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  • 09 Jan 2017 4:41 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA Past President Richard L. "Dick" Ammon Passes Away


    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Ammon Family


    Richard L. "Dick" Ammon, age 87 died January the 1st at St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit in Edgewood. He was the founder of Ammon Landscape, Inc. in Burlington where he also resided. Richard was a member of Burlington Baptist Church.


    Richard was born April 10, 1929, in Covington, Kentucky. He attended high school in Florence, and studied one year at the University of Kentucky. During his high school years, his father purchased a small farm that sparked his desire to learn how to grow plants. In 1949, he married the former Shirley Howard and they had two children. 


    Dick served as president of Southern Nursery Association (1974) and was a founding director of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund (1989) and also served as president of the fund. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association and the Cincinnati Landscape Association.


    He was preceded in death by a granddaughter. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Shirley Ammon; one daughter Pamela Bulla and a son Greg Ammon; 2 brothers Robert and Dr. John Ammon. Richard was Pawpaw to 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


    Visitation will be Thursday January 5th from 12 noon until 2pm at Linnemann Funeral Home and Event Center, Burlington. Funeral Service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be private in Hopeful Cemetery.


    More details may be found at http://www.linnemannfuneralhomes.com/obituary/richard-l-ammon/


    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Dick Ammon. We are thankful for his dedication and the work he did for the association and our industry.

  • 19 Dec 2016 5:37 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the proceedings of the 61st Annual SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been compiled and is now available online at www.sna.org. This 183-page proceedings, provided free to the industry, is downloadable, searchable, and printable.


    The 2016 proceedings includes eleven sections of the latest horticultural research on Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Landscape, Pathology and Nematology, Propagation, Water Management, and Weed Control. Thirty-nine titles were presented by 78 authors from eight states. A complete list of titles can be found in the Covers and Introduction section, page viii.


    The annual publication SNA Research Conference Proceedings, from 1991 to 2016, is available on the SNA website at www.sna.org in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing, printing, or downloading (25 years and 3,079 titles comprised of 12,074 pages). When downloaded, the PDF file is searchable.


    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the county. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. A printed agenda and the conference format permits selection of research topics of special interest for those interested in attending. All industry members are invited to attend.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for August 1 – 2, 2017 and will be held in conjunction with the SEGreen Conference in Athens, GA. More details will be available soon. For more information on the SNA Research Conference or SNA , contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.

  • 07 Dec 2016 2:26 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)



    2016 Bryson L. James Student Competition Award Winners (Left to Right).

    Nastaran Basiri, Zhitong Li, M. Terri Williams, David Gianino, Geoffrey Weaver, 

    Avery Lamb, and Shuyang Zhen



    Atlanta, Ga., December 5, 2016 Seven students from four universities were presented cash awards totaling $2,500 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition held during the 61st SNA Research Conference. The awards were presented on Wednesday, August 31, at The Classic Center, Athens, GA, during the SNA Research Conference Luncheon.


    The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, TN, a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for over 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.


    First place winners of $500 each included Shuyang Zhen, University of Georgia (Ph.D.), David Gianino, University of Georgia  (M.S.), and Avery Lamb, Auburn University(B.S.). Second place winners of $300 each included Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.), and M. Terri Williams, North Carolina State University (M.S.). Third place winners of $200 each included Nastaran  Basiri Jahromi, University of Tennessee(Ph.D.), and Zhitong Li, University of Georgia (M.S.). In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.


    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is the country's longest running woody ornamental research conference and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country.


    Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on the SNA website at www.sna.org. Proceedings from 1991 - 2016 are available with 3,079  titles comprised of 12,074 pages. The 2016 SNA Research Conference Proceedings is now available on the SNA website at www.sna.org.


    The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1 – 2, 2017, in conjunction with the SEGreen Conference, produced by SNA, in Athens, GA.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association represents the horticulture industry in the Southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Oct 2016 10:56 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SEGreen – The Next Generation

    SEGreen Conference Scheduled for 

    August 1 - 3, 2017 in Athens, Georgia


    Atlanta, Ga., October 24, 2016 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans for the next generation of SEGreen. Transforming from a traditional trade show format, the SEGreen Conference will have a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, develop new insights and solutions, and deliver strategic education for all segments of the horticulture industry. Education will be divided into major areas of focus with content and hands-on training designed to further develop careers and expand business.


    The SEGreen Conference, scheduled for August 1 – August 3, 2017, at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience with tours, education, keynote sessions, and participant-driven roundtable discussions.


    The conference will kick off with a tour of local nurseries on August 1. Other tour options will include the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Trial Gardens at UGA, and a UGA Campus Tour.


    The conference will include the SEGreen Plant Conference, the SEGreen Landscape Conference, and the SNA Research Conference (August 2-3). SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting, and the SNA State Officer’s Conference. 


    The SEGreen Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and offer a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SEGreen Landscape Conference will feature sessions on plant selection, pest and desease management, business developments, and design, estimating, and installation workshops for the novice or master alike. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for industry and pesticide certifications and licensing programs. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. These top researchers, from across the country, will participate throughout the event.


