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  • 25 Jan 2012 12:03 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today the 2012 Porter Henegar Memorial Award winner. SNA recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through their annual awards program.


    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who has made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural reasearch 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 this association. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry. This year's Porter Henegar Memorial Award winner is Dr. Charles R. Hall. 


    A native of North Carolina, Dr. Hall received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984 and his Master’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He then obtained his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1988 and began his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.


    Dr. Hall’s expertise in the production and marketing of Green Industry crops is nationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves. His major research, teaching, & extension areas of specialization include strategic management, market situation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis for Green Industry firms. He is an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international meetings of various industry-related associations and organizations. He is particularly known for the enthusiasm, passion, and intensity he exhibits when speaking.


    Dr. Hall is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and has received TNLA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. In academia, Dr. Hall has received Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Student Counseling and Relations. Various Extension awards include the Outstanding Extension Publication Award from the American Society of Horticultural Science; and the Certificate of Meritorious Service and the State Early Career Award, both presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional society of the National Extension Service. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity and has received their Grand Presidents Award and Brother of the Century designation.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:56 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 student research competition award winners. Seven students from five universities were presented cash awards during the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition that took place at the 114th Annual SNA Research Conference in Mobile, AL, on January 18, 2012. Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA and Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA, sponsors of the student competition, made these awards possible.

    Awards were presented by M.S., B.S., and PhD categories as follows:


    B.S. First Place - $500

    S. Evan Wilson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Development of an Elevated Dissolved Oxygen Treatment System


    M.S. First Place - $500

    Irene E. Palmer, North Carolina State University

    Biomass Yield and Nitrogen Response of Perennial Bioenergy Grasses in North Carolina


    M.S. Second Place - $300

    Jason B. Lattier, North Carolina State University

    In Vitro Regenration and Polyploid Induction of Acer platanoides L. 'Cromson Sentry'


    M.S. Third Place - $200

    Rebecca L. Pledger, North Carolina State University

    In Bed with Rain Gardens


    PhD First Place - $500

    Matthew S. Wilson, Kansas State University

    Feeding Preference of Southern Pine Sawyer Beetle for Four Species of Pine


    PhD Second Place - $300

    Anthony L. Witcher, University of Southern Mississippi

    Factors Affecting Early Seedling Development in Whole Pine Tree Substrates


    PhD Third Place - $200

    Adam F. Newby, Ohio State University

    Effects of Managed Substrate Moisture Content on Zinnia Growth Under Zero and Near-Zero Leachate Treatments


    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.


    Student involvement in the SNA Research Conference is vital to the future of horticulture. SNA acknowledges the efforts of these students and looks forward to their horticultural research contributions in the future. SNA supports horticultural research through various industry programs and services.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:49 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 honorary member award winners. The SNA Board of Directors honors individuals that have served the 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. 


    This year, the following members were awarded honorary membership for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture:

    Thomas E.“Buddy” Martin, Martin's Nursery, Semmes, AL
    Charles H. “Charlie” Parkerson, Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA
    Dr. Sandra M. Reed, Retired Research Geneticist, U.S. National Arboretum, Atlanta, GA
    William D. “Bill” Reese, Greenbriar Nurseries, Ocala, FL


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:48 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 award winners. SNA recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through these annual awards. The 2012 SNA awards were presented to the following individuals.


    Honorary Memberships:

    The SNA Board of Directors honors individuals that have served the 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. This year, the following members were awarded honorary membership for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture:


    Thomas E.“Buddy” Martin, Martin's Nursery, Semmes, AL

    Charles H. “Charlie” Parkerson, Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA

    Dr. Sandra M. Reed, Retired Research Geneticist, U.S. National Arboretum, Atlanta, GA

    William D. “Bill” Reese, Greenbriar Nurseries, Ocala, FL


    Bryson L. James Student Research Competition Awards:


    Seven students from five universities were presented cash awards during the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition that took place at the 114th Annual SNA Research Conference in Mobile, AL, on January 18, 2012. Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA and Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA, sponsors of the student competition, made these awards possible.


    Awards were presented by M.S., B.S., and PhD categories as follows:


    B.S. First Place - $500

    S. Evan Wilson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Development of an Elevated Dissolved Oxygen Treatment System


    M.S. First Place - $500

    Irene E. Palmer, North Carolina State University

    Biomass Yield and Nitrogen Response of Perennial Bioenergy Grasses in North Carolina


    M.S. Second Place - $300

    Jason B. Lattier, North Carolina State University

    In Vitro Regenration and Polyploid Induction of Acer platanoides L. 'Cromson Sentry'


    M.S. Third Place - $200

    Rebecca L. Pledger, North Carolina State University

    In Bed with Rain Gardens


    PhD First Place - $500

    Matthew S. Wilson, Kansas State University

    Feeding Preference of Southern Pine Sawyer Beetle for Four Species of Pine


    PhD Second Place - $300

    Anthony L. Witcher, University of Southern Mississippi

    Factors Affecting Early Seedling Development in Whole Pine Tree Substrates


    PhD Third Place - $200

    Adam F. Newby, Ohio State University

    Effects of Managed Substrate Moisture Content on Zinnia Growth Under Zero and Near-Zero Leachate Treatments


    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.


