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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.

  • 11 Mar 2016 1:34 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2016 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans for SEGreen, a new event, debuting August 30 – September 1, 2016, at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. SEGreen will look to the future for Southeast growers, landscapers, and retailers 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.  


    This year’s event will kick off with garden, nursery and retail tours on 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).


    SEGreen will enable participants to see more green in their future by providing a platform for learning about and sourcing new and innovative products, gaining knowledge about near and long-term industry dynamics, and cultivating new business relationships. SEGreen will attract all industry segments across the Southeast – breeders, growers, landscapers, retailers, researchers, manufacturers, distributors, and service providers. The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 industry professionals.


    The SEGreen Marketplace will feature the best plants and related landscape products. The product mix will include ornamental trees and shrubs, color, equipment and related landscape and outdoor living products, garden gifts and accessories, seasonal products, and more – all from the region’s top growers and suppliers.


    Education for the grower, the landscaper, and the retailer will be divided into major areas of focus offering breakthrough concepts and hands-on training to further develop careers and expand business. The SEGreen Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market and offer a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SEGreen Landscape Conference will feature estimating, design, and installation workshops for the novice or master alike. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research.  Plus, on-floor education will feature new product demonstrations and reviews.


    “SEGreen is truly a vision of the future, offering attendees a new opportunity to see leading “green” people, see the newest and most innovative “green” products, and see more “green” in their bottom line, ” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “And Athens has a lot to offer – from art, shopping, dining and nightlife to gardens, local nurseries and retail garden centers. It has the vibe and energy to attract a large audience and build a fresh, new regional event,” she added.


    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 SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 04 Mar 2016 12:43 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Mar. 5, 1934 - Mar. 1, 2016 Christine Parker Pursell March 5, 1934 - March 1, 2016 Mrs. Christine "Chris" Parker Pursell, beloved wife of Mr. James "Jimmy" Taylor Pursell, passed away to heaven on the afternoon of March 1, 2016, just 4 days from her 82nd birthday. 


    Chris was born on March 5, 1934, to former mayor and Parker Fertilizer Company owner, Mr. Howard Arrington Parker, and to Mrs. Ola David Parker. She had one older sister, Julia Parker Oliver (July 7, 1929-July 10, 2014) and one younger brother, Howard Arrington Parker, Jr. (March 3, 1941-March 26, 1966). Chris was introduced to her future husband, Jimmy Pursell, by none other than Mr. Jim Nabors, a longtime local family friend who was made famous through his portrayal of the character Gomer Pyle in the Andy Griffith Show. After a few years of long-distance dating, with Jimmy in the Air Force and Chris off at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, they were married on July 10th, 1953, at the Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California, just 17 days before the armistice was signed marking the end of the Korean War. 


    Chris and Jimmy returned home to Sylacauga in 1956 with their young son, James "Taylor" Pursell II, just in time for the birth of their daughter, "Chris" (now Fleming). Jimmy joined Chris' father at Parker Fertilizer Company to sell their newest lawn and garden product, Sta-Green. Their youngest son, David Howard, was born in 1959.


    "Behind every great man is a great woman" is truly the statement to be said for Chris, as all of her husband Jimmy's successes are one and the same with hers. Together, they pioneered Christian leadership in business through being charter members of the Fellowship of Companies for Christ International, serving alongside the former Truett Cathy of Chick-Fil-A. Together they also helped form the Auburn University Center for Ethical Organizational Cultures. Chris and Jimmy's legacy is marked ultimately by generous stewardship, giving out of the abundance of their resources to people and organizations in need, both locally and abroad. In 2012, Auburn University's College of Human Sciences presented Chris and her husband with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Auburn acknowledged them by saying, "Success is measured by embodying the values of hard work, education, love of country, obedience to law, and soundness of mind, body, and spirit...Jimmy and Chris Pursell, as individuals and as a couple, are the gold standard for what it means to live the exemplary life." 