    This transformation will allow the traditional exhibitor to participate as a sponsor of the event. Sponsorship packages will include all-access passes to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the three days of tours, keynotes, roundtables and educational sessions to create meaningful business relationships without time constraints. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event. SEGreen will provide a platform to communicate, demonstrate, train or simply engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level.


    “This new format will allow both buyers and sellers more face time to more fully interact, share, and learn without the barriers of the typical trade show format,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “Our 2016 educational program was a very focused program with such valuable content and lots of exhibitors wanted to participate in the sessions, but they were tied to their booth. I am excited about this evolution, and I am confident the 2017 event will have new energy, with substantive conversations, and provocative discussions, providing insights and new perspectives for everyone involved,” she added.


    Athens has a lot to offer – from art, shopping, dining and nightlife to gardens, local nurseries and retail garden centers. The Classic Center, located in downtown Athens, Georgia, offers state-of-the-art technology in modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historical structures. Numerous hotels, restaurants and pubs are within walking distance. Connected by five major highways and convenient to two interstates that link Athens to the Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg International airports.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    More details of SEGreen will be released in the coming weeks. For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org, or the SEGreen website at www.segreen.org.


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  • 12 Oct 2016 3:08 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)



    2016 - 2017 SNA Board of Directors. Pictured left to right.  Front row:  Michael Hobbs, Immediate Past President, Dusty Knight, newly elected President, Norman Cole, III, Vice President/Treasurer, Director Chapter 1. Back row"  Karen Summers, Executive Vice President, Rickey Minton, Director Chapter 3, Joseph Napoli, Director Chapter 2. Newly appointed Director Chapter 3, Todd Ellefson, was not present.



    Atlanta, Ga., October 10, 2016 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2016 - 2017 term were elected during the 118th annual meeting held at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga., during SEGreen. The election, open to all active SNA members, determines representation from the four geographic regions of the association:


    Chapter 1 – Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

    Chapter 2 – Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

    Chapter 3 – Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee

    Chapter 4 – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas


    Dusty Knight, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL, was elected president succeeding Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN.


    The complete slate of 2016-2017 officers and directors is as follows:


    Dusty Knight, President, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    Norman Cole, III, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 1, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV

    Joseph Napoli, Director Chapter 2, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA

    Rickey Minton, Director Chapter 3, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Todd Ellefson, Director Chapter 4, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA

    Michael Hobbs, Immediate Past President, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN


    Newly elected SNA President Dusty Knight is from Franklinton, LA, where he worked for Windmill Nursery and Zelenka Nursery of Folsom, LA for 20 years.  In 2000, he and his wife Joan moved to Prattville, AL, where he brought that 20 years of experience to Plantation Tree Company as manager. Plantation Tree Company has over 400 acres of premium quality field-grown shade and ornamental trees and shrubs in production. Established in 1993, Plantation Tree Company has quickly set the standard for quality field grown trees and ornamentals and introduced three plants to the industry. A superb Vitex 'Lilac Queen', an unusual Magnolia 'Cinnamon Twist', and an outstanding magnolia that has become a standard in the industry the 'Green Giant' Magnolia.


    Dusty was elected to serve on the SNA Board of Directors in 2013 representing Chapter 4.

    Dusty and Joan have two children and three grandchildren. Dusty is an avid hunter, fisherman, and loves to spend time with his grandchildren.


    The new industry leader joining the SNA Board this year is Todd Ellefson, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA. Todd was born into the nursery industry and is the grandson of John B. Wight, Jr.  He is a 5th generation nurseryman.  Todd began working full time in the field at Wight Nurseries in Cairo, Georgia, in 1995.  After four years in the field, he moved into a sales role with Wight Nurseries and continued in sales with Monrovia Nursery from 1999 until 2003.  In 2003, Todd teamed up with George Hackney and John B. Wight Jr. to acquire Windmill Nursery in Franklinton, LA.  There he served as sales manager, then general manager, and now president and managing partner.


    Todd has served the industry and has been an active board member in several associations.  He served as president of the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.  Todd also was a representative for Louisiana with the American Nursery and Landscape Association.


    His work and commitment to the industry has been recognized by several associations.  He was awarded the Young Professional of the Year in 2007, and Professional of the Year in 2015, by the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.  In 2009, he was presented the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award by the Southern Nursery Association.


    Todd is married to Stacy Ellefson, and they have four children Chase, Lexi, Riley and Reese.


    “This 2016-2017 board represents a group of industry leaders with a broad variety of perspectives and excellent business skills that can be leveraged to the advantage of the association,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “As a regional association we are very fortunate to have the advantage of looking around the region for members that have served at the state level and select strong leadership to lead our association. With the guidance of this group of gentlemen, I am very confident we will become stronger and better serve our membership and our industry,” she added.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.


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  • 11 Oct 2016 3:41 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2016 SNA Awards. The awards were presented at the 118th Annual SNA Business Meeting on Thursday, September 1, at The Classic Center in Athens, GA during SEGreen.


    The SNA Awards Program began in 1956, when the late John B. Wight, Sr., suggested to the officers of the Southern Nursery Association that an award be offered annually to the person of their selection who, in their opinion, had contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. This first award, considered a lifetime achievement award, was named the Slater Wight Memorial Award in memory of the late J. Slater Wight, brother of the late John B. Wight, Sr. Nomination. Selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.


