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  • 25 Jan 2021 12:17 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA to Cease Operation
    The SNA Board has made the difficult decision to cease operation of the 121-yr. old organization.

    Following the announcement of canceling The SNA Conference scheduled for February, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced that in a unanimous vote the board of directors has made the difficult decision to cease operation of the 121-yr. old organization. Since the conference is the main source of income and with declining membership, the board determined that the association cannot be sustained.

    Founded in 1899, the SNA, a non-profit 501 (c) 6 trade association representing the horticulture industry in the southeastern U.S., accomplished many achievements in fulfilling its mission “to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.” The SNA produced one of the industry’s largest trade shows from 1950 – 2009, the SNA Research Conference from 1955 to 2020, and the SNA Plant Conference from 1991 to 2020. In addition, the association hosted a State Officer’s Conference to encourage the exchange of information and learn about various issues affecting the industry throughout the region. Through a collaborative effort with industry researchers, the SNA produced The Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide, designed to help growers identify and promote exceptional management practices, methods and procedures. The first publication was in 1996 (v 1.0) and updated in 2007 (v 2.0) and once again in 2013 (v 3.0). With more than 6,000 copies in use today, this ever-popular guide has been recognized as the undisputed benchmark for horticultural BMPs in the U.S.

    The SNA also published the Proceedings of the SNA Research Conference and featured more than 3,000 titles comprised of more than 12,500 pages on the SNA website. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories were presented at the conference and the proceedings have been published online, in an easy-to-use format, as an industry service. This exhaustive library will be transferred to the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) website (www.hriresearch.org) or future reference.

    In an effort to preserve the 121-year legacy of the SNA, two existing Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) Funds (the SNA Fund and the SNA Golf Classic Fund) will be combined (totaling approximately $300,000) and renamed the Southern Nursery Association Legacy Fund. SNA members are encouraged to continue to donate to this important fund (https://secure.givelively.org/donate/horticultural-research-institute-endowment-fund-inc/sna-1899-campaign) that awards funding for horticultural research in the southeast region of the U.S.

    Past SNA Executive Vice Presidents Danny Summers (1989 – 2006) and Karen Summers (2012 – 2020) have volunteered to maintain the sna.org website to house SNA’s rich history, including but not limited to SNA past presidents from 1899 – 2020, SNA Awards program winners from 1956 – 2020, SNA Research Conference Proceedings from 1991 – 2020, past Bryson L. James Student Research Competition winners, and the Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops. Additionally, an SNA Facebook page will be maintained to create a community for past SNA members, and for photos, memories and comments.

    Additional historical memorabilia will be deposited with the Atlanta History Center’s Cherokee Garden Library in the Southern Nursery Association Repository created in 1999 for SNA’s 100th anniversary. The collection contains hundreds of administrative records, meeting transcripts, seed catalogs, research proceedings, trade show programs, photos and more.

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, created by SNA in 1989, will not be impacted by this move. The Fund is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable corporation fully independent of the SNA and will continue its efforts to award academic scholarships to horticulture students throughout the southeastern U.S. To date, the fund has awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships. The fund balance currently stands at more than $900,000. For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund visit www.sbmsef.org.

    Although we are saddened that SNA will be closing its doors, SNA members can continue SNA’s mission to protect and advance our industry by becoming active members of their state horticulture association and AmericanHort, our industry’s national association.

    To assist in the effort of preserving the legacy of SNA, AmericanHort is offering an introductory membership to current SNA members through June 30, 2021. SNA members, who are not already AmericanHort members, can join at the Basic Level at a special rate of $189 for the first year. Details available at AmericanHort.org.

    AmericanHort members receive the Impact Washington monthly e-newsletter; Connect digital and print newsletters; Industry Insider Reports; access to the Hort Knowledge Center featuring over 1,000 videos, webinars, articles, and employment development tools; access to the Member Resource Directory and MemberVoice – a tool to be heard on national legislation and regulations; access to webinars; event registration discounts and much more.

    The creation of an SNA member group, based on the level of interest, inside AmericanHort, will help retain the identity and community of SNA. Additionally, efforts to expand the Southern Nursery Association Legacy Fund within HRI will be paramount to preserve the 121-year history and carry forth the longtime mission of the association to further horticultural research. For more information and to take advantage of this special offer contact AmericanHort by email: hello@americanhort.org or phone: 614-487-1117.

