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  • 10 Sep 2014 11:12 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Jay Streck, Twin Branch Nursery, Woodstock, GA and Stanley Kirby, Bowsmith, Inc., Avon Park, FL are the lucky winners of an iPad! 


    Jay won an iPad mini in the SNA 2014 Pre-Registration Drawing for registering to attend SNA 2014 before the pre-registration deadline on July 18. His name was entered in the drawing along with nearly 1,000 others that pre-registered for the event. 


    Stanley Kirby won an iPad Air in the SNA Mobile App Drawing for downloading the new SNA Mobile App and checking in at all of the SNA 2014 sponsor booths participating in the program. 


    The new SNA Mobile App was rolled out just in time for SNA 2014. The new SNA Mobile app features a directory of exhibitors, news feeds for everything SNA, marketing messages and videos, instant coupons and as an added bonus, a plant database from MasterTag. 


    This cutting edge technology was developed by Sunrise Marketing to provide a look at the future of retailing with Apple's new iBeacon technology, epunched mobile app and more - all designed to create a more rewarding shopping experience and help you engage your customers.


    More information on the SNA Mobile App


    More information on Sunrise Marketing

  • 27 Aug 2014 2:47 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    As bee death and colony collapse remains in the mainstream media headlines with much controversy of the cause, it becomes imperative that we all support saving our bees. Whether the bee decline is due to pesticides, decline in food sources, stress, or other factors, we can all do our part to help raise awareness – and even raise bees!


    Although most of the focus has been on honey bees, we all know that other bees also play a vital role in the pollination of our food supply. A program, recently awarded The Garden Center Group's Retailers' Choice Award™ was discovered at the 2014 Farwest trade show in Portland, Oregon. 


    Dave Hunter, owner of Crown Bees sells both spring mason bees and summer leafcutters for pollination of fruits, nuts vegetables and plants. To help wholesale clients sell bees and bee products, the company developed an innovative marketing program to create awareness and drive customers to their stores. It includes a win-win for wholesalers, landscapers and their customers. 


    The Crown Bees retailer program includes:


    1. Advertorials: Crown Bees helps prepare articles for the local newspaper under the client’s name, not Crown Bees. Submit the article about the value of gentle bees for pollination, and how the nursery or landscaper is participating.


    2. In store marketing:

    Cross selling signage reminding customers to buy bees to pollinate their newly purchased fruit tree.

    Colorful end cap signage and display ideas are also available.

    A buying guide helps the customer select products for their gardens and yards.

    3. Events: Excellent opportunities exist to bring customers into the store.
    Hold seminars on the value of bee pollinators. Host one for spring mason bees and later one for summer leafcutters. These coincide with the purchase of fruits, vegetables and plants.

    Book a speaker from the company’s developing speakers bureau, or have a staff member make a presentation using a free speakers presentation.

    Conduct a bee harvesting party in the fall for customers to harvest their bees.

    4. Bee BuyBack Program: Today, there are not enough mason bees to pollinate commercial food crops. To increase the population, Crown Bees buys excess bees from gardeners who are successful raising bees for their own use. These bees will be rehomed in other gardens and on farms for commercial growers. This is one solution to protect the food supply.


    “Selling an unknown product is challenging," Hunter said. "That’s why we take a team approach to working with our wholesale clients. We want them to be successful selling gentle-natured bees and bee products. In turn, we want their garden customers to succeed in raising bees for food and plant pollination. The more successful we all are, the more we can ensure a sustainable food supply for the future,” he added.


    Hunter noted that bees pollinate 1/3 of our food. Solitary gentle bees are an efficient supplement to the troubled honey bee. In fact, one mason bee can pollinate 12 lbs. of cherries, a task that requires 60 honey bees.


    Crown Bees also offers a New2Bees Mini Course designed to get you quickly buzzing with success in raising the following amazing pollinator bees: spring mason bees, summer leafcutters and eastern states bumble bees. It includes 9 short lessons. After that, use our monthly Bee-Mail for reminders on what to do when. Crown Bees makes it easy for us all to be a part of the solution in increasing the bee population.


    Dave Hunter founded Crown Bees in 2008 to introduce gentle-natured mason bees to gardeners and nurseries. Their mission is to supplement the declining honey bee and protect the food supply. Delivering quality products and great service wasn’t enough. In order to help nurseries sell this little known, but amazing bee pollinator, Crown Bees developed an innovative nursery marketing program. As Dave says, nurseries don’t have to be experts. It’s Crown Bees job to be the experts, and to lend support to help nurseries and their customers be successful.


    For more information on Crown Bees visit crownbees.com


    To create a free account to access the wholesale area of the website go to: http://crownbees.com/customer/account/login/. Use registration code "gentle".

  • 27 Aug 2014 2:27 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., August 27, 2014 – State officers from nine of the sixteen states within the SNA region attended the 2014 SNA State Officers' Conference on Friday, July 25 following the conclusion of SNA 2014 in Atlanta, Ga. A total of 32 people gathered for this annual gathering of state execs and board members, including representation from AmericanHort and two guests speakers, Tim Whorton, ONPEAK, and Richard Maples, Shepard Exposition Services who delivered a presentation on Industry Trends.