    This year’s recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Eelco Henry Tinga, Jr. of Tinga Nursery, Castle Hayne, NC. Eelco has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina his entire life and is a third generation nurseryman. Tinga Nursery was founded in 1913 by Eelco’s grandfather Eelco I. Tinga. The Tingas had three sons: John, who retired as a commercial cut flower and soy bean farmer; Jacob, a Doctor of Horticulture, retired from the University of Georgia; and Eelco who retired from the Tinga Nursery. The Nursery is now operated by Eelco Sr.’s son and grandson, Eelco H. Tinga, Jr., and Eelco H. Tinga, III, who has two sons, Eelco, IV and Fisher. They hope that the fifth generation of Tingas will manage the business in the future.


    Eelco has also been active in the industry most of his life. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Landscape Contractor Registration Board, President of the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen in 1988 and again in 2001, President of the Cape Fear Plant Professionals, member of the Executive Board of the Cape Fear Council BSA, President of the New Hanover County Farm Bureau and vice President of the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association. He has also served as President of the International Plant Propagator’s Society-Southern North America Region in 2001, and President of the Southern Nursery Association (2009) and remained on the board through 2014 having served a total of 11 years.


    Eelco, Jr. and his wife Linda reside in Wilmington, NC. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. In his time away from the nursery, Eelco enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, photography and water skiing.


    Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., this award is presented each year to recognize qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. The recipient must be 39 years of age or younger and must be a member of his/her state nursery association. Nominations are made by the State Associations within the SNA region with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.


    This year’s recipient of the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is Matthew W. Sawyer, CEO of Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Smithfield, VA. Born in Portsmouth, VA, Matthew attended Nansemond Suffolk Academy and received a B.S. in a combined major of business and aviation from Averett University in Danville, VA. He began working at the family nursery in 1994 at the age of 13 in the propagation department.  Through the years he has worked in production, shipping, sales, and marketing.  Matthew held the position of VP of Operations from 2007 to 2015, until his father’s (Wayne Sawyer) untimely passing in 2015 when he stepped into the role of CEO. 


    Matthew has served on the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association board from 2007 to 2014, and served as President in 2013. He served as Chair of the Virginia Nursery Association Horticulture Research Foundation (2007-2013) and coordinated the annual Research Gala Auction increasing the endowment from $630,000 to $698,000 while still funding over $215,000 in grants.  He also served on the Landscape Distribution board of ANLA and is currently working with IPPS Southern Region to plan their annual meeting in Virginia this fall.

     

    In his spare time, Matthew enjoys aviation, snowboarding, and spending time on the water. He and his wife Melanie are expecting their first child (a daughter).

     

    Established by the SNA Board in 1992, the SNA Pinnacle Award is given to the individual within the allied industry who, in the opinion of the SNA Board, has contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the south and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. This award is limited to SNA members. Nomination and selection of recipients is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    This year’s recipient of the SNA Pinnacle Award is Howard Smith of Haviland Plastics Products. After serving in the Marine Corps, Howard graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in 1971, with emphasis in World History. He earned a Master of Science Degree from Stetson University, in DeLand, Florida (1975), with emphasis on Economics and History. Howard taught Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, and Political Science at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach until 1984, and served as Head Tennis Coach from 1979-1984 while teaching there.

     

    In 1975, he and his father, Gene Smith, developed and pioneered the industry’s first large poly growing container, and started Hercules Nursery Containers, Inc. Their first poly containers were specifically designed for specimen and interior trees.

    In 1995, Hercules Nursery Containers merged with IEM Plastics, which was subsequently purchased by the Lerio Corporation.  Howard worked with the Lerio Corporation and Nursery Supplies until 2003, when he joined Haviland Plastic Products as Regional Sales Manager for the Southern Tier of States to assist the Haviland family in their innovations.

     

    Howard served on FNGLA’s Florida East Coast Chapter Board of Directors from 1978-1982, and has been active in SNA’s Disaster Relief Team since 2004.

     

    “I take great pride in promoting HPPs environmental accomplishments utilizing recycled plastics and producing the majority of our energy from renewable sources. I have enjoyed working with growers and their teams over the past four decades developing better ways to green the planet, and I am proud to say that many close personal relationships have been developed over the years with such a wonderful cadre of people,” Smith said.

     

    His hobbies include traveling, photography, boating, golfing, entertaining, coin collecting, and NASCAR. He and his wife of 40 years, Roben, reside in Daytona Beach with their toy poodle, Cinnamon.