    In the coming weeks, SNA will be exploring other avenues for AmericanHort to help preserve some of SNA’s programs such as the research conference, student competition, and the Best Management Practices Guide. Final details of the effort to preserve the legacy of SNA will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

    The Southern Nursery Association wishes to express gratitude to the members, exhibitors, attendees, researchers, students, and volunteers who have been a part of the SNA experience for so many years. It is difficult to estimate the size and scope of the SNA community over the decades. To all those who have been a part of the SNA effort, we salute you and thank you for your service.

    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.


  • 17 Dec 2020 11:53 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., December 17, 2020 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced The SNA Virtual Conference scheduled for February 2021 has been canceled. The SNA board made this decision based on current industry and public constraints brought on by COVID-19. The SNA Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference and the 122nd Annual SNA Business Meeting, to be held in conjunction with The SNA Conference, has also been canceled.

    “The past year has created disruption and significant challenges for many associations and industry events, including the SNA. We would like to thank our members and state and national associations, as well as sponsors, speakers, and researchers for their support during these uncertain times,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “In the coming weeks the SNA board will be analyzing current programs and events to determine the future direction of the association. As we navigate uncharted waters and develop strategies for what’s next, we ask for your patience and continued support,” she added.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. 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 Oct 2020 3:59 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., October 12, 2020 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is calling for nominations for their annual awards to be presented at the 2021 SNA Conference. SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements. The SNA awards program is designed to recognize industry professionals for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements, and who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through these annual awards:

    Slater Wight Memorial Award – recognizes the person 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. Nominations and selection are made by the SNA Board.

    David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award – recognizes qualified young men and women (ages 39 or younger) for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. Nominations are accepted from State Associations within the SNA region and award recipients are selected by the SNA Board.

    SNA Pinnacle Award – recognizes an 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. Nominations and selection are made by the SNA Board.

    SNA Environmental Award – recognizes individuals and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and through their voluntary efforts exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and action to preserve and protect the environment.  Nominations are accepted from industry members and recipients are selected by the SNA Board.

    Porter Henegar Memorial Award – recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and, more specifically, to SNA. Nomination and selection are by fellow researchers.

    Don Shadow Award of Excellence – recognizes 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. Awardees must also demonstrate a strong volunteer and/or service commitment to bringing better plants to the landscape. Nominations are accepted from past attendees of the Southern Plant Conference and SNA Members.  Selection is made by the SNA Board.

    SNA Honorary Member Award – 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. Recipients are nominated and selected by the SNA Board.

    If you know of a deserving person that should be considered to receive the SNA Environmental Award or the Don Shadow Award of Excellence please nominate them by November 15, 2020.

    For more information on the SNA Awards Program, a list of previous SNA award winners, and nomination forms, visit the SNA website at www.sna.org/page-1093401, or contact the SNA office.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the $55 billion environmental 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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  • 29 Sep 2020 11:42 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., September 29, 2020 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced The SNA Virtual Conference has been scheduled for February 2021. Knowing it can be challenging for people to sit at a computer screen for extended blocks of time, the conference will be held in four sessions on Wednesdays throughout February from 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern. Actual dates and times follow:

    Wednesday, February 03, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern

    The SNA Research Conference is scheduled for Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern. The duration is subject to change based on the number of presentations.

    The new format will allow broader participation as well as a wider range of topics. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through the 18th SNA Plant Conference and the 65th SNA Research Conference, Keynote Sessions and Panel Discussions and Networking. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 122nd Annual SNA Business Meeting. 

    This new virtual experience will provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and collaborating with peers and experts through Q&A, breakouts, social engagement, and more – all recorded for replay or to share with other staff. Program content will feature the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and the latest horticultural research from top researchers from across the country. And new for 2021, business related topics will be included as well. Program details including topics and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Sponsorship for the 2021 SNA Conference includes conference registration, website ads, video clips, logo and hyperlink on the SNA website, and recognition in all event promotion. Contact the SNA office for more details. Registration details will be available in the coming weeks.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.

