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  • 12 Aug 2014 4:45 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Carrying on the tradition of an annual meeting, a group of twenty gathered for the SNA Past Presidents' Club Dinner on Wednesday, July 23, during SNA 2014 in Atlanta, Ga.


    The evening started with a toast to the past and present leaders of SNA followed by an update and open discussion of past and future goals. The dinner was held at the Georgia International Convention Center immediately following the SNA 2014 Opening Day Reception.


    Past Presidents in attendance included Louis Hillenmeyer (1990), Fred Fisher (1992), Don Shadow (1994), Buzz Barton (1996), Bill Reese (1999), Frank Collier (2002), Dan Batson (2004), Bill Boyd (2006, 2012, 2013), Bill Turk (2008), Eelco Tinga (2009), Georgia Hackney (2010), and Randy Bracy (2011). This group represents industry members that have served on the SNA Board for six years or longer - in the case of Bill Boyd who served ten years and Eelco Tinga who served for 11 years.


    Members of the Board of Directors are elected by the membership for one-year terms and rotate to Vice President/Treasurer their fourth year, President their fifth year, and Immediate Past President their six year.


    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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  • 12 Aug 2014 2:14 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Two exhibitors, Bracy’s Nursery, Amite, LA, and Super Lawn Trucks, Fort Valley, GA, were recognized for their outstanding products and displays at SNA 2014 and presented Best in Show Awards. Bracy's Nursery received the Best in Show/Green Goods and Super Lawn Trucks received the Best in Show/Allied Products.


    Bracy's Nursery is a full-line 150-acre container nursery specializes in trees and shrubs for the South for both the landscape contractor and retailer. Their "Sell the Benefits" package for retailers features in-store displays that help make customers recognize the real-life tangible benefits of plants that go beyond esthetics. Bracy's SNA 2014 booth was filled with retail-quality plant material creating a magnificent rainbow of color worthy of such an award.


    The Super Lawn Truck (SLT) is a highly specialized landscaping truck system for storage and transport of all the tools needed to operate a super efficient and profitable company. SLT specializes in producing unique trucks that mold to the needs and wants of their clients. With an SLT truck, crews become more organized, more effective and more professional than you have ever imagined. The SLT booth was selected for the product's innovation and easy to use features unique to the company that cannot be found elsewhere. Unique features include tool boxes, shelving, inventory system, tool storage system, hydra-ramp and security system, side dumper and maximizer door.


    SNA 2015 is scheduled for July 21 - 23 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. The Southern Plant Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The SNA Research Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The SNA Marketplace will be held on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23. More details of SNA 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.


    The SNA Regional Marketplace is the ultimate platform for networking, learning, launching new products, and cultivating new business relationships. The event is produced by the Southern Nursery Association, a non-profit trade association, and proceeds are invested in the horticulture industry. 


    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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  • 12 Aug 2014 1:56 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Nine students from four universities were presented cash awards totaling $3,000 for their presentations during the Bryson L. James Student Competition held during the 59th SNA Research Conference at SNA 2014. The awards were presented on Wednesday, July 23 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, Ga, during the SNA Research Conference Luncheon, sponsored by GreenForest Nursery.


    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 Elizabeth Riley, North Carolina State University (Ph.D.), Carl Clem, Auburn University (M.S.), and Conner Ryan, Auburn University, (B.S.). Second place winners of $300 each included Emily Rotich, Tennessee State University (Ph.D.), Ted Yap, North Carolina State University (M.S.), and Laura Kaderabek, North Carolina State University (B.S.), Third place winners of $200 each included Lesley Judd, North Carolina State University (Ph.D.), Paul Bartley, Auburn University (M.S.), and Runshi Xie, Texas A & M University (B.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 - 2013 are available with 2,933 titles comprised of 11,589 pages. The 2014 SNA Research Conference Proceedings will be available later this fall.


    The 60th Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21 – 22, 2015, in conjunction with SNA 2015 in Atlanta, 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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  • 03 Aug 2014 10:43 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., July 31, 2014 – On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a panel of independent retailers, lead by Sid Raisch of The Garden Center Group, scoured the SNA 2014 show floor in search of the most unique and innovative products that have the most potential to be best sellers in the garden center. The 11 winners were recognized on the SNA Stage at the end of the first day of the show.


