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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
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 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!

The SNA Plant Conference Schedule

LocationOur Sponsors

11:00am -   1:00pm Registration Open Level 300, LobbyMEDIA SPONSORS
  1:00pm -   1:55pm SNA SuperSession - Economic Outlook for 2019 Level 300, Room 327-328
GardenCenter Magazine
      Dr. Charlie Hall & Dr. Marco Palma   Nursery Management
  2:00pm -   4:10pm SNA Plant Conference Level 300, Room 327-328

  2:00pm   2:25pm Dr. Thomas Molnar, Rutgers University - Session 1 Level 300, Room 327-328
  2:30pm -   2:45pm Break Level 300, Lobby
Bailey Nurseries
  2:45pm -   3:10pm Buddy Lee, Transcend Nursery - Session 2 Level 300, Room 327-328
Star Roses and Plants
  3:15pm -   3:40pm Dr. Todd Lasseigne, Tulsa Botanic Garden - Session 3 Level 300, Room 327-328
  3:45pm -   4:10pm Mike Duval, Star Roses and Plants - Session 4 Level 300, Room 327-328
  1:00pm -   6:00pm SNA Research Conference - Presentations by Category Level 300, Room 329North Creek Nursery
  4:15pm -   5:00pm     SNA SynergySession - Participant-Driven Breakout Sessions Level 300, Room 327-328
Proven Winners® ColorChoice®


   7:30am  8:45am      SNA Annual Business Meeting & Awards Presentation Level 300, Room 329 SILVER SPONSORS
   7:30am -  9:00am Continental Breakfast Level 300, Room 327-328
Athens Wholesale Nursery
   9:00am -  9:55am SNA SuperSession - Planting in a Post-Wild World Level 300, Room 327-328 Athens GA Nursery Growers Assoc.
      Claudia West, ASLA, Phyto Studio   Cole Nurseries
 10:00am -  11:55pm Southern Plant Conference Level 300, Room 327-328 Flower City Nurseries
 10:00am -  10:25am Kevin Conrad, US National Arboretum - Session 5 Level 300, Room 327-328
Hoffman Nursery
 10:25am -  10:55am Break and Book Signing, Claudia West Level 300, Lobby J. Berry Nursery
 11:00am -  11:25am Steve Castorani, North Creek Nurseries - Session 6 Level 300, Room 327-328
Hoffman Nursery
 11:30am -  11:55am Keith Warren, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. - Session 7 Level 300, Room 327-328
Plantation Tree Company
 12:00pm -  1:30pm SNA PowerLunch Session & Awards Presentation Level 300, Room 327-328  
   1:30pm -  4:10pm Southern Plant Conference
Level 300, Room 327-328 BRONZE SPONSORS
   1:30pm -  1:55pm Tim Wood, Spring Meadow Nursery - Session 8 Level 300, Room 327-328
Classic Groundcovers
   2:00pm -  2:25pm Jim Monroe, Hort Couture Plants - Session 9 Level 300, Room 327-328
Dayton Bag and Burlap
   2:30pm -  3:45pm Break Level 300, Lobby
Georgia Green Industry Assoc.
   2:45pm -  3:10pm Natalia Hamill, Bailey Nurseries - Session 10 Level 300, Room 327-328
   3:15pm -  3:40pm Dr. Ryan  Contreras, Oregon State University - Session 11 Level 300, Room 327-328
May Nursery
   3:45pm -  4:10pm Dr. Paul Cappiello, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Session 12 Level 300, Room 327-328
Pleasant Run Nursery
   4:15pm  -  5:00pm SNA SuperSession - Participant-Driven Breakout Sessions
Level 300, Room 327-328
Shreckhise Nurseries
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 $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

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 2018 Southern Plant Conference on Tuesday, January 9 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


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 or give us a call at 678.809.9992.

Don Shadow presenting 2014 Don Shadow Award
Excellence to 
Margie Jenkins (2014)


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.

QuickLinks on Don Shadow

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