Serving the Horticulture Industry Since 1899
The Southern Plant Conference                     PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Monday & Tuesday, January 8 & 9, 2018        
Held in Conjunction with The SNA Conference
Preceding the Mid-Atlanta Nursery Trade Show (MANTS)

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD. 21201

will feature a stellar cast of speakers as the brightest minds in horticulture 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!

The Southern Plant Conference is a unique experience you won't soon forget. A room filled with the industry's top plant experts sharing their vast knowledge and latest discoveries of the hottest new plants during two days of action-packed, eye-opening drama.

Hold on to your hats for this extraordinary experience as world renown plantsman Don Shadow orchestrates this unique symphony... There's nothing quite like it!

Southern Plant Conference Program will be available soon!

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for:

The Southern Plant Conference
The SNA Research Conference

For details go to the Continuing Education Units page.


Registration required. Registration information will be available after September 1.

The Southern Plant Conference just keeps getting better! Each year the speaker lineup somehow seems to top the last – and this year is no exception. Don Shadow has done it again and rounded up some of the brightest minds in horticulture to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. You won't want to miss this phenomenal cast of the industry's best!
Complete speaker information and program details will be available soon.
The Don Shadow Award of Excellence
Who will receive the 2018 Don Shadow Award of Excellence Recipient? As a past attendee of The Southern Plant Conference you can nominate someone for this prestigious award. See award information below.
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Scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, January 8 and 9, during The SNA Conference preceding MANTS, this conference will feature a stellar cast of speakers. It's a Who's Who of Horticulture. Don't miss this quest to find new plants for your business.

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.

days of action-packed adventure with 12 plant enthusiasts, authors, botanical garden directors, professors, and world travelers will get any plant lover's adreneline pumping as you witness their vast knowledge and insight on plants.

Discover new varieties, examine new methods and proven techniques as the South's leading authorities on plants come together for this dynamic, action-packed event!

Southern Plant Conference Schedule   PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 7:30am -  8:30am Registration Main Lobby
 8:30am -  9:00am Introductions Danny Summers
 9:00am -  9:25am
 9:30am -  9:55am 
10:00am - 10:25am
10:25am - 10:35am Break  
 10:35am   11:00am 


- 11:30am
11:35am 12:00pm
12:00pm  1:00pm Lunch & Award Presentation
 1:00pm  1:25pm

 1:30pm  1:55pm
 2:00pm  2:25pm
 2:25pm  2:35pm
 2:35pm  3:00pm

 3:05pm  3:30pm

 3:35pm  4:00pm
 4:05pm   4:30pm

 4:35pm -  5:00pm

 5:05pm -  5:30pm

 5:30pm    6:30pm  Reception
Mix & Mingle

For a complete schedule for printing, Click Here.

SNA 2018 

The Southern Plant Conference and SNA Research Conference are eligible for CEU credits with XX hours of education.

CEUs Approved by
National Association 
of Landscape 
Professionals (NALP)

CEUs Pending Approval by

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
Georgia Green Industry Association
South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association

and other state association certification programs within the region.

 The Don Shadow Award of Excellence

The Don Shadow Award of Excellence, named for the first recipient, Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, will be presented at the Southern Plant Conference 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. Recipients must demonstrate a sincere commitment to and passion for expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape. 

In naming the award for Don Shadow, the SNA also recognizes Mr. Shadow as one of the primary driving forces behind the success of the Southern Plant Conference and the program’s commitment to providing top industry plant experts. This year is no exception.

The Don Shadow Award of Excellence will be presented at the 2015 Southern Plant Conference.

Previous award recipients include:

Don Shadow

Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN
Rick Crowder
 Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, NC
Margie Jenkins
 Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, LA
2015Ted Stephens
 Nurseries Caroliniana, North Augusta, SC
2016Dr. Michael A. Dirr
 Retired Professor, UGA, Bogart, GA


Don Shadow presenting 2014 Don Shadow Award of 
Excellence to Margie Jenkins.

Special thanks to Don Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, and Dr. Michael Dirr, Retired Professor, UGA, for their commitment and tireless effort in making The Southern Plant Conference such a prestigious industry event!

And thanks too to all of the hundreds of conference speakers that have given their time and shared their expertise over the past 20+ years making this conference so spectacular!


Nominate a Deserving Person for the 
Don Shadow Award of Excellence

As a past participant of The Southern Plant Conference you are invited to nominate a deserving person for this prestigious award. Simply send an email with the person's name, company, city, state and contact information to or give us a call at 678.809.9992.

Who is Don Shadow? Don Shadow has been described in many ways:

– Tennessee farm boy
– A modern day Noah
– Father Nature
– The Indiana Jones of Horticulture

Don Shadow is a plantsman extraordinaire. A fourth-generation nurseryman whose plant knowledge is encyclopedic, Don is highly recognized, nationally and internationally, both as an expert horticulturist and for his success in saving endangered animal species. His collection of exotic animals includes more than 600 animals in 60 different species living and breeding under his watchful eye.
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