    Congratulations to these companies for their winning products:


    A.M. Leonard, Piqua, OH – Stainless Steel Soil Knife

    Avant (Metroquip), Marietta, GA – Avant Articulated Telescoping Multi-Function Loader

    First Editions (Bailey Nurseries), St. Paul, MN – Crimson Fire Fringe Flower

    Sunrise Marketing, Hartford, CT – ePunch Mobile App with iBeacon

    Liquid Fence (United Industries), Blakslee, PA – EcoLogic Weed & Grass Killer

    Good Ideas, Lake City, PA – Impressions Rain Barrel Planter

    Marlboro Bulb Company, Greenwood, SC – Jack’s Giant Elephant Ear

    Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), Loxley, AL – Lemon Lime Nandina

    Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN – Garden Debut Magic Fountain Weeping Persimmon

    Star Roses (Hackney Nursery) Greensboro, FL  – Sapphire Indigo Groundcover Clematis

    Zanfel, Clive, IA – Zanfel Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Wash


    In addition to the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ Bracy’s Nursery, Amite, LA, received Best in Show/Green Goods Award and Super Lawn Trucks, Fort Valley, GA, received Best in Show/Allied Products Award.


    “Retailers are always looking for new and innovative products with great sales potential. The Garden Center Group’s SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards, selected by a panel of independent retailers, recognizes the hottest new products that are not only unique, but holds great promise of sales in their stores,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “This treasure hunt yielded big dividends and I would like to personally congratulate these companies for their products being selected,” she added.


    The Garden Center Group is an alliance of more than 125 independent garden centers, and consultants, service providers and preferred vendors who work together creating a community of professionals with one goal in mind... helping each other build successful companies. For more information on The Garden Center Group visit www.thegardencentergroup.com.


    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 and details on winning products and photos can be found 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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  • 30 Jul 2014 6:58 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., July 24, 2014 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2014 SNA Awards.  The awards were presented at the 116th Annual SNA Business Meeting on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Georgia International Convention Center during SNA 2014.

     

    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 of recipients is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    This year’s recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Dr. Tom Yeager, Professor, Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville, Fla. 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 (1999), 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).

     

    This year’s recipient of the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is Ty Strode, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Agri-Starts, Apopka, Florida. The nursery industry runs in Ty Strode’s veins. Randy Strode, Ty’s father, started Agri-Starts, a successful tissue culture laboratory, when Ty was a small child. It was not Ty’s intention to go into the family business. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Central Florida with a degree in marketing and business and shortly thereafter decided to use his expertise to build a new website for the business. To develop the site, Ty spent three month visiting nurseries, photographing hundreds of plants, taking endless notes for descriptions and culture information and organized the details. In the process, Ty developed a deeper appreciation for plants and looked at the family business in a new light. By December of 2002, Ty had committed to full-time employment at Agri-Starts and was fully immersed in the business. He took on larger roles with marketing, sales, new business development, and managed to keep plants shipping out the door on schedule. Ty admits he is now officially a plant geek, constantly researching and collecting plants in his spare time.


    Ty is very active in the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA) and regularly attends Action chapter meetings. He has served on the FNGLA marketing committee and budget committee. In 2012 and 2013, he served as chairperson of The Landscape Show planning committee and was a helpful advisor in the development of the show’s mobile website and the driving force behind Tapped In, a networking event at The Landscape Show for professionals under the age of forty. He currently serves on The Landscape Show committee. Recognized in 2013 by GPN Magazine as one of the top 40 industry professionals under 40, Ty is known nationally as an industry leader in edibles. He developed an industry cross-over mix of edibles that work well for wholesale growers and the farming community. Ty is also FNGLA’s 2014 Young Nursery Professional of the Year.

     

    While Ty has a self-proclaimed passion for plants, he has an even stronger passion for his family; wife, Liana and their two children, Maya and Miller.  He proudly boasts five-year-old Maya already loves plants and flowers. Ty is an avid paddle boarder and a long-suffering Orlando Magic fan.

     

    Ty was nominated by FNGLA for this prestigious award. He is a strong asset to FNGLA and our industry and has accomplished much at his young age making him very worthy of this recognition.