     

    Established by the SNA Board in 1999, the SNA Environmental Award recognizes individuals and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and through their voluntary efforts exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and action to preserve and protect the environment. This award is not limited to SNA members or to the horticulture industry. Nominations for this prestigious award are made by the SNA Participating State Associations and SNA Members with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    This year’s recipients of the SNA Environmental Award is Tim Thoms, Thoms Trees and Plants, Fayetteville, GA. Thoms Trees specializes in locating quality trees and shrubs for landscape projects. A registered Landscape Architect who has been in the industry for more than 30 years, Tim’s list of contacts and sources for quality materials means he has the experience to find plants that meet his customer’s needs for quality, value and needed delivery time. His past projects include the Carter Presidential Library, the John Portman residence, Centennial Olympic Park, Auburn University Toomers Corner Oaks, East Lake Golf Club, Lindbergh City Center, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


    Tim has been an industry leader on water issues for more than 20 years and has spent countless hours away from his business working on behalf of the industry with little notice or appreciation. He played an integral part in the early days of the Georgia Water Wise Council that seeks to bring together the green industry along with water providers and environmental groups to find common ground on water conservation. He has also served with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, many times being the sole voice representing the industry among hundreds of elected officials and regulators. Finally, Tim served as the only green industry representative on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders group which worked for 3 years to develop operational plans for the basin and its reservoirs. This monumental effort brought together stakeholders from Georgia, Alabama and Florida all focused on protecting their interest’s right to water while working to find a solution that would work for all. Tim has become a recognized and knowledgeable source on outdoor water issues. His integrity and experience on the topic make him an invaluable member of the industry in Georgia and beyond.

     

    Tim is a member of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA), Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Urban Forest Council, and International Society of Arborists (ISA). He has served with the Metro Atlanta Water District, ACF Stakeholders, the Georgia Chapter of ASLA, the UGA School of Environmental Design, and the GGIA. He is a prior winner of the GGIA-Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional Award. He is a GGIA Certified Plant Professional, and a GGIA Certified Nursery Professional. He is also a registered Landscape Architect and ISA Certified Arborist.

     

    Away from his business, Tim has been actively involved in his community having previously chaired the Fayette County Planning Commission, teaching classes and coordinating youth activities at his church, as well as working with local youth sports and youth civic associations. Besides thoroughly enjoying his marriage of 32 years to Betsy Heefner, and his son, daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, Tim values cooking, officiating football and baseball, and friend and family time at Lake Burton.

     

    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 - 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to the SNA. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry.

     

    The recipient of the 2016 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor and Nursery Research and Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park where he teaches courses in Principles of Water and Nutrient Management, Greenhouse Crop Production and co-teaches Senior Capstone and Sustainable Seminar courses. 

     

    His research and extension programs are focused primarily on increasing the efficiency of water and nutrient applications in the nursery and greenhouse industries. He leads the water and nutrient management extension program for ornamental production in Maryland, with one other colleague. To date, this program has trained over 130 professionals and growers who have written over 350 water and nutrient management plans for nursery and greenhouse operations.

     

    John currently leads a national $5.16M USDA-NIFA specialty crops project, which is developing advanced sensor-based networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management in nursery and greenhouse systems. During his career, John has established or co-established five major research and extension programs, co-authored one book and five book chapters, published 24 peer-reviewed journal articles, 32 national and international conference papers, and more than 60 society, trade or extension articles.  He has been invited to speak at more than 50 International and national conferences, and has given more than 300 other national, regional presentations and workshops.

     

    John received the SNA Environmental Award in 2013 for his work in the development of advanced sensor-based wireless networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management.

     

    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. Recipients must demonstrate a sincere commitment to and passion for expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape. Nominations are accepted from attendees of the Southern Plant Conference and SNA Members. Nominees may be carried forward from one year to the next. Selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    The 2016 recipient of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence is Dr. Michael A. Dirr. Retired Professor, University of Georgia, world renowned plant breeder and evangelist, author and speaker.

     

    Dirr earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D in Plant Physiology from the University of Massachusetts. Upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts, Dirr was an Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he continued to work until 1978. He then became a Mercer Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University through 1979. In 1979, he became the Director of the University of Georgia Botanical Garden. In 1981, he returned to teaching and research at the University of Georgia and was promoted to Professor in 1984.

     

    From 1981 to 2007 Dr. Dirr fostered the University of Georgia Plant Introduction program, a program widely emulated by other universities. His program has contributed more than 100 new plants to the industry, with 13 patents. In October of 2003 Dr. Dirr officially retired from the University of Georgia and as a tribute to his many contributions to the plant world, the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia established the Michael A. Dirr Endowed Professorship for Woody Plant Instruction and Introduction. The endowment will insure that future faculty members will embody the commitment to teaching, research and woody plant introduction exemplified by Dr. Dirr.

     

    Dr. Dirr’s influence in horticulture is far reaching. From landscape and nursery industry professionals to the home gardener, his teaching and research have impacted the way we interact with woody landscape plants. He has published more than 300 scientific and popular publications, and has authored 12 books. His book, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses is one of the most widely adopted reference text in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture education. It has sold over 500,000 copies.

     

    Dr. Michael Dirr continues his quest to bring only the most outstanding plants to market. He is a founding partner of Plant Introductions, Inc. PII breeds, evaluates and introduces new woody and herbaceous plants for the nursery industry. The companyʼs new breeding, propagation, production and testing facilities are located in Watkinsville, GA.

     

    The SNA Board of Directors also honors individuals that have served this association and the nursery industry in various capacities throughout the years and have made outstanding contributions during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association with honorary membership awards. This year, three deserving industry members (Ted Stephens, Marc Teffeau, and Tom Yeager, ) received SNA Honorary Member Awards. Each recipient has made outstanding contributions to the association and the industry during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association.

