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  • 20 Dec 2019 3:12 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., December 23, 2019 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2020 SNA Awards.  The awards will be presented at the 121st Annual SNA Business Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., during The SNA Conference.

    The SNA Awards Program began in 1956, when the late John B. Wight, Sr., suggested to the officers of the Southern Nursery Association that an award be offered annually to the person of their selection who, in their opinion, had contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. This first award, considered a lifetime achievement award, was named the Slater Wight Memorial Award in memory of the late J. Slater Wight, brother of the late John B. Wight, Sr. Nomination. Selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

    This year’s recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Dr. Allan Armitage, Emeritus Professor at the University of Georgia who holds academic degrees from McGill University and University of Guelph, Canada, as well as Michigan State University.

    Allan Armitage is well known as a writer, speaker and researcher throughout the world. He has written over 70 academic papers, 500 industry papers, and 16 books that serve as classroom texts, reference books and gardeners’ companions. He teaches two online courses on perennials and has been writing a monthly column for a national publication – Greenhouse Grower for over 30 years. In that 30 years no column has ever been repeated.

    Allan has introduced over 20 plants to the gardening community, including Verbena “Homestead Purple” and ‘Margarita’ ornamental sweet potato. He has also written an app for smartphones and tablets. Armitage’s Great Garden Plants serves as a bridge between the industry and consumer and has been referenced more than 100,000 times.

    His company, Garden Vistas, has organized tours to the Great Gardens of the World every year for more than 30 years. He is an avid photographer and his photos have been published widely in books, and are sold online for use on labels, benchtags or books.

    He has been honored with almost every award that can be bestowed, including the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award from the American Horticulture Society, the Hutchinson Medal from the Chicago Botanical Garden, the Medallion of Honor from the All American Society, the Silver Medallion from the American Dahlia Society. He also has been honored by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers with the establishment of The Allan Armitage Leadership Award. The list goes on to include the celebrated Scott Medal and Award for contributions to American horticulture by the Scott Foundation in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, arguably the most prestigious honor in ornamental horticulture.

    In addition to his many teaching, writing and research achievements and awards, in 2018, he was an important contributor to the team that won the USTA National Tennis Title for age and skill level.

    Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is presented each year to recognize qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. The recipient must be 39 years of age or younger and must be a member of his/her state nursery association. Nominations are made by the State Associations within the SNA region with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.

    This year’s recipient of the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is Autumn Schwab White, Principal and Owner of Dragonfly Landscape and Water Gardens, Tampa, FL. With her infectious spirit, she is a passionate springboard for the green industry. As president of Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association’s Tampa Bay Chapter, Autumn has infused new and vibrant energy into a host of local events and FNGLA projects. Autumn also serves FNGLA as Tampa Bay Chapter’s state board representative and served as this year’s Convention Committee Chair, helping to organize events at FNGLA’s Annual Convention. She received the 2019 FNGLA/Farm Credit Young Nursery Professional Award.

    When notified that she had been selected to receive the FNGLA/Farm Credit Young Nursery Professional Award she said, “I wasn’t sure they had called the right person. Not being in the industry long, it means a lot that a group of people that have deep roots and generational commitments to the industry look at me as worthy of the award. It’s surprising and it means a lot. I don’t feel like I do enough, and I don’t think I ever will.” In that same humble spirit, she added, “But I hope to contribute even more in the future.”

    Autumn holds degrees in geography and environmental science. A lover of the outdoors from a very young age, Autumn spent most of her childhood either at the base of the St. John’s River or camping and hiking in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. After initially forging a career in IT, horticulture and love found Autumn through her husband Chuck who convinced her to partner with him in his business, Dragonfly Landscape and Water Gardens. The pair and the business have been going strong ever since.

    You may remember Autumn from an episode of “Flip My Florida Yard,” where, as project supervisor, she commanded a pack of more than 40 as they sought to bring a brand-new landscape to the backyard of a wheelchair-bound veteran. Keeping the crew on task, they delivered in less than one day. Locally, she serves on the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association’s Greenspace Committee.

    A Central Florida native, Autumn enjoys tending to her vegetable and herb garden, cooking and exploring international cuisine in her spare time. A lover of old things, she and Chuck enjoy visiting antique shops.

    Established by the SNA Board in 1992, the SNA Pinnacle Award is given to the 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. This award is limited to SNA members. Nomination and selection of recipients is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

    This year’s recipients of the SNA Pinnacle Award is Brent Harper, Cherokee Manufacturing, Nashville, GA. Born and raised in Pelham, Georgia, Brent Harper’s work ethic began at an early age while working on the family farm. With a desire to branch out and learn new things, Brent took a job at a local cabinetry shop in 1981 where he would remain until 1984. In the same year, Brent began work with Amoco Fabrics & Fibers of Nashville, GA, a producer of shade cloth and ground cover for the nursery industry. At the time, Amoco Fabrics & Fibers was the leading industry supplier to packaging companies as well as wholesale distributors of shade cloth and woven ground cover. Being fascinated with how the products were produced, used and sold, Brent took a job as a salesman with Cady Bag Company, Inc. of Pearson, Ga in 1986. His job encompassed Georgia, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina where he traveled extensively learning more about his products and customers. 