     

    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 Warren Lockeby, Regional Sales Manager, Nursery Supplies, Orlando, Florida. Warren was born in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Apopka Memorial High School in 1971 and Georgia State University in 1975 with a BBA, Business Administration. He was employed at E.I. DuPoint from 1976 through 1980. Warren’s green industry days began with The Lerio Corporation in 1981 until it merged with Nursery Supplies in 2000. He has been with Nursery Supplies for a total of 33 years. Warren has been active in the green industry by serving on the Board of Directors of the Florida Foliage Assocation through the merger with FNGLA, the Board of Directors of FNGLA as Chairman of the Allied Division, the Florida Nursery & Allied Trade Show (FNATS) Tradeshow committee, the SNA/HRI Golf Classic committee (1996 – 2006; and served as chairman 2004-2006). He has also served on the SNA Disaster Program Committee (2005-2006 co-chair) and was awarded the FNGLA Allied Person of the Year (1996). Warren lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Paige and his niece Jensen. After 33 years of involvement in this industry, making great contributions through his volunteer work and leadership, and being a great salesman and serving customers throughout the Southeast, it is time Warren Lockeby is recognized for these contributions.

     

    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 2014 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is Dr. Sandra Reed, Research Geneticist with the US National Arboretum in McMinnville, Tennessee. Recently retired, Dr. Reed has a long history in the green industry and is widely recognized throughout the industry for her research, development and introduction of improved cultivars through the U.S. National Arboretum’s breeding program. Her breeding work has resulted in many plant releases that are widely used in the industry but perhaps one of her biggest impacts on the industry is the introduction of three oakleaf hydrangeas – ‘Munchkin’, ‘Ruby Slippers’, and ‘Queen of Hearts’ that are taking the industry by storm.

     

    Dr. Reed was involved in the SNA Research Conference for many years with numerous presentations and acting as section chair and editor for eight years assisting with the coordination of the conference.


    Dr. Reed holds a B.S. in Agronomy, University of Kentucky (1974) and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Kentucky (1979). Her career began with the Campbell Soup Company as a research associate (1980-1982) and she later joined North Carolina State University, Department of Crop Science as an assistant professor (1982-1989). Her work with the USDA-ARS as a research geneticist began in 1989 and continued for more than twenty years, throughout which time she made great contributions to the industry through her research, development and participation.

     

    She has held memberships in the American Society for Horticultural Science, American Hydrangea Society, International Society for Horticultural Science, and the International Plant Propagators’ Society, Eastern Region. She has served the industry through numerous committee, panel, boards and professorships. She is a noted speaker on the subject of hydrangeas and her published white papers are too numerous to mention.

     

    Sandra has recently retired and now lives here in Atlanta and enjoys spending a lot of time with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

     

    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. This award 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. Awardees must also demonstrate a strong volunteer and/or service commitment to bringing better plants to 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 2014 recipient of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence is Margie Y. Jenkins, Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, Lousiana. Born September 5, 1921, Margie was the eldest of six children and grew up on a farm. Margie is certain that the family farm and her mothers’ large flower garden filled with a wide variety of plants, and her sense of esthetics and love of beauty left a lasting impression on her as a child. A child of the depression, she never felt poor and has been quoted as saying, “When your childhood is surrounded by beauty, your yearning for this continues into adulthood.”

     

    After graduating from high school in 1938 Margie began working for the Farm Security Administration (later called the Farmers Home Administration). In 1946 she married Bryant Jenkins and three years later they bought a 90-acre farm where she still lives today. Watermelons were their first cash crop that funded the start of a dairy operation. Their family grew to include five children, Frederick, Margie Ann, Timothy, Jeffrey and Mark, who are active in the nursery today. In 1960, Margie and Bryant started a 50-acre nursery specializing in Ligustrum and later purchased an additional 128 acres across the street and expanded their stock to include azaleas. In 1974 they installed a small container operation as an addition to their field-grown stock.

     

    In 1976, Margie began commuting to Louisiana State University to take a course from Dr. Neil Odenwald, inspiring her to find her life’s work and passion – the cultivation of rare and native plants. While most growers in the 1970s were content with growing just a few “tried and true” cultivars of azaleas, it was Margie that was determined to grow things that were now, unusual, old-fashioned, and native – against the advise of her husband Bryant who believed they should stick to the plants they were familiar with. But Margie successfully maneuvered her way to realize her personal dream and today her nursery is the realization of her grit, hard work, and vision. When professionals and amateurs look for remarkable plants, Jenkins' name always comes to mind. Margie Jenkins changed the plant palette of Louisiana in the choices of azaleas, native and old-fashioned plants.

