Southern Nurserymen's Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, 1916
In 1899, a group of nine men gathered at the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN) Convention in Chicago and decided to organize a southern association for the explicit purpose of dealing with a serious freight issue. The nine charter members of SNA were N.W. Hale of Knoxville, Tennessee; J.C. Hale of Winchester, Tennessee; G.H. Miller of Rome, Georgia; Charles T. Smith of Concord, Georgia; Amos A. Newsom of Knoxville, Tennessee; John A. Shadow of Winchester, Tennessee; James Cureton of Austell, Georgia; H.H. Camp of Knoxville, Tennessee and W.A. Easterly of Cleveland, Tennessee. N.W. Hale served as the first President of the Southern Nurserymen's Association.
A committee was appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws, and a second meeting was held on the first Wednesday in August, 1899, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. About 50 nurserymen attended this meeting. It was apparent that there were two serious problems that threatened the very survival of the nursery business in the South. The first, of course, was the problem of unfavorable freight rates on shipments to the Northern and Midwestern markets. And the second was the lack of cooperation between various states and their inspection services and the fact that various states had different tag requirements and license fees. There was no reciprocity between states or regions. Thus, the Southern Nurserymen's Association was born out of a common concern for survival.
As a regional association, SNA works to advance the horticultural industry in the southeast by supporting and enhancing educational, commercial and research opportunities; by gathering, analyzing and disseminating information and by providing a marketplace to promote the exchange and sale of nursery stock and other allied products to our members, our SNA Participating State Associations and the industry.
SNA continues to work today to build a brighter future and ensure that you, as an industry professional, have access to all of the information and materials that are pertinent to you and your business.
If you're not an SNA member, we encourage you to take a look at the many benefits of joining our professional trade association. If you would like more information about the history of SNA, take a look at our 1899 - 1999 Centennial Coverage and Commemorative History Book and Video.