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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 Bringing the Best of the Southeast Together ... Take a Sneak Peek
SNA 2014 will bring together the most forward-thinking growers, breeders, researchers, retailers,landscapers, manufacturers, and distributors from across the Southeast. It's a unique opportunity to connect with other industry professionals from across the region to share ideas, learn new techniques, address keyindustry issues, and locate new products. This regional marketplace will showcase the best plants and related garden products. The product mix will include ornamental trees and shrubs, color, related landscape and outdoor living products, garden gifts and accessories, seasonal products, and more. Take a look at the impressive list of exhibitors showing at SNA 2014.
In addition, special Educational Sessions, designed specifically for landscapers and retailers can help you set your business on a more profitable course. Full of takeaways, these sessions offer innovative ideas, and sound, practical advise for both personal and business growth and development. You’ll discover the latest plant varieties and industry trends, ways to increase profit, and solutions to some of your toughest issues.
The 13th Southern Plant Conference
Scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, The Southern Plant Conference provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse at exciting new plants coming to market. This fast-paced session, filled with loads of takeaways, boasts the best and hottest new plant varieties coming to market in the next season, and provides a unique opportunity to discover new production techniques and a vast array of new plants, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit, and the most interesting flower or foliage. Eight hours of action-packed adventure with 15 plant experts, authors, botanical garden directors, professors and world travelers — and special guest speaker, Michael Steinhardt, will have your adrenaline pumping as you witness their vast knowledge and insight on plants. Hold on to your hats during this extraordinary experience ... There's nothing quite like it!
SNA 2014 Hotel Reservation Deadline July 1
Special room blocks are available for SNA 2014 at several great nearby hotels. We've negotiated great rates and special offers for you, so why stay anywhere else? Take advantage of these special deals at Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hyatt properties including parking, internet, food and beverage discounts and bonus rewards points. Cutoff for all hotels is July 1. Hotel reservations will be managed by ONPEAK — our Official Housing Partner. Make your SNA 2014 hotel reservations now.
Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!
Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 and your name will be entered into a drawing to Win an iPad mini! In addition, two lucky winners will have a chance to Win an iPad in an onsite drawing. And, as an added bonus, parking is FREE for all attendees! Simply mention SNA 2014 to the parking attendant. For more details on SNA 2014 or to register visit www.sna.org.
Welcome New Members
Andrea Miller, Alachua Straw Company, High Springs, FL
Fred Mosley, East Jordan Plastics, East Jordan, MI
Bill Ross, Evergreen Nursery, Statham, GA
Tim Rogers, MNI Direct, Marietta, GA
Mark Pattillo, Pattillo Tree Farm, Griffin, GA
Robert Saul, Saul Nurseries, Atlanta, GA
Tom Landreth, Tom Landreth Greenhouses, Malvern, AR
Search the SNA Online Membership Directory.
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.
Production & Inventory Coach, Monrovia, Cairo, GA
Responsible for overseeing all production plans and coordinating the inventory and purchasing needs for the location.
For a complete description and qualifications, CLICK HERE.
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.
Upcoming Greenhouse Workshop
Alabama - ALNLA
Grow your knowledge at the Greenhouse Workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 12th, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center. Learn what it takes to start growing vegetables in your greenhouse, hear the latest on spring/summer plant selections at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, and discover how to make social media work for you. Interested?
Register for FNGLA's Annual Convention
Florida - FNGLA
FNGLA's Annual Convention is a time each year for FNGLA members and industry friends to celebrate the past year of success while welcoming FNGLA's new leadership taking office. It is also the venue for FNGLA's Annual Meeting and the platform for presenting FNGLA's Industry Award Winners. Connect, Lead and Discover at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, June 20-21. The pre-registration deadline (and discounts) is this Friday, June 6. If you haven't registered yet, do so today.
UGA Trial Gardens to Host Open House
Georgia - GGIA
The UGA Trial Gardens will be hosting the UGA Industry Open House on Tuesday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The UGA Industry Open House brings growers, plant breeders, sponsors, retailers, landscapers and everyone else who does business in the field of Horticulture together for the annual meeting. Lunch will be provided by the Ball Horticultural Company. Bring hats, notebooks, cameras and sunscreen for the event. Dr. Ruter, the director of the Trial Gardens will be selling and signing his newest book Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast. The book is for sell for $30. School is finished but construction is taking place in the McPhaul Parking lot which is right across from Stegeman Coliseum, so please visit the South Campus Parking Deck across from the Snelling Dining Commons for parking. Parking at the South Campus Parking Deck is pay-per-hour. The first hour is only $1 and $3 each additional hour. For more information about the open house, parking, and directions, please go to www.ugatrial.hort.uga.edu or email at email@example.com.
