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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.
Margie Jenkins Honored with Don Shadow Award of Excellence
The Don Shadow Award of Excellence, named for the first recipient, Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, is presented to an individual, corporation or organization that has provided exemplary service, leadership and generosity in the development, promotion and use of new and improved landscape plants – and Margie Jenkins of Jenkins Farm & Nursery has done just that.
Mark Weathington Named Director of JC Ralston Arboretum
The North Carolina State University Department of Horticultural Science and the College of Agriculture and Life Science have announced the appointment of Mark Weathington as the new director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Weathington joined JCRA in 2007 as assistant director and curator of collections.
Looking for a Great Way to Make a Year-End Tax Deductible Contribution?
Looking for a great way to make a 2014 year-end, tax-deductible contribution? We encourage you to consider the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund. Created in 1989 by the SNA, the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501(c) 3 charitable foundation providing academic scholarships to students in sixteen southeastern states pursuing a career in horticulture. For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship program CLICK HERE.
Winter Trade Show Circuit Begins Soon
With January quickly approaching the winter industry trade shows are just around the corner. The new year will begin with the 2015 Western, January 3-5 in Kansas City, MO, followed by the Green & Growin' Show, Jan. 5-9 in Greensboro, NC. MANTS is scheduled for Jan. 14-16 in Baltimore, MD, followed by the Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference & Expo, Jan. 20-22 in Louisville, KY. Wintergreen 2015, Duluth, GA, and TPIE in Ft. Lauderdale, FL are both scheduled for Jan. 21-23, and January will end with the Gulf State Horticultural Expo in Mobile, AL, on Jan. 28-31. For a complete list of industry events visit www.sna.org/page-1051889.
SNA 2015 Booth Renewal
SNA 2015 Exhibitor Renewal Pacs were mailed out in October. 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 Has 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. READ MORE. Watch for more new members programs in the coming weeks!
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!
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Chad Guevara, Plantbid, Madisonville, LA
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.
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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.
Interested in Learning the Basics of Commercial Greenhouse Vegetable Production? Hydroponics 101 Workshop Can Help!
Alabama - Alabama Extension Green Industry Training Center
Scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, this workshop is designed to be a primer for understanding what it takes to grow and sell greenhouse grown vegetables. For more information or to view the flyer and register, CLICK HERE. Space is limited so hurry!
'Dirt Farmer' Wins Statewide Award
Florida - FNGLA (Highlands Today)
Corey Lambert was recently awarded the 2014 Florida Farm Bureau Achievement in Agriculture Award. The announcement came with a plaque and a brand-new 2015 Chevy Silverado truck, the keys of which were handed to him Oct. 29 at the Florida Farm Bureau annual dinner in Ponte Vedra Beach. The 34-year-old helps run Buckhorn Nursery in Hardee County, a 120-acre family-owned-and-operated plant nursery growing over 200 different types of ornamental plants.
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.
Perry Johnson to Head UGA Extension
Georgia - UGA Extension
Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has announced that Laura Perry Johnson will become the college’s associate dean of extension beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Perry Johnson is currently the district extension director for Southwest Georgia, where she manages faculty, staff and UGA Extension programs for 41 counties.
Missouri Green Industry Conference Set for Dec. 10
Missouri - MOGIC
The MOGIC is next week Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO. Deadline for advance registration is this Friday, Dec. 5. Deadline special hotel rate @$125 Embassy Suites Dec. 9. There will be 30-plus workshops led by industry experts and an Exhibitor Expo. Come Join Us! Get all your registration done at www.mogic.org.
Anella named director of The Botanic Gardens at OSU
Oklahoma - ONLA
A professor at Oklahoma State University will be using what he has been teaching in the classroom in his new role at OSU. Lou Anella, ornamentals professor in OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, recently was named director of The Botanic Garden at OSU. "I’ve been teaching public garden management since I came to OSU in 1997, and I'm really looking forward to this new challenge, in addition to continuing to teach some classes. One of my long-term goals has been to manage a public garden," Anella said.
The First Fifty Years
WNLA is celebrating the 125th Anniversary of The Western Nursery & Landscape Association this year. The First Fifty Years of the Western's history was written by George W. Holsinger. George was born August 4, 1874 in Rosedale (in Kansas City, Kansas). He entered the nursery business about 1898 with two brothers, doing business as Holsinger Brothers Nursery. In 1915 they were joined by Laurence E. Wilson, and the name of the business was changed to Holsinger Nursery Company. He died in November 1944. Take a few moments and read The First Fifty Years.
Home Depot Mandates Extra Tag for Neonic-Treated Plants
The Home Depot is requiring all plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids to bear a special tag informing customers that the plant has been exposed to that specific type of insecticide. The retailer is concerned about the effect that neonicotinoid insecticides could be having on pollinator populations. Neonicotinoid insecticides, such as clothianidin and imidacloprid, are used to defend trees, shrubs and plants against destructive invasive species like the Japanese beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle.
Immigration — Obama Acts Without Congress
On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy. The president's action will have substantial and mixed implications for the horticulture industry and the politics of immigration reform.
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Pin It To Win It: Using Pinterest In Your Business
Today's Garden Center
As social media websites go, Pinterest certainly has consumers' attention and time. It hit 10 million users faster than any site in history. Perhaps even more striking: Pinterest holds the number-two spot for referral traffic to websites (second only to Facebook) — even more than Twitter.
But can it work for your business? Yes, if you're smart about using it.
Our industry, with its visual appeal, color, texture and impact, lends itself well to Pinterest from the outset.
Winter Disease Watch
Lawn & Landscape
Winter disease is a bit misleading if you ask Lee Miller, extension turfgrass specialist at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. "The term winter disease is a misnomer – it’s really fall and spring diseases," he says.
That's because diseases, in general, crop up during times when turfgrass is not in all-out growth mode: fall and spring. And, Miller explains, the timing of those dormant, or “rest breaks,” for lawns really depend on whether cool- or warm-season grass is involved.
Poinsettia Sales Kick In For 2014
In Greenhouse Grower's 2013 State of The Industry Poinsettia survey, 45 percent of growers surveyed said their top selling poinsettia size was the 6.5 inch, followed by 27 percent listing 6-inch pots as being their best sellers. As the holiday season begins, six-inch pots are appearing in ads across the country. Greenhouse Grower took a look at major retailers across the country to see how 2014 prices are shaping up for big box stores and independent retailers.
Diseases are a major concern for nursery and greenhouse growers and can be a key limitation to profitable plant production. Disease management in greenhouses is critical because of the limited air circulation encouraged by tight spacing and constant irrigation. Furthermore, high humidity provides optimal conditions for reproduction of many fungal and bacterial pathogens. When disease management is neglected, pathogen populations build up and continue to increase as long as there is susceptible plant tissue available for infection and disease development.
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