    For more information on SNA or The SNA Conference 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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  • 20 Aug 2020 1:10 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA, August 20, 2020 – The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has announced the names of twelve students from nine southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. Seven of the awards are named scholarships honoring past industry leaders. Each award of $1,500, totaling $18,000, has been presented to the following excelling scholars:

    Jordan McKenzie Baylor, University of Georgia (Robert L. Vanlandingham Scholarship)
    Kelby Jade Biswell, University of Arkansas
    Justin Todd Bratcher, University of Georgia (Richard J. Hackney Scholarship)
    Elizabeth Coleman, University of Georgia
    Kristopher S. Criscione, Louisiana State University (Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship)
    Hunter Leigh Hall, University of Mount Olive
    Jonathan Alexander Hampton, Auburn University (Arthur A. "Buck" Jones Scholarship)
    Shelby Grace Horton, Texas A&M University (Lee C. Howell Scholarship)
    Emma Cate Plouzek Morris, University of Maryland (Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship)
    Martine Patiance Bowombe Toko, Tennessee Tech University (Dr. Bryson L. James Scholarship)
    William C. Tolley, Western Kentucky University
    Zia Valerie Williamson, University of Georgia

    Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. This year’s recipients were chosen from a very competitive group of applicants. Of the twelve students, three are graduate students and nine are under graduate.

    “Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, Executive Vice President of the fund.

    “We continue to hear from recipients how important these awards are in reducing their financial stress allowing them the ability to concentrate more on their studies. I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry in the future. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he added.

    With this year’s awards, the fund has awarded a total of $558,000 since the fund was established in 1989. The fund’s current assets are now more than $880,000. Eight named funds have been pledged to date: The Larry D. Edwards Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell Fund, the Dr. Bryson L. James Fund, the Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Fund, the Art & Millie Lancaster Fund, and the Robert L. VanLandingham Fund. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to work toward their educational goals.

    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 corporation providing scholarships to students who are residents of the sixteen southeastern states SNA represents – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – pursuing a career in horticulture. The scholarship is dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders, the late Sidney B. Meadows, a Past President of the Southern Nursery Association, who was an avid supporter of student scholarships and believed that providing aid for students was an important way to ensure the growth and development of all facets of the industry. The fund derives its income from individual and corporate contributions and is governed by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund board of directors.

    An application for 2021 scholarships will be available online by January 1, 2021. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.

    More details on scholarship recipients can be found at www.sbmsef.org. For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, forward your inquiry to PO Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.813.1880, info@sbmsef.org or visit www.sbmsef.org.

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  • 19 Aug 2020 12:30 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


    Atlanta, Ga., August 19, 2020 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced that they are partnering with the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) on the upcoming New to the Market Forum – a new virtual experience.

    The first edition, Meet Your New Favorites:  New Plant & Products Review, will premiere on August 26, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm Eastern followed by a Happy Hour from 5:00pm to 5:45pm. New plant and products from the following companies will be featured:

    A.M.A. Horticulture, Inc. | Craig Willett
    Darwin Perennials | Leland Toering
    DeVroomen Flower Bulbs & Perennials | Jack DeVroomen
    Pacific Plug & Liner
    Plants Nouveau | Angela Treadwell-Palmer
    Terra Nova Nurseries
    Walters Gardens | Hans Hansen

    The event is open to the public and is free to PPA and SNA members (a special code will be provided). Non-Member cost is $45. Registration is available on the PPA website at https://perennialplant.org/page/VirtualEdition.

    “The SNA has a 30-year history of highlighting new plants coming to market through the SNA Plant Conference, and PPA’s “New to the Market Forum” will complement our purpose,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “We encourage all SNA members to take advantage of this free virtual experience,” she added.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.

    For more information on SNA or PPA’s New to the Market Forum 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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  • 21 Jul 2020 3:26 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., July 20, 2020 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced that The SNA Conference will be delivered through a virtual platform in 2021. After careful consideration, the decision was made by the board of directors based on both current and projected limitations due to COVID-19.

    The new format will allow broader participation as well as a wider range of topics. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through the 18th SNA Plant Conference and the 65th SNA Research Conference, Keynote Sessions and Panel Discussions and Networking. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 122nd Annual SNA Business Meeting. 