     

    Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana, North Augusta, SC

    Ted was born a plantsman. His sandbox served as his first propagation bed and he spent his allowance on plants and garden supplies. So there was no surprise when Ted received his BS and MS degrees in Ornamental Horticulture at Clemson University. From 1969-1972, he taught Horticulture in the Department of Golf Course and Landscape Operations at Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida.

     

    In 1973, he founded Nurseries Caroliniana, in North Augusta, SC, a retail garden center focusing on offering rare and unusual plant material to the gardening public. In 1990, a wholesale division was begun to offer plants to other nurseries throughout the Southeast.


    Ted travels to Japan and other foreign countries on a regular basis to collect new plant selections for introduction to the American market. He is also introducing a number of his own selections which he has developed in selective breeding programs. Among these is Loropetalum ‘Carolina Moonlight’™, which is a compact white flowering form of Chinese Fringe. Loropetalum ‘Carolina Midnight’™; an upright deep burgundy foliage form with red flowers; Loropetalum ‘Garnet Fire’™, Albizia julibrissin  ‘Merlot Majik’™, a deep burgundy colored leaf Mimosa; Ilex vomitoria ‘Carolina Ruby’™ PP# 19266, a female, compact growing Yaupon Holly with one of the heaviest berry crops of any holly, and “Distylium myricoides ‘Spring Frost’ PPAF, a compact form with white spring new growth.”

     

    Ted has served as the president of the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association and has received its “Outstanding Contribution to the Nursery Industry” award. He currently serves on the advisory board for the SCmBotanical Garden, Clemson, SC and The Center for Applied Nursery Research, Dearing, GA.

     

    Nurseries Caroliniana has recently begun a mail order division, where many of their plants are shipped nationally and globally. They ship to other nurseries in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France and England, where they wish to add new cultivars of southern natives as well as other new selections from Nurseries Caroliniana to their offerings.

     

    K. Marc Teffeau, former ANLA Director of Horticultural Research and HRI, Canton, GA

    Marc was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Prince George’s County Maryland and is a career horticulturalist and adult educator by training. He has more than 40 years of experience in the horticulture industry.  His early career days were spent as an extension horticulturalist with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension (from 1974 through 2004) before joining the staff of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) where he retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs. He also served as Director of Research and Staff Administrator.

     

    Marc holds an ED.D (A.B.D. Educational Innovation and Leadership) at Wilmington University, and B.S. (Agriculture/Conservation and Resource Development), and a M.S. (Adult, Extension and Continuing Education, Concentration: Ornamental Horticulture) from the University of Maryland – College Park. He is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (C.P.H.) (Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association), a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (C.P.H.) - Specialist in Compost and Compost Utilization, and Commercial Compost Facility Manager Certification (Maryland Department of Agriculture).

     

    Marc is also a Free-lance garden writer (Tidewater Gardening – monthly gardening column in regional Eastern Shore of Maryland publication Tidewater Times) and contributor to various nation industry publications including Nursery Management, NM PRO, American Nurseryman and local publications including the Delmarva Farmer and the Delmarva Gardener.

     

    Upon retiring from ANLA/HRI in 2013, Marc and his wife Linda relocated from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to north Georgia to be closer to family. He continues to be involved in supporting the nursery industry by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Foundation, and volunteers to assist SNA with their annual event. He is also a University of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer - Cherokee County Master Gardener, since 2014 and is President-Elect of the Cherokee County Master Gardener Association.

     

    Dr. Tom Yeager, Professor, Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville, Florida

    Tom is a native of Alabama, where he managed a wholesale container nursery before pursuing graduate studies in Virginia. After completing his Ph.D., he assumed extension and research responsibilities at the University of Florida, where a team approach and partnerships have resulted in significant achievements.  One such accomplishment was leading the development of a Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide for nursery crops. Several universities, governmental agencies, and the nursery industry worked cooperatively to write the BMP Guide that was printed and distributed by the Southern Nursery Association. Another significant accomplishment was the enhancement of cooperation between governmental agencies and the nursery industry in Florida. Tom worked with a task force to craft BMPs that provide nursery plant producers the opportunity to obtain a waiver of state imposed liability from ground and surface water contamination. 

     

    The long-term objectives of Tom’s research and extension programs are to develop and implement the use of irrigation schedules based on plant water needs. Applying the precise amount of water needed by plants will conserve water and minimize nutrient loss to the environment.  Precision irrigation is accomplished by the implementation of management strategies based on model systems in which plant growth and nutrient loss (efficiency) are predicted from environmental and physical inputs. The adoption of this science-based information obtained from the research program is disseminated to the nursery industry through the network of university extension personnel conducting county and regional educational programs in addition to industry association seminars, print, and electronic media.

     

    Yeager has been instrumental in numerous research projects and industry papers. He received the SNA Environmental Award (2003), was recognized as the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Outstanding Specialist (2003), the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region Sidney B. Meadows Award (2008), and elected as a Fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region (2010).

     

    SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements. The SNA Awards Program is designed to recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through these annual awards. For a list of previous SNA award winners, visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.

     

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.

     

    Photos of all award winners can be found on the SNA website at www.sna.org.

     

    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.

