The SNA Plant Conference & Schedule
Monday, January 7, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Held in Conjunction with The SNA Conference
Preceding MANTS (January 9-11)
Baltimore Convention Center
The SNA Plant Conference (and the SNA Research Conference) is a part of The SNA Conference scheduled for Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8 – two days before the opening of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) on January 9-11, 2019.
The 16th SNA Plant Conference, will feature a stellar cast of speakers. It's a Who's Who of Horticulture when the brightest minds in horticulture come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for breeders, researchers, growers, landscape professionals and retailers. This is a RARE opportunity you won't want to miss! See the schedule below for list of speakers and titles or CLICK HERE to go to the speaker page.
The SNA Plant Conference, provides the perfect platform for the industry to get a glimpse of exciting new plants coming to market. Fast-paced sessions boast the best and the hottest new plant varieties coming to market, and provide a unique opportunity to discover a vast array of new plants, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit, and the most interesting flower or foliage.
The SNA Plant Conference, is a unique experience you won't soon forget. 12 hours of action-packed adventure with 12 plant enthusiasts, authors, breeders, educators, growers, public garden professionals, and world travelers will get any plant lover's adrenaline pumping as you witness their vast knowledge and insight on plants. Hold on to your hats for this extraordinary experience as Dr. Richard Olsen and Dr. Thomas Molnar orchestrate this unique symphony... There's nothing quite like it!
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
MANTS Exhibitor Setup is Monday 10am-6pm and Tuesday 8am-6pm
SNA Conference registration is $279 (Non-Member), $229 (SNA Members), $179 (Educator/Student) and includes access to the SNA Conference, the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and roundtable discussions on Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8. In addition, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks are included both days.
The Don Shadow Award of Excellence, named for the first recipient, Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, will be presented at the Southern Plant Conference 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.
In naming the award for Don Shadow, the SNA also recognizes Mr. Shadow as one of the primary driving forces behind the success of the Southern Plant Conference and the program’s commitment to providing top industry plant experts. This year is no exception.
The Don Shadow Award of Excellence will be presented at the 2019 Southern Plant Conference on Tuesday, January 8 during the SNA PowerLunch.
Previous award recipients include:
Special thanks to Don Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, and Dr. Michael Dirr, Retired Professor, UGA, for their commitment and tireless effort in making The SNA Plant Conference such a prestigious industry event!
And thanks too to all of the hundreds of conference speakers that have given their time and shared their expertise over the past 20+ years making this conference so spectacular!
In 2018, the NextGen stepped in at The Southern Plant Conference. Dr. Richard Olsen, U.S. National Arboretum Director, and Dr. Thomas Molnar, Rutgers University Associate Professor, has taken the lead as chair and co-chair, respectively. READ MORE.
Nominate a Deserving Person for the Don Shadow Award of Excellence
As a past participant of The Southern Plant Conference you are invited to nominate a deserving person for this prestigious award. Simply send an email with the person's name, company, city, state and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 678.809.9992.
Don Shadow presenting 2014 Don Shadow Award
Who is Don Shadow?
Don Shadow has been described in many ways:
– Tennessee farm boy
– A modern day Noah
– Father Nature
– The Indiana Jones of Horticulture
Don Shadow is a plantsman extraordinaire. A fourth-generation nurseryman whose plant knowledge
is encyclopedic, Don is highly recognized, nationally and internationally, both as an expert horticulturist
and for his success in saving endangered animal species. His collection of exotic animals includes more than 600 animals in 60 different species living and breeding under his watchful eye.