    “I am excited about the unlimited potential for our audience – and the future of the conference,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “Pivoting to a virtual platform can have many benefits and allow participation from across the country – or the globe. The primary focus of the conference has been new plants and research. Going forward, we will expand the range of topics to include business-related sessions,” she added.

    This new virtual experience will provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and collaborating with peers and experts through Q&A, breakouts, social engagement, and more – all recorded so you can replay a session or share it with other staff. Program content will feature the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and the latest horticultural research from top researchers from across the country. And new for 2021, business related topics will be included as well. Dates, schedule and program details will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.

    For more information on SNA or The SNA Conference 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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  • 24 Apr 2020 1:47 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Following is a one stop State Reopening Review by Stateside – the industry leading government relations firm, based in DC, but monitors all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They provide daily updates that have served to be a good resource that seems fairly reliable.

    Stateside Report on State Reopening Schedules

    Governors are beginning to announce timelines for relaxing strict measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus. Many states are dropping stay-at-home orders beginning May 1, while several states have not yet announced an end to restrictions.

    Health officials are warning states not to reopen businesses or allow large gatherings too quickly, for fear of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. But governors are under pressure to stimulate local economies that have been hit hard by closures. Many states plan a phased approach to reopening in an effort to balance priorities.

    Alabama: Alabama's stay-at-home order expires April 30. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) plans to follow state task force recommendations, which include first allowing small retailers, restaurants and other businesses to reopen with protective measures in place. Schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    Alaska: Alaska's stay-at-home order is set to expire April 21. Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) announced April 15 that nonessential medical procedures could restart May 4. K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    Arizona: Arizona's stay-at-home order expires April 30. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) says he's "working with industry and business leaders on a plan for economic recovery." K-12 schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    Arkansas: Arkansas does not have a stay-at-home order. On April 18, Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) launched an economic recovery task force and said he hopes to begin to ease restrictions in the state on May 4. Public schools are closed in the state for the rest of the school year.

    California: There is no set end date for California's stay-at-home order. Gov. Gavin Newsom(D) has joined a multistate task force, along with Oregon and Washington, to discuss reopening. He warned that some restrictions, such as masks in restaurants and bans against large gatherings, will stay in place through the summer. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Colorado: The state’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 26. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) has said social distancing measures will remain in place until “scientists are able to deliver a truly effective clinical treatment” for COVID-19. He said Monday that after April 26, the state would enter a "safer at home" phase where residents are recommended to stay home but not required to. Schools are closed through the end of the school year.

    Connecticut: Connecticut’s stay-at-home order expires May 20. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has set up an advisory board to decide how to reopen the state. Connecticut is allied with Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island in a multistate effort to coordinate reopening.

    Delaware: Delaware's stay-at-home order lasts until May 15. Gov. John Carney (D) has said the state is far from ready to reopen for business. Schools will be closed through the rest of the school year. “But the overall message that we’re opening up as if it’s tomorrow for me is the wrong message here in Delaware,’’ Carney told local public radio station WHYY. “I’m still saying, stay at home. Stay safe. We’re still not out of this. We still have not peaked and we will do everything we can to open when the conditions are right.”

    District of Columbia: The city's stay-at-home order expires May 15. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) extended school closures for the remainder of the school year.

    Florida: Florida’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gave a task force until April 24 to come up with a plan to safely reopen the state. Beaches reopened for “essential activities” in parts of the state on April 17. After saying he might reopen schools before the end of the school year, DeSantis said April 18 that K-12 schools would be closed for the rest of the school year.

    Georgia: Georgia’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Monday he would allow some businesses, including gyms and hair salons, to reopen and elective surgeries to resume beginning April 24. Schools are closed in the state through the rest of the school year.

    Hawaii: Hawaii’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Gov. David Ige (D) has said he’s taking a “phased-in” approach to reopening the state for business. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Idaho: Idaho’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Gov. Brad Little (R) extended the order despite opposition within his own party. He has said some nonessential businesses can reopen on May 1, so long as they “prepare operational plans” that include limits on the number of people in a business at a time.