     

    Although she loves azaleas, Margie collects and grows a broad spectrum of plant species.  She has never been formally taught any of the steps of propagation. All of her knowledge comes from experience and a natural talent for propagation. She is nationally recognized as a long-time authority and breeder of azaleas and other native plants and is a very interesting and much sought-after speaker.

     

    Margie is very active in numerous native plant societies as well as horticultural organizations and has  received many awards for her achievements from numerous organizations. She and her late husband Bryant were named Outstanding Nursery Persons of the Year (1993) by the Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association (LNLA) for their outstanding service to the nursery industry. Margie was recipient of the Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association’s (LNLA) James A. Foret Award (2000), the recipient of the Louisiana Native Plant Society ‘s Karlene DeFatta Award (2002), and the recipient of the SNA’s Slater Wight Memorial Award (2005). She was the 50th recipient of this award, and the first woman to hold this distinguished honor. She was also named Fellow Awardee of the International Plant Propagators’ Society in 2005 for the Southern Region of North America.

     

    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, two deserving industry members 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. The SNA Board of Directors recognized Dr. Allan Armitage, Retired Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA and Margie Jenkins, Jenkins Farm and Nursery, Amite, LA, for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture.

     

    Dr. Allan Armitage, Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia (retired Jan, 2014) where he developed and maintained The Trial Gardens at UGA. Dr. Armitage is well known as a writer, speaker and researcher throughout the world. Born and raised in Canada, he lived in Quebec and Ontario, then in East Lansing, Michigan and finally Athens, Georgia. He has worked with landscape plants and greenhouse crops in the North and South, and travels from coast to coast and all parts in between sharing his passion for plants. He holds a B.Sc from McGill University in Montreal, otherwise known as The Harvard of the North, a M.Sc. from University of Guelph and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His career has taken him all over the world, lecturing throughout United States and Canada, as well as many countries in Europe, South America, New Zealand and Australia. His knowledge has allowed him to write 13 books, countless academic papers and hundreds of articles for professionals and lay people alike. He has written a monthly column for the national greenhouse publication, “Greenhouse Grower”, for over 30 years and has not repeated one yet. And, he has recently developed a mobile app for gardeners, retailers, landscapers and designers about useful perennials, annuals and veggies for the garden. He has been recognized as one of the best teachers in the nation and honored for his achievements throughout he country - the respect from his colleagues is most impressive and his list of awards are simply numerous to mention.

     

    The second honorary membership was awarded to Margie Jenkins, Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, Louisiana. Margie was also presented the Don Shadow Award of Excellence during The Southern Plant Conference on Tuesday, July 22. In presenting the honorary membership SNA Executive Vice President Karen Summers said, “There is a lot I could say about our next honorary member but time will not permit. She has been described as intuitive, creative, fascinating, youthful, energetic, tireless, tenacious, passionate, dedicated, a natural, full of grit and determination, a visionary, an evangelist and a superb grower and as one of the most generous people on the planet. When writing this presentation I found it very challenging to condense her life story, her accomplishments and the accolades written about this botanist. I did find two quotes that I feel epitomize her spirit of giving.”

     

    "I think that the one adjective that describes Margie is generosity because she gives of herself, she gives plants, she gives information, and she gives help to people." (Marion Drummond 2004)

     

    "Margie's accomplishments stem from her attitude that is like a child's wonder, every day is like Christmas, and every day she loves life and the beauty and all the things on this earth." (Ed Blake 2004)

     

    “Margie Yates Jenkins is self-taught horticulturist who through her decades of work has changed the palette of landscape today with her natural talent. We are very honored to bestow this Honorary Membership to such a highly esteemed individual,” Summers concluded.

      

    Margie Jenkins was also the 50th person (and the first woman) to receive the SNA Slater Wight Memorial Award in 2005. Today, in her nineties, she actively attends meetings, workshops, and conferences throughout the country where she still seeks and shares her knowledge. Her focus remains the cultivation of rare, unusual and native plants for the landscape, with a special interest in native azaleas. Decades of work have generated a wealth of respect for Margie and her late husband, Bryant.