     

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  • 29 Apr 2016 1:10 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    New SEGreen Landscape Conference Announced 

    A Lineup of 34 Industry Experts, 6 Career Tracks, 37 Sessions


    Atlanta, Ga., May 13, 2016 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced details of the new SEGreen Landscape Conference, scheduled for August 31 – September 1, 2016, at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. The conference, produced by SNA in cooperation with University of Georgia Extension and sponsored by the Georgia Urban Ag Council, will be held in conjunction with the new SEGreen event and is a major component of the educational program and will run parallel with the SEGreen Plant Conference.


    The SEGreen Landscape Conference provides the perfect platform for the landscaper to gain valuable knowledge and expand their business. This new conference offers six tracks in Career Advancement, Business Expansion, Integrated Pest Management, Environment & Design, Landscape Design, and Landscape Pro Certification. Topics include plant selection, estimating, design and installation, pruning, pest management, turf management, equipment safety and maintenance, irrigation installation - and more. 


    Thirty-four of the industry’s top experts in their field will share their knowledge and expertise during this two-day conference. The speaker lineup and sessions include:


    Brian Arnold, Owner, Song Bird Landscape

    Exotic versus Natives:  The Battle Goes On!


    Rick Barnes, Downey Trees

    Investing for the Long-Term in Tree & Plant Health Care


    Dr. Kris Braman, Professor of Entomology, University of Georgia

    Natural Enemies & Biological Controls


    Dr. Ben Campbell, Economic Specialist, University of Georgia Extension

    Economics: Understanding the Green Industry Consumer    

             

    Greg Curtis, ANR County Extension Agent, University of Georgia Extension

    Selecting Woody Ornamentals for Urban Sites


    Dr. Mark Czarnota, Weed Specialist, University of Georgia Extension

    Weed Management in Ornamentals     


    Tim Daly, ANR County Extension Agent, University of Georgia Extension

    Insect Pests & Disease Identification  


    Brad Davis, Associate Professor, BLA Program Director, 

    UGA College of Environment & Design

    Kirk Hines, Director of Horticultural Therapy, A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab

    Applying Horticultural Therapy in Hospitals:  A Practical Approach


    James Davis, Training Coordinator, Georgia Utility Training Academy

    Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission Level 1A Fundamentals Seminar


    Dr.Charles Guy, Professor, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Florida IFAS

    The Healing Power of Plants


    Greg Huber, Training Coordinator, UGA Center for Urban Ag

    Preparing for the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Written and Hands-On Exams and

    Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Hands-on Exam and Written Exams


    Dr. Will Hudson, Entomology Specialist, University of Georgia Extension

    Insect Pests of Landscape Ornamentals and Insect Pests of Turf


    Dr. Elizabeth Little, Pathology Specialist, University of Georgia Extension

    Turf Diseases


    Dr. Richard Ludwig, Retired Director of Horticulture, Gwinnett Technical College

    Bill Slack, Landscape Architect and Vicki Proano, Landscape Designer

    Landscape Design Fundamentals  Workshop

    Landscape Design Advanced Workshop


    Keith Mickler, ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator, University of Georgia Extension

    Equipment Maintenance & Troubleshooting


    Dr. Wilf Nichols, Director, UGA State Botanical Garden

    Native Plants


    Rolando Orellana, ANR County Extension Agent, University of Georgia Extension

    Equipment Safety


    Dr. Bodie Pennisi, Landscape Specialist, University of Georgia Extension

    Becky Griffin, Community and School Garden Coordinator, Center for Urban Ag and UGA ExtensionStrategies to Promote Georgia’s Pollinators and their Habitats


    Steve Pettis, Jr., Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent, University of Georgia Extension

    An Introduction to Commercial Pest Management Services


    Aaron Poulsen, Program Director Environmental Horticulture, Gwinnett Technical College

    Plan, Take-Off & Estimating


    Jake Price, Extension Agent/Coordinator, University of Georgia Extension

    Selection & Use of Palms and Cold Hardy Citrus


    Paul Pugliese, MPPPM, County Coordinator, Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent, 

    UGA Extension

    Identification and Prevention of Phenoxy Herbicide Damage


    Mary Carol Scheffield, ANR County Extension Agent/Coordinator, University of Georgia ExtensionPruning Ornamentals


    Tom Shannon, Water Conservation Advisor Eastern US, 

    Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply 

    Fundamentals of Irrigation Design


    Amanda Tedrow, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, County Extension Coordinator

    University of Georgia Extension

    Made for Shade: Ferns, Hostas, Hellebores and Other Great Plants


    Craig Thurmond, Environmental Horticulture Instructor, North Georgia Technical College

    Hardscapes: A Look into the Elaborate Hardscapes of Large and Small Scale Designs


    Kim Toal, County Coordinator, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent

    University of Georgia Extension

    Landscaping Roadsides and Right-of-Ways


    Chris Wakefield, President, The Outdoor Lights

    Landscape Lighting:  A System for Success


    Dr. Clint Waltz, Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, 

    University of Georgia Extension 

    Turf Management: Fine Tuning Your Turfgrass Fertility Program


    Dr. Jean Williams-Woodward, Plant Pathology Specialist

    University of Georgia Extension 

    Diseases of Landscape Ornamentals and Update on Boxwood Blight


    “We are very fortunate to have had the collaboration and support of UGA Extension to build such a robust educational program for landscape professionals,” said Karen Summers, Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association. “And, we are very excited to have the Georgia Urban Ag Council as a sponsor,” she added.