    Illinois: Illinois's stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) is coordinating reopening the state with the governors of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    Indiana: Indiana's stay-at-home order expires April 30. Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) has warned not all restrictions will be dropped on May 1 but said that "we are thinking early May" for starting to ease some rules. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Iowa: Iowa has the “equivalent” of a stay-at-home order until April 30. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has mandated through a State Public Health Emergency Declaration that all nonessential businesses remain closed until then. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Kansas: Kansas’s stay-at-home order is set to expire May 3. Gov. Laura Kelly (D) said she's working on a plan to reopen the state. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Kentucky: Kentucky’s "Healthy at Home" order has no set end date. Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said he plans to follow federal benchmarks for reopening.

    Louisiana: Louisiana's stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said April 17 that the state is “not where we need to be” to reopen, but he expects to be closer by May 1. Schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    Maine: Maine’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. Gov. Janet Mills (D) said she is planning a "phased-in" reopening, "tailored to the demographics and various economic sectors of our state."

    Maryland: Maryland does not have an end date for its stay-at-home order or its executive order to wear face coverings in any retail business or on public transportation. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has promised a "gradual rollout" of any plan to reopen. Schools are closed until May 15.

    Massachusetts: Massachusetts is under a stay-at-home order until May 4. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year, and day care centers are closed until the end of June.

    Michigan: Michigan’s stay-at-home order expires April 30. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has said she hopes to take some "steps forward" to reopen the state starting May 1. "I do hope to have some relaxing come May 1, but it's two weeks away and the information and the data and our ability to test is changing so rapidly it's hard to tell precisely where we'll be in a week from now much less two," Whitmer told “Good Morning America” on April 17. She also warned that large group protests of her stay-at-home order could lead to extending her order. Michigan and several other states over the weekend saw small groups protesting that stay-at-home orders infringe on personal rights. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Minnesota: Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expires May 4. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) allowed some recreational activities, including golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking, to restart on April 18. The state’s public schools are also closed until May 4.

    Mississippi: Mississippi's stay-at-home order expires April 27. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) indicated he plans to begin allowing businesses to reopen on that date. However, schools are closed through the rest of the school year. "We can't wait until there's a cure to this," Reeves told Fox News on April 19. "We can't wait until every single person can get tested every single day to open up our economy. We have serious mental health issues going on in this country right now. And we also have a serious economic crisis going on in this country right now."

    Missouri: Missouri's stay-at-home order is set to expire May 3. Gov. Mike Parson (R) has said Missouri's "reopening efforts will be careful, deliberate, and done in phases," and that some local municipalities may leave restrictions in place longer than those at the state level. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Montana: Montana’s stay-at-home order expires April 24. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) has also extended school closures until that date. He plans a “phased reopening.”

    Nebraska: Nebraska does not have a stay-at-home order. Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) has said social distancing measures and closures of restaurants and other businesses will remain in place through April. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year.

    Nevada: Nevada's stay-at-home order ends April 30. Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) has said he will announce a plan to reopen the state "soon." Today, I had a briefing with my team of medical and emergency response experts. We’re reviewing the recommendations from the White House and making considerations for our state-specific re-opening plan. I look forward to presenting these updates to Nevadans soon. — Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) April 18, 2020

    New Hampshire: New Hampshire's stay-at-home order expires May 4. Gov. Chris Sununu (R) has said the state is "not anywhere near" fully reopening. Schools are closed in the state for the rest of the school year.

    New Jersey: New Jersey's stay-at-home order does not have an end date. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has said "there will be blood on our hands" if the order is lifted too soon. Schools in the state are closed until May 15.

    New Mexico: New Mexico’s stay-at-home order ends April 30. Schools are closed for the rest of the school year. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has called for "a thoughtful, staged and flexible reopening" of the state.

    New York: New York’s stay-at-home order lasts until May 15. Schools are also closed until then. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has said it's time to "start opening the valve slowly and carefully" and that upstate New York may reopen more quickly than New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has closed schools through the rest of the school year and cancelled nonessential events through June.

    North Carolina: North Carolina's stay-at-home order expires April 29. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) has said he does not plan "to lift the restrictions all at once." Schools are closed until May 15.

    North Dakota: North Dakota does not have a stay-at-home order. However, nonessential businesses are closed in the state through April 30. Gov. Doug Burgum (R) plans to partially reopen the state on May 1. Schools are closed “until further notice” but school facilities are allowed to reopen for some activities in May.