     

    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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  • 30 Jul 2014 5:48 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 2014 –SNA 2014, held July 22 - 24 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., saw positive energy and encouraging signs of growth further demonstrating the resilience of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), a 115 yr. old professional trade organization representing the horticulture industry in the Southeastern U.S, and the industry in general. For the second year, this regional event proved to be another success based on comments echoed by both exhibitors and attendees. The mood was remarkably upbeat as industry professionals from all sectors of the industry, including breeders, growers, manufacturers, landscapers, retailers, service providers, research and education, gathered for the three-day event.


    The event kicked off on Tuesday, July 22 with The 13th Southern Plant Conference that drew a crowd of nearly 200 passionate plant enthusiasts very excited to see and hear the 15 plant experts that featured an impressive list of authors, botanical garden directors, professors, researchers, and world travelers – all with the goal of expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape. Michael Steinhardt, coined Wall Street’s Greatest Trader whose country estate houses one of the world’s largest private zoos and gardens was the special guest speaker. The conference, sponsored by HIP Labels, Inc., and Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse at exciting new plants coming to market.


    The 59th Annual SNA Research Conference, sponsored by GreenForest Nursery, was held on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, and saw strong participation from horticultural researchers presenting the latest in research. The conference 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. A total of 140 top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country participated in this year’s conference. Sixty titles were submitted for inclusion in the research proceedings publication that will be available later this fall. Dr. Sandra Reed, Atlanta, GA, was recognized by her research colleagues for her outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and the SNA and presented the Porter Henegar Memorial Award during the SNA Research Conference Luncheon on Wednesday, July 23, during which time nine students received cash awards for their presentations in the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition, and the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund awarded a total $18,000 in scholarships to twelve students from across the Southeast.


    More than 100 retailers participated in SNA Day @ AmericasMart Atlanta on Tuesday, July 22. This unique relationship between AmericasMart Atlanta and SNA provides an opportunity for retailers to access over 500 Open Daily Showrooms and The Gardens with an SNA Trade Show Badge to enhance their current product lines and locate new sources. AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise.


    The SNA Regional Marketplace opened on Wednesday, July 23 with a General Session featuring Steinhardt on the Economy. While Steinhardt was talking plants at The Southern Plant Conference it was the perfect opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how businesses should position themselves moving forward. The casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Group Editor, Meister Media Worldwide and Today’s Garden Center, gave the audience a chance to talk with Mr. Steinhardt up close and personal while he revealed how much he values our industry’s undervalued products. Audience members asked about his view on a wide variety of economic topics, from the stability of the stock market to political gridlock in Washington. He surprised many when he stated his strong viewpoint that the economy is not only healthier than it’s popularly perceived to be, but it will continue to be so in the future.


    SNA 2014 attracted an impressive list of exhibitors and key decision-making buyers, and serious business was conducted during the two-day marketplace. Many exhibitors reported strong interest in their products and writing large orders before noon on the first day of the show. There were numerous new products to see and get excited about. One such product that created a lot of buzz and had people talking was the new SNA Mobile App, developed by Sunrise Marketing using their epunched mobile app coupled with Apple’s new iBeacon™. This cutting-edge technology allowed the SNA Mobile App to interact with beacons to deliver contextual marketing messages, videos, instant coupons and more. For downloading the new SNA Mobile App attendees were rewarded with a free beverage, for checking in at five sponsor booths they could claim a voucher toward lunch and for checking in at all 10 sponsor booths their name was placed in a drawing to win an iPad. SNA 2014 sponsors participating in the program benefited from enhanced visibility on the show floor as well as the opportunity to get a first-hand look at how the epunched system and iBeacon™ technology can work to engage and reward their customers.


    The SNA Stage, located on the show floor, featured action-packed sessions presented by leading industry experts providing attendees a chance to see the most innovative new products, get a better perspective on the state of the economy, and gain new insight on factors impacting their business. Kurt Fromherz, Sunrise Marketing, Hartford, CT, presented his epunched system and Apple’s new iBeacon™ technology. Although designed with retail garden centers in mind, the technology has found diverse applications within the region. Brad Kaiser, Harvest Automation, Billerica, MA, rolled out their first practical, scalable robots for a range of agricultural applications. These robots will enable growers to create a sustainable workforce of robots working safely alongside people to increase efficiency, reliability and plant quality. Other topics on the SNA Stage featured David Ellis, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Projected Housing Growth, and Michael Geary, AmericanHort, on the latest from Capitol Hill.