    “Education is the key to growing and expanding your business, and differentiating your business from your competitors,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, Executive Director of the Georgia Urban Ag Council. “We are proud to support SEGreen in the shared goal of raising professionalism in our industry, and encourage our members and all landscape industry professionals to attend!”


    Registration for the conference is $90 for a 1-Day Access Pass (Wednesday or Thursday), and $150 for an All Access Pass (Wednesday and Thursday), with the option of attending any SEGreen Plant Conference or SEGreen Landscape Conference sessions. A SEGreen Name Badge is included with registration for access to the SEGreen Marketplace. Speaker bios, session titles and description, schedule and registration information can be found on the SEGreen website at www.segreen.org. 


    SEGreen, scheduled for August 30 - September 1, 2016, will offer vision for Southeast grower, landscaper, and retailer through a regional marketplace, education, and garden, nursery and retail tours. A host of the region’s top experts will participate, sharing their expertise and perspectives on the road ahead.


    The event will kick off with a garden, nursery and retail tour on Tuesday, August 30. Included on the agenda is the SEGreen Marketplace, SEGreen Plant Conference and the SEGreen Landscape Conference (August 31 and September 1). SNA will be conducting annual business as well during SEGreen with the 61st SNA Research Conference (August 30 – August 31), the 118th Annual SNA Business Meeting (September 1), and the SNA State Officer’s Conference (September 2).


    The Classic Center, located in downtown Athens, Georgia, offers state-of-the-art technology in modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historical structures. Numerous hotels, restaurants and pubs are within walking distance. Connected by five major highways and convenient to two interstates that link Athens to the Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg International airports, The Classic Center is the perfect fit for this new event.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    More details of SEGreen will be released in the coming weeks. For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SEGreen website at www.segreen.org.


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  • 20 Apr 2016 4:37 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SEGreen Plant Conference Speakers Announced 

    A Lineup of Visionary Authors, Breeders, Geneticists, Horticulturalists, Professors and World 

    Travelers Will Provide a Glimpse of New Plants Coming to Market at the SEGreen Plant Conference


    Atlanta, Ga., April 20, 2016 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced details of 

    the SEGreen Plant Conference, scheduled for August 31 – September 1, 2016. The conference will be held in conjunction with SEGreen at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.


    Ten of the industry’s top plant experts will share their knowledge and expertise during this two-day conference. Internationally recognized plantsmen, Don Shadow, SNA past president, and Dr. Michael Dirr, author and retired professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia, will moderate the sessions featuring an impressive list of authors, botanical garden directors, breeders, geneticist, horticulturists, professors, and world travelers.


    The SEGreen Plant Conference provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse of exciting new plants coming to market, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit, and the most interesting flower or foliage.


    The speaker lineup and sessions include:


    Dr. David Creech, Regent’s Professor and Professor Emeritus, Stephen F. Austin State University

    Climate Change Friendly Trees and Shrubs for the South

    Dr. Michael Dirr, Retired Professor, University of Georgia, Author, Cofounder Plant Introductions

    The Best of the Plant Conference

    Natalia Hamill, Brand & Business Development Manager, Bailey Nurseries

    So We’ve Got all These New Genetics, Now What?

    Dr. Thomas Molnar, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

    The Rutgers Woody Ornamental and Nut Tree Breeding Program: New Plants and Future Directions            

    Dr. Richard Olsen, Director, US National Arboretum

    National Arboretum 2.0 :  Creating New Legacies for an Impactful Future

    Dr. Allen Owings, Professor and Research Coordinator, Louisiana State University AgCenter

    Herbaceous Lagniappe from the Louisiana Landscape

    Dr. Tom Ranney, Professor, NC State University Mt. Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center

    Breeding Breakthrough Plants: The Newest Introductions from NCSU

    Dr. Tim Rinehart, Research Plant Molecular Geneticist, USDA Agricultural Research Service

    Sequencing the Genome: Hydrangea Macrophylla’s Genetic Secrets Finally Revealed

    David Roberts, General Manager and Plant Breeder, Plant Introductions/Bailey Nurseries

    From Idea to Introduction:  Using Breeding Innovations and Understanding Limitations to 

    Improve Ornamental Characteristics and Environmental Tolerance

    Panel Discussion:  Bringing New Plants to Market and Creating Winners

    Dr. Dennis Werner, Professor Emeritus, NC State Department of Horticulture Science

    Designer Genes - Designer Redbuds:  Twenty Years of Cercis Breeding


    The Don Shadow Award of Excellence will be presented at the conclusion of the conference followed by the SEGreen New Plant Auction. In addition, a UGA Campus Landscape Walk & Talk with Dr. Michael Dirr is scheduled following the conference.


    Registration for the conference is $90 for a 1-Day Access Pass (Wednesday or Thursday), and $150 for an All Access Pass (Wednesday and Thursday), with the option of attending any Plant Conference or Landscape Conference sessions. A SEGreen Name Badge is included with registration for access to the SEGreen Marketplace. Speaker bios, session titles and description, schedule and registration information can be found on the SEGreen website at www.segreen.org. 