    Student involvement in the SNA Research Conference is vital to the future of horticulture. SNA acknowledges the efforts of these students and looks forward to their horticultural research contributions in the future. SNA supports horticultural research through various industry programs and services.


    Porter Henegar Memorial Award:


    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who has made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural reasearch 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 this association. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry. This year's Porter Henegar Memorial Award winner is Dr. Charles R. Hall.


    A native of North Carolina, Dr. Hall received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984 and his Master’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He then obtained his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1988 and began his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.


    Dr. Hall’s expertise in the production and marketing of Green Industry crops is nationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves. His major research, teaching, & extension areas of specialization include strategic management, market situation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis for Green Industry firms. He is an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international meetings of various industry-related associations and organizations. He is particularly known for the enthusiasm, passion, and intensity he exhibits when speaking.


    Dr. Hall is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and has received TNLA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. In academia, Dr. Hall has received Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Student Counseling and Relations. Various Extension awards include the Outstanding Extension Publication Award from the American Society of Horticultural Science; and the Certificate of Meritorious Service and the State Early Career Award, both presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional society of the National Extension Service. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity and has received their Grand Presidents Award and Brother of the Century designation.


    David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award:


    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 SNA Participating State Association with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.


    Halsey W. Beshears was born on November 27, 1971 in Winter Park, Florida. His family moved to Monticello, Florida in 1973, when he was two. He attended Aucilla Christian Academy in Monticello and graduated from Brookwood School in Thomasville, GA in 1989. He received his B.S. in Social Science from Florida State University and his M.S. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. Halsey began his career in the nursery industry in 1997 at his family business, Simpson Nurseries, a wholesale container growing operation servicing the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions, and today is Vice President.


    Halsey’s has participated in and received the following awards: Wedgeworth Leadership Institute Graduate Class V (2002- 2008), Wedgeworth Leadership Board of Directors (2002- 2008), President, FNGLA Big Bend Chapter (2002-2004), FNGLA Board of Directors (2003-2008), President of Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization (2008), Farm Bureau Family of Jefferson County (2009), FNGLA Young Nursery Professional of the Year (2009), Board of Advisors Farmers & Merchants Bank (2007-2011), FNGLA President (2011-Present), Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board of Advi- sors (2009-Present). He is an active member of Presbyterian Church of Monticello and the Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization. He has been a Private Instrument Rated Pilot since 2000 with over 1000 hours as PIC.


    Halsey and his wife Cristin have three daughters: Grace Hamilton – 10, Caroline Turner - 8 and Suzanne Whitelaw – 4.


    Slater Wight Memorial Award:


    In 1956, 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. The 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 and selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.


    Joseph Claude Kinney was born on April 23, 1946, in Gaines- ville, GA. After graduating from Gainesville High School he attended the University of Georgia (1964-1965) and Gainesville State College (1968-1970). He served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division from 1965-1968. In 1972, Joe began his career in the nursery industry at Gro-Plant (known as Simpson Nursery) as an “on the road” salesman. He worked for Baucom’s Nursery (1973-1975) and later became sales manager of Flow- erwood Nursery. In July 1988, he founded Kinney Nursery (65 acres) and today produces a general line of container-grown nursery stock with emphasis on camellia, fruit and nut trees, fruiting vines and bushes, and stock not common to the trade. Joe’s business goal remains the same after 24 years – to produce high quality nursery stock, provide excellent customer service and treat employees, customers, and suppliers with respect.


    Joe received the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was the found- ing President of the GSHE (1998-1999). He is a member of Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association and served as President (1999-2000), a member of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and served as Senator (2006-2010), a member of the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association, the Southern Nursery Association, the South Alabama Nursery Associa- tion, the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association. He is also member of American Azalea Society, the American Camellia Society, and the International Plant Propagators Society. 


    Joe and his wife Cherry live in Mobile, AL. They have one son, Chad, and two grandsons, Brandon and Alex.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 20 Jan 2012 9:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its new board of directors elected at the 114th Annual SNA Business Meeting held on January 19, during the Gulf States Horticultural Exposition in Mobile, AL.