    Sid Raisch, The Garden Center Group, who lead the search for the most unique and innovative products displayed at the show with potential to be best sellers in the garden center, presented eleven Retailers’ Choice Awards™ on the SNA Stage as follows:


    A.M. Leonard, Piqua, OH – Stainless Steel Soil Knife

    Avant, Elk Grove Village, IL – Avant Articulated Telescoping Multi-Function Loader

    First Editions (Bailey Nurseries), St. Paul, MN – Crimson Fire Fringe Flower

    Sunrise Marketing, Hartford, CT – ePunch Mobile App with iBeacon

    Liquid Fence (United Industries), Blakslee, PA – EcoLogic Weed & Grass Killer

    Good Ideas, Lake City, PA – Impressions Rain Barrel Planter

    Marlboro Bulb Company, Greenwood, SC – Jack’s Giant Elephant Ear

    Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), Loxley, AL – Lemon Lime Nandina
    Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN – Garden Debut Magic Fountain Weeping Persimmon

    Star Roses (Hackney Nursery Company) Greensboro, FL  Sapphire Indigo Groundcover Clematis

    Zanfel, Clive, IA – Zanfel Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Wash


    In addition to the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ Bracy’s Nursery, Amite, LA, received Best in Show/Green Goods Award and Super Lawn Trucks, Fort Valley, GA, received Best in Show/Allied Products Award.


    The SNA 2014 Educational Sessions, presented by Today’s Garden Center (TGC) and the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) were stocked full of takeaways and proven strategies to benefit growers, landscapers and retailers. Retails sessions included Carol Miller, Editor, Today’s Garden Center, in a 2-Part session, What Consumers Think About Gardening and Your Store [The 10% Project] and 4 Marketing Campaigns You Can Use to Recruit New Customers [The 10% Project], and Kathryn Dager, Profitivity, Inc., Turn Your Team Into a Selling Machine. Landscape sessions featured Dr. Helen Kraus, Rain Gardens to the Rescue!, and Tony Bass, Super Lawn Technologies, Growing from $100,000 to $1,000,000.


    Officers of the Southern Nursery Association who will serve for the 2014 – 2015 year were elected during the 115th SNA Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 24. The complete slate of officers is as follows:


    Richard May, President, May Nursery, Havana, FL

    Michael Hobbs, Vice Pres./Treas./Director Chapter 3, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Dusty Knight, Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

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

    Norman Cole, III, Director Chapter 1, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV

    Jeff Howell, Immediate Past President, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS


    Sponsors of SNA 2014 included Today’s Garden Center, Georgia Green Industry Association, Empire Turf, Classic Groundcovers, Hackney Nursery Company, Haviland Plastic Products, Martin’s Nursery, Nursery Supplies, R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Plant Development Services, HIP Labels, GreenForest Nursery, Bennett’s Creek Nursery, and Lancaster Farms.


    “The importance of this event to the horticulture industry in the Southeast cannot be overestimated,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “The SNA Regional Marketplace is not just a trade show but a regional ‘event’ that provides the perfect platform to connect the industry across the Southeast. The fusion of The Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, and the regional marketplace is a very positive mix that draws the brightest minds in horticulture together creating a dynamic synergy resulting in a unique hybrid event. Everything is new at SNA… new plants, new products, new techniques, new technology, new trends – the potential is quite enormous,” she added.


    SNA 2015 is scheduled for July 21 - 23 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. The Southern Plant Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The SNA Research Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The SNA Marketplace will be held on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23. More details of SNA 2015 will be released in the coming weeks.


    The SNA Regional Marketplace is the ultimate platform for networking, learning, launching new products, and cultivating new business relationships. The event is produced by the Southern Nursery Association, a non-profit trade association, and proceeds are invested in the horticulture industry.


    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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  • 08 Jul 2014 6:44 PM | Danny Summers (Administrator)

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, July 23, during SNA 2014 in Atlanta. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, will be presented to:


    • Paul C. Bartley, III, Auburn University
    • Jeb S. Fields, Virginia Tech
    • Russell Galanti, Temple University
    • Lauren Marie Garcia, Texas A&M University
    • Lauren Alexandra Gragg, North Carolina State University
    • Judson Stuart LeCompte, Mississippi State University, Awarded the Lee C. Howell Scholarship
    • Robert Michael Nance Virginia Tech, Awarded the Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship
    • Anna Eleen Ribbeck, Louisiana State University, Awarded the Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
    • David Roberts, North Carolina State University
    • James Franklin Rockwell II, Virginia Tech
    • Kevin Trostel, Middle Tennessee State University      
    • Dillon William Turk, Auburn University, Awarded the Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship


    Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. This year’s recipients were chosen from a pool of dozens of well-qualified applicants.