    Ohio: Ohio’s stay-at-home order will expire May 1. Gov. Mike DeWine (R) says the state will begin to “open back up” on that date with a “phased-in” approach. As of Monday, schools are closed through the rest of the academic year. I am an optimist and am confident that Ohioans will also live up to the challenge of doing things differently as we open back up beginning on May 1st. — Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) April 16, 2020

    Oklahoma: Oklahoma has a “safer-at-home” order, which recommends people over age 65 stay home, until May 6. Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) indicated he hopes the state can begin reopening May 1 if the “downward” trend in cases continues. He allowed previously suspended elective surgeries to resume as of April 24. Schools are closed for the rest of the academic year.

    Oregon: Oregon’s stay-at-home order does not have an end date yet. Many businesses are also closed indefinitely. Gov. Kate Brown (D) plans a "smart and deliberate" reopening for the state. Schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order expires May 8. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has said he plans to ease restrictions starting then on construction, curbside alcohol pickup and vehicle sales. “I want to caution that we will not be resuming operations as they were in February,” Wolf said April 20. “We’re going to continue to take precautions that limit our physical contact with others, and we will closely monitor this to see if it can be done safely.” Schools are closed the rest of the school year.

    Rhode Island: Rhode Island's stay-at-home order expires May 8. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) plans to reopen "industry by industry in phases." Schools are closed until the end of April.

    South Carolina: South Carolina's "state of emergency" order closing all nonessential businesses expires April 27. All South Carolina public schools are closed through April 30. However, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) is allowing some public beaches and retail stores, including department stores and bookstores, to reopen starting April 20. Public schools are closed through April 30.

    South Dakota: South Dakota does not have a stay-at-home order. Gov. Kristi Noem (R) says social distancing efforts have worked to "flatten the curve" in the state, saying the one “hot spot” was the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls. Schools are closed in the state through the rest of the year.

    Tennessee: Tennessee's stay-at-home order expires until April 30. Gov. Bill Lee (R) said Monday that "the vast majority of businesses" would be allowed to re-open on May 1. He has asked that all public schools remain closed for the rest of the school year, although each individual district has to adopt his recommendation. NEW: Tennessee Begins Phased Reopening Next Week. Our Economic Recovery Group is working with industry leaders around the clock so that some businesses can open as soon as April 27. Read more:https://t.co/mWA9rZjyq9 — Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) April 20, 2020

    Texas: Texas’s stay-at-home order ends April 30. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced on April 17 that state parks would reopen on April 20 and some stores could start offering “retail to go” starting April 24. He said face coverings would still be required. State schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

    Utah: Utah’s equivalent of a stay-at-home order expires May 1. Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has said he hopes to reopen the state in three phases starting at the beginning of May. He said he hopes to reopen sit-down dining and gyms and allow elective surgeries starting on May 1. Herbert’s phased plan indicates some "stabilization" efforts that will likely include some ongoing social distancing continuing through September. Schools are closed through the rest of the school year. We first started meeting on this issue on March 2, says @GovHerbert. We are still in an urgent phase of response, which has meant social distancing, increased testing, and public health orders limiting certain activities. But good things are happening. pic.twitter.com/b1iDWRN4Qg — Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force (@UtahCoronavirus) April 17, 2020

    Vermont: Vermont’s stay-at-home order ends May 15. Schools are closed through the rest of the academic year. Gov. Phil Scott (R) announced April 17 that some "low contact" businesses would be allowed to begin reopening with a two-person staff beginning April 20.

    Virginia: Virginia's stay-at-home order expires June 10. All K-12 schools are closed through the rest of the school year. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) extended his order closing essential businesses through May 8.

    Washington: Washington’s stay-at-home order expires May 4. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) has said he may extend it. He has said the state is "not close" to reopening. Washington schools are closed for the rest of the school year.

    West Virginia: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has not indicated an end date for his stay-at-home order. Schools and businesses remain closed until at least April 30. He said April 15 that he has begun conversations about "transitioning into the next phase" of the state's fight against the coronavirus.

    Wisconsin: Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order expires May 26. Gov. Tony Evers (D) has closed K-12 schools for the rest of the school year.

    Wyoming: Wyoming does not have a stay-at-home order. However, Gov. Mark Gordon (R) has used orders to prohibit gatherings of 10 or more people and close schools and businesses like restaurants. Those orders end April 30.