    SEGreen, scheduled for August 30 - September 1, 2016, will offer vision for Southeast grower, landscaper, and retailer through a regional marketplace, education, and garden, nursery and retail tours. 

    A host of the region’s top experts will participate, sharing their expertise and perspectives on the road ahead. 


    The event will kick off with garden, nursery and retail tours on Tuesday, August 30. Included on 

    the agenda is the SEGreen Marketplace, SEGreen Plant Conference and the SEGreen Landscape 

    Conference (August 31 and September 1). SNA will be conducting annual business as well during 

    SEGreen with the 61st SNA Research Conference (August 30 – August 31), the 118th Annual SNA 

    Business Meeting (September 1), and the SNA State Officer’s Conference (September 2).


    The Classic Center, located in downtown Athens, Georgia, offers state-of-the-art technology in modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historical structures. Numerous hotels, restaurants and pubs are within walking distance. Connected by five major highways and convenient to two interstates that link Athens to the Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg International airports, The Classic Center is the perfect fit for this new event.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    More details of SEGreen will be released in the coming weeks. For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SEGreen website at www.segreen.org.


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  • 13 Apr 2016 6:21 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Mary Henegar, wife of retired SNA Executive Tommy Henegar passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Tommy Henegar served as the Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association (1972 - 1988.) Mary offered full support and involvement in the association during those 16 years. Tommy preceded Mary in death in July of 2011.

    Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00pm at the Lone Oaks Cemetery in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Memorials can be made to:

    First United Methodist Church
    325 W Church St, Lewisburg, TN 37091

    or 

    Marshall County Memorial Library
    310 Old Farmington Rd
    Lewisburg, TN 37091

    Notes of sympathy can be sent to:

    The Family of Mary Henegar
    c/o Leonard Cathey
    1223 Stoney Point Ln
    Franklin TN 37067

    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Mary Henegar. We honor the work that both Tommy and Mary did for the association.

  • 24 Mar 2016 12:14 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Mary Lucille Husted Meadows Fultz died March 20, 2016 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Mississippi following a brief illness. She was born April 18, 1923 in Alexandria, Louisiana to the late Lily Merritt and Gordon Morgan Husted. Ms. Fultz graduated from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and completed three years of college at Henderson Teachers College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She was married to Sidney Branch Meadows for 46 years until his death in 1988. Together they had four children. Fultz was a devoted mother, homemaker and supporter of her husband's career at Flowerwood Nursery and the nursery industry. In 1990, Fultz married the late Charles Leonard Fultz and for four years, the two shared a great love and many adventures as they traveled across the U.S. and Canada. 


    Fultz was a faithful and active life-time member of the United Methodist Church at several churches in Mobile: Government Street; South Brookley; and most recently at Ashland Place. In every church, Fultz found great satisfaction serving as a teacher in the Sunday School as well as serving in United Methodist Women and every other service opportunity that presented itself. Fultz was a lifetime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and held many leadership positions in her chapter and in the Mobile organization at large. She enthusiastically enjoyed leading guided tours of the Richards DAR House in Downtown Mobile for many years. Fultz was a voracious reader and loved to keep up with current events and enjoyed lively discussions at home and in numerous groups. For the last 20 years, the group dearest to her heart was The Wise Women: Six extraordinary women formed a Study, Support and Accountabilty group which met weekly in each others' homes. Together they studied Scripture, challenging theology topics, poetry, fiction and non-fiction: anything the group found interesting. These satisfying and deep friendships enriched and sustained Fultz to the end of her life.


    SNA's Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, established in 1989, was named to honor Mary's first husband and SNA past president (1968).


    A Service of Death and Ressurection will be held on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Ashland Place United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the church parlor with the service following in the Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place directly after the service at Mobile Memorial Gardens. Radney Funeral Home is providing direction and arrangements. 


    Ms. Fultz is survived by her daughters, Mary Jane Meadows-Hillen (Reed) of Tupelo, Ms. and Margaret Meadows Moore (Karl) of Birmingham, Al.; four grandchildren, W. J. Livingston, MD, (Lark) Mary Meadows Livingston, Katie Barrier (Jamie) and Sid Meadows and their mother, Mary Alice Krotine. She is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren, Lilly, Lucy, Charley and Claire Livingston and Billy Barrier. She is also survived by the Leonard Fultz family, Diane and Dave Harvey and their children, Steve and Missy, as well as Thom and Cindy Fultz and their children, Paul, Anne and Hope. Relationships with numerous nieces and nephews greatly enriched her life. She is preceded in death by her husband Sidney Branch Meadows and husband Charles Leonard Fultz; two sons, David Gordon Meadows and Glenn Sidney Meadows as well as one brother and two sisters. 


    Memorials may be made to Ashland Place United Methodist Church, 15 Wisteria Ave. Mobile, Al. 36607.


    See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/mobile/obituary.aspx?n=mary-husted-meadows-fultz&pid=178165280


    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Mary Meadows as well as a sincere thank you for all that the Meadows family has done for the association for so many years.

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