Turning Over a New Leaf
Kentucky - Nursery Management
Joseph Hillenmeyer resigned from managing installation and maintenance so he could focus on his passion for plants and design. Hillenmeyer had grown a successful full-service landscape design/build firm, which he acquired from his father in 1990. "I was raised in a business where it was a growing operation — there were 30 installation crews and probably the same amount of maintenance crews, a garden center — everything you could do in the green industry, that family did," he says. But Hillenmeyer didn't want to do everything. He struggled with the decision for probably about a decade before, three years ago, he eased out of installation and maintenance so he could operate a dedicated landscape design firm. He connects clients with a list of high-quality subcontractors who do the work, and he manages the projects. But, he is not directing their work. He's not tied up in who showed up late to the job site and the litany of other operational issues associated with employees.
2014 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show
Oklahoma - ONLA
TNLA to Host Field Day
Tennessee - TNLA
TNLA will be hosting a Field Day at the Tennessee State University Nursery Research Center, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be exhibitors of mulch, irrigation equipment, turf and landscape supplies, tractors, and plants. You do not need to register. It is free to attend and plenty of parking will be available. There will be educational sessions with an opportunity for you to earn 5 pesticide recertification credits in categories C3, C10 and C12. You will need to sign the certification roster in each of the sessons you attend to receive the credits. Come join us for a fun, educational day where you can visit with friends, see new products and gain valuable knowledge ... and it is free!
4 Trends to Watch in Labels and Tags
Today's Garden Center
Your customer's time is more valuable than ever, so when it comes to giving them information on the plants they're buying, you want to make it as quick and easy as possible for them to find. More and more, plant tags and labels are becoming the tools used to deliver this information. Here are four emerging trends to be aware of when it comes to innovations in signs, labels and tags, most of which are both affordable and more accessible than you might think.
Landscape Giant's Brickman and ValleyCrest Will Merge
The biggest rumor floating around in the landscape industry recently has been that CEO Michael Dell of Dell was "likely" to sell ValleyCrest (owned under MSD Capital Dell Inc.) to KKR's Brickman unit. The price mentioned was "about $1 billion." Not seeing the point of just passing on the rumor, we remained mum. Well, the rumor is now confirmed: The Brickman Group and ValleyCrest Companies announced May 21, 2014 they have entered into a "definitive merger agreement."
Is Facebook's Free Ride for Marketers Over?
Much like Google, Facebook has been doing some algorithm tweaking recently. For the social network, that means changes to its News Feed — the posts users see from friends and companies when they log in. You may be one of the many Facebook marketers who have seen the organic reach of Page posts decline over time. A widely reported statistic in the tech world is that organic page reach will eventually diminish to as little as 1 to 2 percent.
Better Late Than Never
Lawn & Landscape
Timing is everything, and in the case of post-emergent herbicide application, targeting weeds during the sweet spot — after "emergence," of course, but before maturity — makes all the difference in control efficacy. This is easier said than done, and with the persistent winter most regions in the country weathered, late spring starts will push the weed growing cycle out a bit.
It's Erwinia Time
During warm summer months, reports of bacterial soft-rot caused by Erwinia are especially acute throughout the greenhouse industry. Soft rots are common in greenhouse vegetable liner production and are known for affecting cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, cucumber and tomato. In the production of herbs, the disease may have limited expression during crop growth, but the bacteria can rapidly colonize wounds that may have occurred during handling and shipping.
Host Range Matters
Understanding the host ranges of pathogens that cause infectious plant diseases and insect and mite pests that infest and damage ornamental plants is important in plant health management, in evaluating the potential risks of a particular pest or pathogen and in communicating with our clientele and customers. After all, the host is one of the three sides of the Disease and Pest Triangles (along with the pest or pathogen and the environment conducive to disease or infestation).
AmericanHort Selects 2014 HortScholars
Greenhouse Product News
AmericanHort has selected six students to serve as the 2014 HortScholars. This competitive application process identifies some of the industry's brightest young professionals and helps to launch their careers in horticulture by providing education and networking opportunities.
Get Out the Vote in the 2014 American Garden Award Program
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Sorry, this voting won't impact your tax rate or improve your health care, but it will cause a moment of joy when you look at four stunning flower varieties and choose your favorite! American Garden Award is very pleased to invite the public to vote now in the 2014 contest. Thirty-two prestigious public gardens are participating in the nation's only flower popularity contest — the southern gardens have the flowers planted and are ready to show them off.
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