a must-have tool to showcase your lawn and garden expertise, where do you start? Here are five things you can do right now to create a powerful Pinterest page.
Build your best greenhouse
After a harsh winter, many growers understand the subtle differences in greenhouses. There are a lot of claims in the market, but a strong greenhouse structure can only be designed with the appropriate amount of steel and structural engineering. When Woodburn Nursery in Oregon wanted an unheated A-frame, they turned to Rough Brothers to build 45-foot and 60-foot greenhouses.
Horticulture associations aim to attract young people to industry
If you are a member of the horticulture industry and you read the Philly.com article, "Is horticulture a withering field?," you know the time is ripe for a discussion on attracting young people to the industry. To this end, six industry associations are leading a National Promotion of Horticulture, including the American Society for Horticultural Science, Longwood Gardens, the American Public Gardens Association, the American Horticultural Society, the National Junior Horticultural Association Foundation and AmericanHort.
Lawn & Landscape
Determining goals for tree care is key when New Way Tree Services in San Diego, Calif., begins working with a new customer. "Are we making things look like Disneyland or do I just need to get trees out of the parking lot because tenants are complaining?" asks Evan Sims, a certified arborist and tree worker in charge of business development for New Way Tree Services. For some companies, customer input ends there. Some trees are trimmed, maybe a few are removed and that's about it.
Powdery mildew identification and control
You've probably seen the white, talcum-powder like growth on the upper leaf surface that heralds an infection of powdery mildew. However, many growers confuse downy mildew with powdery mildew. Both diseases can affect the same plant.
EPA proposes Clean Water Act expansion
From Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort:
EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly released a proposed rule intended to "clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources."
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