    The SNA State Officers’ Conference provides a forum for state leaders to share their experiences and skills and learn from one another. This “think tank” also brings association management and industry challenges to the table during an open discussion forum to look at possible solutions. Each year SNA invites state association executives within the region and their board members to attend.


    The day began with an overview of state association comparisons of membership, programs, trade shows and other stats followed by an AmericanHort update from Michael Geary and an HRI update from Joe Albano. After lunch, Tim Whorton and Richard Maples provided an interesting look at trends in the housing/hotel industry and event planning. The remainder of the day was spent on an overview of new programs, success stories and challenges that we all face.

    Michael Geary shared the news that AmericanHort will engage its membership and consumers in a project to explore and then identify strategies to expand garden retail over the next 12 months. Along with the Horticultural Research Institute, the association will partner with the MindMarket program of the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), the oldest design college in the United States, with its main campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Read more. Dr. Joseph Albano provided an enlightening overview of how HRI directs industry funding throughout the U.S. and the Southern Region. In 2014, $400,000 will be invested in financial support for 16 new projects addressing production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing solutions. Read more.


    Photos of the conference can be found at http://www.sna.org/page-1862990.


    The 2015 SNA State Officers' Conference is scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2015. Conference details and agenda will be available in the spring of 2015.


    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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  • 27 Aug 2014 10:20 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., August 27, 2014 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2014 - 2015 term were elected during the 115th annual meeting held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., during SNA 2014. 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


    Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL, was elected president succeeding Jeff Howell, Rocky Creek Nurseries, Lucedale, AL.


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


    Richard May, President, May Nursery, Havana, FL 

    Michael Hobbs, VP/Treasurer/Director Chapter 3, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

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

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

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

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


    Newly-elected SNA President Richard May, Sales, Research and Development, May Nursery, Havana, FL, began working at the family nursery in 1990 at age 13 as a summer job spacing plants. He has done virtually every job at the nursery working summers from Middle school up through College until he began full-time employment in 2002. Since working at May Nursery in a permanent capacity he has managed Weed control, Pruning, Sales, and Research and Development.  Richard now splits his time between Sales, Production scheduling, Purchasing, Quality Control and Pruning for the entire nursery.


    Richard holds two B.S. degrees from Auburn University:  B.S. Agriculture Economics and B.S. Horticulture – Ornamental Production. He is a graduate of the Wedgeworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Class VII (2007-2009). He is an active member of the International Plant Propagators Society (2003 – present), chairman for the Gadsden County, FL Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the board of trustees for Robert F. Munroe School, and a youth leader and elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, FL. 


    Richard’s grandfather Fount May, Sr. was an SNA board member and President of SNA in 1987. Richard was raised attending every SNA show as a child from the early 1980’s to the present. He Richard is an avid plant collector and has extensive collections of hydrangeas, azaleas, daylilies, rhododendrons, perennials, and native plants.


    Richard and his wife Melissa have three children (Lawre Bradley (8), Lucy (6), and Fountain (4).


    Two new industry leaders joining the SNA Board this year are Joseph Napoli and Norman Cole, III. Joseph Napoli, Owner, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA, will serve as Director, Chapter 2 (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina) and Norman Cole will serve as Director, Chapter 1 (Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia).


    Joseph Napoli, founder and conductor of The Athens Master Chorale (1989 to present), holds music degrees from Florida State University and The University of South Florida. Napoli performed throughout North America with the Metropolitan Opera National Company during its inaugural 1965 season. He later taught public school for fourteen years in Tampa, Florida before moving to Athens and establishing Athens Wholesale Nursery (1984). Joe served as chairman of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) (2003) and was awarded the GGIA Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional of the Year Award (2004). He is a founding member of the Athens Georgia Nursery Growers Association and served as chairman (2004). He has served as the chairman for the Classic Center Authority (2012). Napoli has been a strong supporter of the SNA and an exhibitor since 1985. Joe says that blending gardening and music gives him balance and perspective in life.


    Norman Cole, III, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV, is recognized as an industry leader in cutting-edge plant development, including his Highlander and Little Missy boxwoods. Founded in 1937, Cole Nurseries is a 200-acre farm consisting primarily of woody ornamentals and trees that are unique to the area. Boxwoods are Cole Nurseries’ top sellers. Norman holds a B.S. Horticulture from Virginia Tech. He contributes much of his success to an internship at Shadow Nursery after he graduated from college where Don Shadow provided him with many contacts he still uses today to help bring in new products. Norman has served on the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association board and currently serves as Vice President. He as served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS (2012) and remains on the board as a director. 


    Norman and his wife Missy have two children (Norman IV and Calvin).


