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The SNA Plant Conference & Schedule
Monday, January 6, 2020   1:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, January 7, 2020   9:00am - 4:30pm
Held in Conjunction with The SNA Conference
Preceding MANTS (January 8-10)

Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

The SNA Plant Conference (and the SNA Research Conference) is a part of The SNA Conference scheduled for Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7 – two days before the opening of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) on January 8-10, 2020.

The 17th 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. Plus, the SNA SuperSession provides essential economic and legislative information – to help you important business decisions. And finally, the SNA SynergySession will wrap up the conference with time for insightful conservations and collaboration with other industry professionals.

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!

The 2020 SNA Plant Conference Schedule


 - 1:00pmRegistration OpenLevel 300, Lobby 
 1:00pm - 1:55pmSNA SuperSession - Making the Most of an Uncertain Situation
Level 300, Room 340
   Dr. Charlie Hall & Dr. Marco Palma
 2:00pm - 4:10pmSNA Plant Conference
Level 300, Room 340
 2:00pm - 2:25pmDr. Thomas Molnar, Rutgers University - Session 1
Level 300, Room 340
 2:30pm - 2:45pmBreak
Level 300, Lobby
 2:45pm - 3:10pmBennett Saunders, Saunders Brothers - Session 2
Level 300, Room 340
 3:15pm - 3:40pmMaria Zampini, Upshoot - Session 3
Level 300, Room 340
 3:45pm - 4:10pmAnthony Aiello, Morris Arboretum - Session 4
Level 300, Room 340
 2:00pm - 5:00pmSNA Research Conference - Presentations by Category
Level 300, Room 339
 4:15pm - 5:00pmSNA Synergy Session - Participant-Driven Breakout Sessions
Level 300, Room 340


   8:00am     8:45am      SNA Annual Business Meeting  Level 300, Room 340
   7:30am -    9:00am Continental Breakfast  Level 300, Lobby
 10:00am- 12:00pmSNA Research Conference - Presentations by Category Level 300, Room 339
   9:00am -  11:55am SNA Plant Conference  Level 300, Room 340
   9:00am -    9:25am Adam Black, Plant Explorer and Conservation HorticulturalistSession 5
 Level 300, Room 340
   9:30am -    9:55amTim Brotzman, Brotzman Nursery - Session 6 Level 300, Room 340
  10:00am -  10:25am Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm - Session 7  Level 300, Room 340
  10:30am- 10:55amBreak Level 300, Lobby
  11:00am- 11:25amKevin Conrad, U.S. National Arboretum - Session 8 Level 300, Room 340
  11:30am- 11:55amMary Vaananen, Jelitto Perennial Seed - Session 9
 Level 300, Room 340
 12:00pm -   1:55pm SNA PowerLunch Session & Awards Presentation  Level 300, Room 340
   2:00pm -   3:40pm SNA Plant Conference
 Level 300, Room 340
   2:00pm -   2:25pmScott McMahan, Atlanta Botanical Garden - Session 10 Level 300, Room 340
   2:30pm -   2:55pm Adam Wheeler, Broken Arrow Nursery - Session 11 Level 300, Room 340
   3:00pm -   3:15pm Break  Level 300, Lobby
   3:15pm -   3:40pm Michael Dodge, Vermont Willow Nursery - Session 12  Level 300, Room 340
   3:45pm -   4:30pm SNA SuperSession - Participant-Driven Breakout Sessions
 Level 300, Room 340
All meeting rooms are on Level 300 at the Baltimore Convention Center (address above).
MANTS Exhibitor Setup is Monday 10am-6pm and Tuesday 8am-6pm

SNA Conference Registration is $225 (Non-Member), $175 (SNA Members), $95 (Educator/Student) and includes access to the SNA Conference, the SNA Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and roundtable discussions on Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7. Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks are included.

Optional 1-Day registration is available. 

The Don Shadow Award of Excellence

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 2020 Southern Plant Conference on Tuesday, January 7 during the SNA PowerLunch.

Previous award recipients include:

Don Shadow
Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN
Rick Crowder Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, NC
Margie Jenkins
Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, LA
2015 Ted Stephens Nurseries Caroliniana, North Augusta, SC
2016 Dr. Michael A. Dirr Retired Professor, UGA, Bogart, GA
2018 Buddy Lee Owner, Transcend Nursery, Independence, LA
2019Tony AventPlant Delights, Raleigh, NC


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 an SNA Member or past participant of The SNA Plant Conference you are invited to nominate a deserving person for this prestigious award. Simply download the Don Shadow Award of Excellence Nomination Form and return to the SNA office – or give us a call at 678.809.9992.

Don Shadow presenting the 2014 Don Shadow
Award of 
Excellence to 
Margie Jenkins


Who is Don Shadow?

Don Shadow has been described in many ways:

– Tennessee farm boy
– 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.

QuickLinks on Don Shadow

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