    Chris's memory is joyfully survived by the following: Her husband of 62 years, Jimmy; her son, Taylor and his wife, Lydia; her daughter, Chris, and her husband, Aaron Fleming; her son, David, and his wife, Ellen. Her grandchildren: Taylor's children: Jamie and his wife, Haley; Sarah; Donna Jeanne; and Saylors. David and Ellen's children: Peggy and her husband, Garry; Vaughan and her husband, Tim; Chrissy and her husband, Alex; Ramsey and her husband, Andrew; Martin; Parker and his wife, Lauren. And finally, her great-grandchildren: Adison and Charlotte (Sarah), Margo, Gabe, and Camille (Vaughan and Tim), Evie (Jamie and Haley), and Landon and William (Donna Jeanne) (plus all friends and extended family which are too many to list). She had requested a family-only burial service, with no formal visitation beforehand. The family will honor this request on Friday morning, having a grave-side service and celebration at the family cemetery in Fayetteville. In lieu of flowers, before she passed, Chris requested that donations be made to Coosa Valley Resources for Women, the Fayetteville School Foundation, Knollwood Christian School, and Vapor International. Psalm 27:4 "One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneysmith.com. Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL will direct the services.


    To view the Pursell Farms Facebook post go to:

    https://www.facebook.com/pursellfarms/posts/990225324377552:0


    For more information or to sign the Legacy Guestbook go to: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?n=christine-parker-pursell&pid=177929372&fhid=4239

  • 08 Jan 2016 9:34 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Mr. Edward “Ed” Samuel Porter age 80 of McMinnville, TN, died Thursday, January 07, 2016. He was born July 11, 1935 in Old Hickory, TN, graduated with the class of 1958 from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Horticulture, was owner of Triangle Nursery, Inc., Tennessee State Commissioner of Agriculture under Governor Ray Blanton, a member of Warren Masonic Lodge #125, a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, Rotary Club Member and a Paul Harris Fellow and a member and deacon of First Baptist Church. Mr. Porter was preceded in death by parents Calvert Lake and Alice F. Russell Porter and sisters Helen (Ray) Menees, Lucy (Carl) Bryan, Jean Porter, and brother-in-law Barry Boster.


    Mr. Porter served more than 50 years in the nursery industry, championing the causes and issues that kept the nursery industry strong and growing. He was past president, board member, Tennessee governor and lieutenant governor of ANLA. He also served as the chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Southern Nursery Association, member and president of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. An accomplishment of his dedication to the industry is the establishment of the Tennessee State University Nursery Crops Research Station. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture named its diagnostics laboratory building after him, The Edward S. Porter Animal Industries Building. In July of this year, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) bestowed him with honorary membership for his years of dedication to the association and the horticulture industry.


    Survivors include his wife of 59 years Paula Porter, daughters Kim Porter (Sgt. Larry Williams), Greta Minton (Rickey), and Andrea Porter, grandchildren Julia Compton (Matt), Jacob Hicks, Zachary Minton (Kati), Wesley Minton (Victoria), Allie Burke (Boomer), Kaci Woodlee (Justin), and Will Lupo, and great grandchildren Lake Minton, Cavin Compton, Brock Compton, and Paxton Burke, and sister-in-law Judy Boster. Several nieces, nephews and their children also survive. 


    Funeral service will be 1 PM Saturday, January 09, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Mark Karki and Rev. Bo Hendrix will officiate. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. The Porter Family will receive friends Friday from 4 PM until 8 PM and again Saturday from 11 AM until 1 PM at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. 


    Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Department, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or to the Alzheimer’s Association. 


    Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com. A 24-Hour Obituary information Line is available (931-473-5700). McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (931-473-6606).

  • 01 Sep 2015 10:43 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    A Celebration of Life for Gladys Lucile Hinaman Powell, 97, who died August 29, 2015 will be held Saturday, September 5 at Hope Lutheran Church, 594 N Williamson Blvd. Daytona Beach, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dennis Schmidt officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 5 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church. Gladys was born in Marion, Ohio on June 23, 1918 to Charles and Alice Hinaman. 


    Gladys moved with her husband, John Harold Powell, who passed in 2007, and daughters to Daytona Beach in 1952. Gladys and her husband John founded, in 1954, Economy Label Sales Company, the manufacturer of the 1st weatherproof vinyl "Slip-On" label for the horticulture industry. Gladys and John endowed the John & Gladys Research Grant in order to show their commitment and support to the horticultural research institute. 


    In addition to the 50 plus years of working with John in their business, Gladys was an avid golfer who loved to needle point, play cards, fish/boat, and travel around the world with her husband and family. Gladys was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and the Palmetto Club, both of Daytona Beach. 