    “Continuing the tradition of strong industry leaders on the board of the SNA, the membership recently voted on the 2014-2015 SNA board of directors during the 115th annual business meeting, said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “This board represents a group of industry leaders with a broad variety of ideas and perspectives that will be extremely valuable in the coming year as we work to rebuild our membership and marketplace. I am very optimistic about the future of SNA and our industry, and with the guidance of these knowledgeable leaders I am even more confident we will emerge stronger and better. We are so fortunate to have board members with the depth of expertise and leadership who are committed to this 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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  • 12 Aug 2014 5:04 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Living Legacy Tree Planting Project

    Celebrated 500 Newly Dedicated Trees as Part of the

    Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s National Project

    to Honor Fallen Civil War Soldiers.


    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership could not be more grateful to the Southern Nursery Association for inviting the organization to participate in SNA 2014. The JTHG Partnership was on hand to introduce the Living Legacy Tree Planting Project, an initiative of national significance to appropriately commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, to those attending in Atlanta. The Living Legacy Tree Planting Project is a sweeping and ambitious effort to plant or dedicate a tree for each of the 750,000 soldiers who died during the America Civil War. Each tree is geotaged to share the name of the soldier, where he was born, where he died and include the story of the soldier’s life.


    Just weeks prior to traveling down to SNA 2014, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership hosted its most recent tree dedication ceremony, which took place June 29th at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg, Virginia.  These particular trees were planted adjacent to Oatlands property along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, which was designated by Congress as 99th scenic byway in the country. Oatlands is at the geographical center of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway and is as one of two National Trust for Historic Preservation sites within the corridor. The property is also widely known for its beautiful and historic trees on site. 


    The June 29th event marked the seventh planting ceremony to date. The organization was thrilled to welcome “The Commandant's Own," the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the official Color Guard of the Marine Corps, who participated in the ceremony. The ceremony was scheduled the week of Independence Day, and served as a reminder of the sacrifice made by generations before. 

     

    Each ceremony is special as it is intended as an opportunity to honor each fallen soldier for whom the trees are planted.  Previous tree plantings have taken place in Leesburg, Virginia, Williamsport, Maryland, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and have included such dignitaries as National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, National Trust for Historic Preservation President Stephanie Meeks, former Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton, Ancestry.com Senior Executive Brock Bierman, and others.


    As plantings continue, the Living Legacy Tree Project will eventually stretch along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, a 180-mile swath of land that runs from Gettysburg, PA to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. The JTHG National Scenic Byway, which crosses the Mason Dixon Line, serves as a link to each of the battlefields and connects over 30 historic communities, each of which was gravely impacted by the Civil War. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area holds the largest concentration of Civil War battlefield sites in the country, including the beginning of the War (Harpers Ferry and Manassas), the middle (Antietam and Gettysburg) and the end, (Appomattox). 


    The Living Legacy Project will create a unified color palette that reminds visitors that they are, indeed, on hallowed ground.  Upon completion, this initiative will create the first 180 mile landscaped allee in the world and the only allee dedicated to honoring the most defining moment in American history. A signature palette of seasonal trees and plantings, including redbuds, red oaks, red maple, and red cedar have been selected to represent the courage and valor of the individuals being honored with this project. A secondary palette, including canopy and understory trees, evergreens, shrubs, and ground coverings, will also feature red as a predominant color, with plantings including black gum trees, sassafras, and winterberry. The native selection is appropriate to the diverse landscapes along this historic corridor, and remains sensitive to the local ecology, scenic views, and development patterns.


    Horticulturist, Author, and Expert Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D. who was at SNA 2014 as well said: "The Living Legacy Tree Project touched me when I read about it in USA Today, such a noble tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, said Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D, a horticulturist, author, and one of the leading experts on horticulture.  “How could anyone not want to contribute to such a movement? 


    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is actively engaged in raising the necessary funds to complete this $65 million initiative.  Individuals, businesses, schools, and community groups from around the world can contribute to this project. For example, trees for the most recent planting came from Tennessee-based Jackson Nursery. Ray and Cindy Jackson immediately wanted to help out with this project and did so by donating 15 Rising Sun Redbuds and provided 250 additional trees at a very low cost.


    The JTHG Partnership is seeking $100 contributions to support and plant each tree. Donors may select a soldier to honor, as the trees will be geo-tagged to allow Smart Phone users to learn the story of the soldier, providing a strong educational component to engage interest in the region’s historical heritage and literally bringing the tree to life. For more information on the Living Legacy Project, visit www.hallowedgroundtrees.org.


    The JTHG Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled historic, natural, and cultural landscape within the swath of land from Monticello to Gettysburg and has successfully created the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and has had the Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15/20/231) from Gettysburg, through Maryland, to Monticello designated a National Scenic Byway.  This is the region Where America Happened™, as it contains more history than any other region in the nation and includes: World Heritage sites, 16 National Historic Landmarks, over 10,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, 49 National Historic Districts, nine Presidential homes, 13 National Parks, hundreds of African American and Native American heritage sites, 30 Historic Main Street communities, sites from the Revolutionary War, the French-Indian War, the War of 1812 and the largest concentration of American Civil War sites in the nation.  For more information, go to: www.HallowedGround.org.


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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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