    “Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, Executive Vice President of the fund.


    “These scholarship awards will help lighten their financial load as they pursue their careers and I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he added.


    To date, a total of $455,000 has been awarded since the fund was established. The fund’s current assets are now more than $850,000. Seven named funds have been pledged: the Carolina Weed Science Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell Fund, the Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Fund, the Art & Millie Lancaster Fund, and the Robert L. VanLandingham Fund. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to begin or continue to work toward their educational goals.


    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 corporation providing scholarships to students who are residents of the sixteen southeastern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – pursuing a career in horticulture. The scholarship is dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders, the late Sidney B. Meadows, who was an avid supporter of student scholarships and believed that providing aid for students was an important way to ensure the growth and development of all facets of the industry. The fund derives its income from individual and corporate contributions and is governed by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund board of directors.


    Applications for 2015 scholarships will be available in early January. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.


    More information on the 2014 scholarship recipients can be found at www.sbmsef.org. For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund forward your inquiry to PO Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.813.1880, info@sbmsef.org or visit www.sbmsef.org.

  • 20 May 2014 12:28 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    While Michael Steinhardt, coined Wall Street’s greatest trader, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, is talking plants at The Southern Plant Conference we couldn’t miss the opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how to position our businesses moving forward. All SNA 2014 attendees are invited to attend this casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Today’s Garden Center, on Wednesday, July 23, 8am – 9am, the opening day of the SNA 2014 Regional Marketplace. 

    The SNA 2014 General Session, sponsored by Today’s Garden Center, is included with an SNA 2014 Name Badge registration. 

    Watch for more details in the coming weeks.
  • 20 May 2014 11:10 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Ellicott City, MD, May 19, 2014 – The Garden Center Group has announced it will host its Retailers’ Choice Awards™ at three leading trade shows this summer: Cultivate’14 in Columbus, OH, SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA, and 2014 Farwest Trade Show in Portland, OR.


    All retailers are invited to participate with The Garden Center Group’s Sid Raisch and Danny Summers to help discover the best new products for retail at each event. Danny Summers, Managing Director of The Garden Center Group said, “It is an exciting experience to join other retailers in this challenge to find the hottest new products. Participants gather together at the opening of each show for instructions before they peruse the show floor individually at their own pace to find and evaluate new products. Later in the afternoon the evaluation group meets to compare and combine notes for award nominations. Participants have the benefit of many perspectives, much more than they could do on their own. Plus, the added bonus of networking with other retailers in the process.”


    Dates for the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ are: Cultivate‘14 – July 13, SNA 2014 – July 23, and Farwest – August 21. For more details on participating in the Retailers’ Choice Awards™ visit each event’s website or email Danny Summers at danny@thegardencentergroup.com.


    The Garden Center Group focuses on business solutions designed to help garden centers increase sales, improve operations and retain more profit. With a support team of leading industry professionals offering business management, financial, marketing, HR services and more. The Group offers retailers innovative resources to maximize their potential to succeed.


    For information about The Garden Center Group and the services it provides visit www.thegardencentergroup.com or call Danny Summers at 404.996.0041.


    For more information on the subject trade shows, see their websites at:


    Cultivate’14       www.americanhort.org/Cultivate

    SNA 2014          www.sna.org

    2014 Farwest    www.farwestshow.com

  • 01 May 2014 2:58 PM | Danny Summers (Administrator)

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is reminding all horticulture students who are residents of the 16 southeastern states, application deadline for 2014 awards is May 30, 2014. The fund is expecting to award as much as $18,000 through $1,500 scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded July 23 during Southern Nursery Association’s SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Complete eligibility requirements and applications are available through the fund’s website at: www.sbmsef.org or by calling the fund office.

     

    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation providing academic scholarships to students in the sixteen southeastern states. Since its inception, the fund has awarded $419,000 in scholarships and today the Fund’s balance is now over $800,000.

     

    For more information contact the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel 678-813-1880, Fax 678-813-1881, www.sbmsef.org, info@sbsmsef.org.

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