  • 23 Apr 2020 12:40 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


    The University of Georgia colleagues in Agricultural Economics, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science will be hosting a webinar on May 1, 2020 at noon Eastern (no registration needed - just click to enter).

    The webinar, titled "Lunch with the UGA Ornamentals Team," will be an open Q&A. Bring your questions on pesticide/herbicide choice, new plants, what’s that pest?, etc. and play stump the chumps—horticulture style. It's sure to be full of sarcasm and laughs (because Matthew Chappel is the MC)!

    Please note that the meeting is at noon Eastern, so in true southern style you're allowed to have an adult beverage at the beginning of the meeting. Those in more western time zones are allowed to be heathens, if they so choose. Europeans will certainly just be hitting your stride, so please liven the scene up. Note that the meeting is limited to 500, so log in as close to the start time as possible (the meeting will open at 11:50 a.m. Eastern).

    If you don't already have Zoom installed on your device you will need to download and install the package (link above) to save time and assure a quick connection.

    Join the Meeting with one click:  https://zoom.us/j/92860380156
    Phone Dial-in:  253-215-8782 (you will need to enter the meeting ID if you call in).
    Meeting ID: 928 6038 0156

  • 28 Jan 2020 2:48 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


    Atlanta, Ga., January 28, 2020
    – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2020 term were elected during the 121st Annual SNA Business Meeting held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., during The SNA Conference. 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

    Rickey Minton, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN, was elected president succeeding Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA.

    The complete slate of 2020 officers and directors is as follows:

    President:  Rickey Minton, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN
    Vice Pres/Treas/Director Chapter 4:  Todd Ellefson, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA
    Director Chapter 1:  Matthew Shreckhise, Shreckhise Nurseries, Grottoes, VA
    Director Chapter 2:  Marcus Cook, Marcus Cook Farms, Gray Court, SC
    Director Chapter 3:  Jerry Blankenship, Blankenship Farms and Nursery, McMinnville, TN
    Immediate Past President:  Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA

    Newly elected SNA President Rickey Minton holds a B.S. Agriculture from Tennessee Tech University, a Masters in Global Studies from Liberty University, and a Ph. D. from Trinity University in Religious Studies. He has been the owner of Triangle Nursery since 1995, a 500-acre field and container production nursery. In addition to his nursery, Rickey is involved in several business ventures. Rickey is also a Pastor and Missionary in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Africa.  He is a Billy Graham Evangelical Association Chaplain and Tennessee State Prison Chaplain. His Hobbies include fishing, hunting, and boating. Rickey has been married to Greta (Porter) for 38 years. They have two boys Zach and Wes, and two grandchildren Lake and Landon.

    Joining the SNA Board this year is Jerry Blankenship. Jerry, along with his wife Beth, own and operate Blankenship Farms and Nursery, McMinnville, TN.  Jerry is past president of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA) and was awarded TNLA Young Farmer of the Year (2003) and the TNLA Nurseryman of the Year (2014).  In 2005, he was awarded SNA’s David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award.  Jerry has served on the Tennessee Department of Transportation Highway Beautification Committee and the US National Arboretum Horticulture Advisory Board.  He and Beth have three children, Katie Beth Stanfield, Emilie, and William.  Jerry enjoys being crew chief for his dirt late model racecar driven by his son, William.  He is a deacon at Westwood Church of Christ.

    “This board represents a group of very diverse leaders from across the southeast, all with excellent business skills,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced and talented group of board members who are committed to advancing the SNA, and I am very confident in their abilities to lead this 121-year-old association forward,” she added.

    The business and affairs of the Southern Nursery Association are managed by a Board of Directors consisting of six members: one from each of the four Chapters, the Vice President/Treasurer, the President and the Immediate Past President. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by the membership for one-year terms. When the Director from any of the four Chapters is elected to the office of the President, a new Director from the same Chapter is elected to replace that position. While the SNA Board of Directors has general governing power, it delegates certain authority to committees, officers and staff in order to facilitate proper operation. The Executive Vice President, appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors, is the only paid officer and manages the day-to-day affairs of the association. Karen Summers currently serves as the SNA Executive Vice President.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. 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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