    2012 SNA Officers include:


    President

    William J. "Bill" Boyd, Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN


    Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 4 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas)

    Jeffrey Howell, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS


    Executive Vice President

    Karen Summers, Summers & Associates, Acworth, GA


    2012 SNA Board of Directors include:


    Director Chapter 1 (Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

    Eelco Tinga, Jr., Tinga Nursery, Inc., Castle Hayne, NC


    Director Chapter 2 (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina)

    Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL


    Director Chapter 3 (Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee)

    Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

       

    Immediate Past President

    Randy Bracy, Bracy's Nursery, LLC, Amite, LA


    Board Advisor

    Danny Summers, Summers & Associates, Acworth, GA


    "I look forward to working with this new board and carrying out their directives as we move forward in redefining and rebuilding the SNA," said Karen Summers, Executive Vice President. "Their knowledge, expertise and vision will be an invaluable contribution to the association and will significantly accelerate our restructuring and growth initiatives."


    Newly elected President, Bill Boyd, is serving his second term on the SNA Board. He served his first term from 2002 - 2007, serving as President in 2006. Eelco Tinga, Jr. is serving his second term on the SNA Board as well. He served his first term on the SNA Board from 2005 - 2010, and served as SNA President in 2009. 


    "It is an honor to have these two well-seasoned and knowledgeable men serving on the SNA Board during this time, said Danny Summers, Board Advisor, Southern Nursery Association. "They both understand where SNA has been and where we need to go. Their wisdom can help steer us in the right direction as we set new goals for the future."


    Newly elected board member, Michael Hobbs, is President of Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN. A third generation nurseryman, Michael has been active in the industry for more than 40 years. Founded by his father and mother, Leslie and Frances Hobbs, in 1950, Warren County Nursery is a wholesale field growing operation and greenhouses for liner production offering a complete line of bareroot seedlings, cuttings, liners, vines, wildflowers, fruit and nut trees, balled & burlap shrubs, shade trees, ornamentals and evergreens. Warren County Nursery has over 400 acres in production and over the past sixty years has become recognized as a supplier of native plants used in wetlands and reforestation plantings. 


    Hobbs has served on the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Board of Directors and served as president in 1979 and 1990. He was awarded the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Wholesale Nurseryman of the Year in 1990. He received SNA's David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award in 1980, and served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 2005. Hobbs has also served on the Horticultural Research Institute's Board as well as many other industry committees. 

    Locally he has received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1980 and served as McMinnville Jaycees President in 1982.


    Michael married Margaret Robinson in 1969. They have three daughters:  Brandy, Ashley and Emily; four grandchildren:  Carter (10), Lauren (6), Ian (4), and Elliot (2). Michael and Margaret are members of the Hebron Church of Christ in McMinnville.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 18 Jan 2012 9:16 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The first electronic SNA News is available for downloading as a portable document format (PDF). The January 2012 SNA News includes information on:

    SNA's New Website Features 
    More Than 10,000 Pages of Research
    Member Listings
    Regional Events
    News
    Forums and More

    SNA Events At GSHE
    57th Annual SNA Research Conference
    Special State of the Industry Roundtable Session
    114th Annual SNA Business Meeting

    2012 SNA Award Winners
    Honorary Member Award
    David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award
    Slater Wight Memorial Award

    BMP Version 3.0 To Be Released This Year
    Best Management Practices Guide v 3.0 Will Be Available – 
    Free of Charge – On The SNA Website Later This Year

    SNA Office Is Back In Metro Atlanta
    Update Your Records With Our New Information

    To download the January 2012 SNA News Click Here.

  • 15 Nov 2011 12:34 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SMALLWOOD, DAVID, 81, of Okolona, was born September 15, 1930 to the late Dodson and Minnie Ora Gibson Smallwood and returned to his Heavenly Father November 13, 2011.


    Among those who preceded him in death include his parents and a sister, Doris Austin.

    He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Morrison Smallwood; sons, David L. Jr. (Sandra), Michael S. (Diane) and Ross P. Smallwood: sister, Deloris Lind: brother, Donald Smallwood (Barbara); nine grandchildren, Kent, Damian, Kimberly, Matthew, Sean, Derrick, Kyle, Mitchell and Alexandria; seven great-grandchildren; a host of other family and friends.

    Mr. Smallwood, owner/operator of Ken-Mulch Inc. and a Kentucky Colonel, was past president, secretary/ treasurer of Iroquois Kiwanis Club and cofounder of local Kiwanis Clubs - Okolona, South Louisville, Shepherdsville and Shelbyville, cofounder of the Tennessee Walking Horse Jubilee, a member of the Kentucky Nurseryman's Association, Louisville Nurseryman's Association and Southern Nurseryman's Association, Better Business Bureau, Eastern Kentucky University Advisory Committee and a Key Club sponsor for Southern High School. David was chairman of the 75th Anniversary meeting and trade show of the Southern Nurserymen's Association in Atlanta, GA.

    Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Brookland Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects 11a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst.

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  • 10 Nov 2011 12:36 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    LILLARD, Lillie Ann Marshall, 97 of Louisville passed away Thursday November 10th, 2011 at her home with her daughters and her caregiver by her side.


    She was the owner/operator of Lillard Nursery and started in 1948 and retired at age 85 after 52 years in business.  She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, the American Nurserymen’s Association, Louisville Nursery Association, an honorary Kentucky Nursery Association and University of Kentucky Fellow.


    In 1974 she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Noble Lillard.  She is survived by her daughters, Mildred L. Wearren and Bonita L. Smith (Bryan) of Traverse City, MI., sister Melba Boots, grandchildren, David Schlueter, Doug Wearren Jr., Brent Wearren (Julie), Jeffrey Wearren (Betsy) and Mindy Carlton, great grandchildren, Kennedy Schlueter, Preston, Trent, Chandler and Luke Carlton, Jason, Jessica, Blake and Austin Wearren.


    Her funeral service was held on Monday November 14, 2011 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with private burial in Napoleon Cemetery in Gallatin County Kentucky.


    In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 13800 Aiken Road, Louisville, KY 40245

  • 10 Oct 2011 9:38 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Oak Grove, VA, October 10, 2011 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is moving beyond the small steps it has taken over the past few months to rebuild the association and has begun taking larger steps to focus on rebuilding the marketplace in the Southeast.


    Founded in 1899, the SNA was a prominent industry leader for more than 100 years. After a transition of leadership in 2006, and several years of economic downturn, coupled with industry consolidation, a decline in membership and the cancellation of the annual SNA trade show, the 112-year old association found itself in a downward spiral and a stagnant condition. In November of 2010, Danny and Karen Summers, who served the association from 1988 to 2006, contacted the current board of directors and a core group of past presidents and members to encourage them to pull together to save the association.


    In February of this year, Karen Summers was appointed Interim Executive Vice President. Danny Summers was appointed Board Advisor. Since then, the group has been hard at work to set new directives for organizational change to rebuild the association and once again become an integral part of the horticulture industry in the southeast. The future focus will be on member services to promote sales and profitability, and monitoring issues that cross state lines and impact the region. Taking advantage of the digital age, vital industry services, current news and relevant information will be delivered online through the new SNA website (www.sna.org). The new website features a virtual marketplace with a robust search engine for locating people, products and services, as well as more than 10,000 pages of horticultural research. Member forums, blogs, and email alerts add to the functionality of the new system.


    To assure regional participation and input, several new committees have been created and will be functioning soon. These new committees will assist with efforts to provide communication, education, information and marketing opportunities throughout the region. In addition, the annual SNA Business Meeting and SNA Research Conference have been scheduled and will be held in conjunction with the GSHE in Mobile, AL in January of 2012. A special roundtable discussion, exploring ways to stimulate the marketplace to create more business opportunities in the Southeast is planned to take place during this time. More details to follow.


    You can expect to see many changes and lots of activity in the coming months with the launch of the new website, new committee development, member surveys, regional news and information disseminated once again, and industry leaders recognized through the SNA awards program.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For further information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Voice: 804.224.9352, Fax: 804.224.9352, Email: mail@sna.org or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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    Southern Nursery Association, Inc., 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443 

    Phone/Fax: 804-224-9352, Email: mail@sna.org, Website: www.sna.org

  • 06 Oct 2011 3:01 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Your input is needed to evaluate the current Nursery Crop Insurance Program.  


    Watts and Associates, Inc. (http://www.wattsandassociates.com/), under contract to the USDA Risk Management Agency, will hold a listening session regarding the FCIC Nursery Crops Insurance Program in October. The listening session is scheduled at 9 AM, October 13, 2011, at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center Conference Room,  472 Cadillac Lane McMinnville,  TN . If you plan to attend, please contact Dr. Randy Landgren (rlandgren@wattsandassociates.com) so rooms with space appropriate for the sessions can be arranged.

    The contract covers a review of existing insurance and a look at what might be done to improve the program under the constraints of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Producers are especially encouraged to attend. Other industry stakeholders (insurance personnel, educators, suppliers, shippers, etc.) are welcome. Individuals who do not fit into either of these broad categories, but who wish to provide input or are interested in the research process are also welcome to attend. The focus of the listening sessions will be upon obtaining information not otherwise available, such as degree of interest, reasons for interest, willingness to pay, risks to production (natural and man-made), perceptions of potential conflicts and difficulties, etc. However, information will be welcomed regarding all topics of interest.


    If you would prefer to send written input, please send it to Dr. Landgren (rlandgren@wattsandassociates.com). A phone contact in your email will allow follow-up if necessary, but supplying such contact information is not a requirement.

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