    She is survived by daughters, Sharon and her husband, Larry Cooper, Ocala, and Barbara and her husband, Joe Cameron, Daytona Beach; grandchildren Rob (Denise) Grooms, Daytona Beach; Khristy (Mike) Dean, Westminster, Colorado; and Cathi (Mike) Rodrigo, New Smyrna Beach; and five great-grandchildren, Robby and Tommy Grooms, Ally Kay Dean, Madison and Mackenzie Carlin, and nieces Marlene (Don) Crall; and Mary Kay Kottyan, both of Bucyrus, Ohio. Gladys was also loved and admired by her five step-grand-children and their eleven children. 


    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 594 N Williamson Blvd. Daytona Beach, Fl 32114. Condolences may be sent to 213 Pleasant Valley Dr. Daytona Beach, Fl 32114 or 8798 SW 83rd Circle, Ocala, Fl 34481.


    See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-journalonline/obituary.aspx?n=gladys-lucile-hinaman-powell&pid=175705182#sthash.bTKsBxnp.dpuf

  • 31 Jul 2015 1:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)



    Richard May (left) turns over the gavel to newly elected president Michael Hobbs (right) 

    during the 117th SNA Annual Business Meeting held during SNA 2015.


    Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 2015 – Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN, was elected president of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) during the 117th annual business meeting held in August at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga. The SNA is a regional trade association serving the horticulture industry in Southeastern U.S.


    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:  Brandie, Ashley and Emily; five grandchildren:  Carter (13), Lauren (9), Ian (7), Elliot (5), and Behr (2 mos.). Michael and Margaret are members of the Hebron Church of Christ in McMinnville.


    Other officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2014 - 2015 term were elected during the annual meeting. 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


    The complete slate of 2015-2016 officers is as follows:


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

    Dusty Knight, VP/Treasurer/Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    Norman Cole, III, 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

    Richard May, Immediate Past President, May Nursery, Havana, FL


    “The SNA membership recently voted in a strong group of industry leaders to guide the association through this time of resurgence, said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “This 2015-2016 board represents a group of individuals with a broad variety of perspectives and experience that can be leveraged to our advantage as we work to rebuild our membership base and the SNA Regional Marketplace. With the guidance of these knowledgeable leaders I am very confident we will emerge stronger and better. As a regional association we are very fortunate to be able look around the region for strong leadership that has served their state associations well and put those talents to work for association and the 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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  • 31 Jul 2015 1:52 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)



    2015-2016 SNA Board of Directors pictured left to right. Front Row:  Michael Hobbs, Dusty Knight. 

    Back row:  Rickey Minton, Richard May, Norman Cole, Joseph Napoli and Karen Summers


    Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 2015 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2015 - 2016 term were elected during the 117th annual meeting held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., during SNA 2015. 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


    Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, Tn., was elected president succeeding Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL.


    The complete slate of 2014-2015 officers is as follows:


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

    Dusty Knight, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    Norman Cole, III, 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

    Richard May, Immediate Past President, May Nursery, Havana, FL


    Newly elected SNA President 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 (1980) and served as McMinnville Jaycees President (1982).


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


    The new industry leader joining the SNA Board this year is Rickey D. Minton, Owner of Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN. His other business interests include Principal Partner in Litewire Data, LLC, and Owner of Red Road Business Park.


    Rickey received his BS in Agriculture at Tennessee Tech University and MA in Divinity from Liberty University. He served as president of the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association (1988) and president of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (1991).  He received the Tennessee Young Farmer Award in 1992 and in that same year he received SNA’s David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award.  Minton has also served as the AAN Governor for Tennessee (1994) and the SNA Trade Show Chairman (1994). He is a Founding Member of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (1989).


    On the local level, is served as McMinnville City Councilman (1998-2002), was named Tennessee Jaycee Man of Year (2000), and is a McMinnville Rotary Club International Service Director. Rickey is a minister and missionary to Haiti and Africa, a prison ministry leader, and director of Lighthouse Men’s Shelter.


    Rickey is married to Greta Porter Minton. They have two sons and daughter-in-laws, Zachary and Kati, and Wesley and Victoria, and one grandson Lake.


    “The SNA membership recently voted in a strong group of industry leaders to guide the association through this time of resurgence, said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “This 2015-2016 board represents a group of individuals with a broad variety of perspectives and experience that can be leveraged to our advantage as we work to rebuild our membership base and the SNA Regional Marketplace. With the guidance of these knowledgeable leaders I am very confident we will emerge stronger and better. As a regional association we are very fortunate to be able look around the region for strong leadership that has served their state associations well and put those talents to work for association and the 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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