    In 1990, Brent took a sales position with L & M Packaging out of Charlotte, NC. Although L &M Packaging was a much larger seller of nursery supplies, Brent rose to the challenge when he became one of the largest sellers of wire baskets and burlap supplies in the South. During this time, he made the acquaintance of the Gunderman family who own and operate Cherokee Manufacturing, a top producer of wire baskets. Making a name for himself, Brent was approached by Jimmy and Randy Stewart of Stewart’s Tree Service, Brookville, FL, to develop a fabric that would prevent pre-dug trees from re-rooting. In 1995, the trio elaborated on a ground cover linen which sold millions of pieces of fabric and are still sold today.

    In 1998, Brent took his present position as a salesman for Cherokee Manufacturing, one of the largest wire basket manufacturers and suppliers to nurseries in the country. Cherokee Manufacturing serves most of the southern states. Brent resides in Nashville, Ga with his wife Valerie and their children Zack (Courtney), Ashley (Debi) and Brandon. He is Grandpa to Jackson, Zeke and Noah. He enjoys golfing, Georgia Bulldog football and spending time with his family.

    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 - 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to the SNA. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry.

    The recipient of the 2020 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is Dr. Robert Geneve, Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, where he teaches Woody Plant Material, Plant Propagation and Topics in Plant and Soil Science. He also coordinates the internship program for HPLS horticulture and science. In addition, he is an Academic and Horticulture Club advisor.

    Robert holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, 1982-1985. He is editor for the International Plant Propagator’s Society (2018 to present), associate editor for Seed Technology (2008 to present), science editor for the North American - Scientia Horticulturae (2001 to 2009) and serves on the Editorial Board for the Propagation of Ornamental Plants (2003 to present).

    Robert is a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (2005) and a Fellow of the International Plant Propagators’ Society (2003). He has authored and published numerous papers, chapters and a book title Hartmann and Kester’s Plant Propagation:  Principles and Practices (2018). He has given numerous presentations on nursery production, propagation, irrigation, pollinators, pollination, and seeds throughout the world.

    The Don Shadow Award of Excellence, named for the first recipient, Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, is presented 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. Nominations are accepted from attendees of the Southern Plant Conference and SNA Members. Nominees may be carried forward from one year to the next. Selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

    The 2020 recipients of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence are Mark and Jolly Krautmann, co-owners of Heritage Seedlings & Liners, Salem, Oregon.

    Mark grew up on a farm in Missouri and graduated with degrees from the University of Missouri in agriculture and Texas A&M in Soil Microbiology.  Jolly, the smarter of the two according to Mark, was a straight A student in Taiwan, so she also qualified for a Masters degree scholarship at Texas A&M, where she earned her degree in Soil Chemistry. So, they met in the basement of the Soils Department at A&M, and who could have known the mischief that followed? 

    They moved to Oregon in the spring of 1978 and started Heritage Seedlings together in 1981.  Starting with Japanese maple seedlings and using only hand tools for all the work, they now grow over 520 kinds of rare and unusual woody plants. Although Mark is clearly more the “plant geek”, he’s quick to point out that no plant maniac makes payroll without a clever spouse who can help market them effectively. If you ever wander into their trade show booth, you know it’s Jolly who makes the sales and follows up with the details or Mark’s wacky ideas. 

    Heritage Seedlings consists of about 15 acres of greenhouses and 120 acres of field-grown transplants on several farms near Salem, OR.  They employ about 75 people year-round. The firm propagates millions of seedlings annually, and about half-million plants by grafting, budding, vegetative cuttings. Heritage Seedlings is surely the world’s largest grower of Japanese maple and magnolia rootstocks. Their specialty is unusual deciduous ornamentals grown in pots, and field transplants up to 4 feet tall.

    Mark and Jolly have long been involved in volunteer work within AmericanHort, the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and local Oregon charities. They also have widely acclaimed wildlife habitat restoration projects on farms they own, and an active outreach program with students, non-profits, and state agencies on conservation and stewardship issues. Recipients of numerous awards for resource stewardship, they also grow a wide scope of native plants, including rare/threatened species. Their staff botanist runs a separate seed operation that offers more than 100 varieties of Willamette Valley wildflower seeds.

    The SNA Board of Directors also 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 with honorary membership awards. This year, one deserving industry member has been selected to

    receive an SNA Honorary Member Award. He has, no doubt, made outstanding contributions to the association and the indus­try during his participation in the Southern Nursery Association.

    This year’s recipient of the SNA Honorary Member Award is Jimmy Driver, Jimmy Driver Plant Brokerage & Consulting, McMinnville, TN. Jimmy Driver served as President of Middle Tennessee Nursery (1974 – 1975); President of the Tennessee Nursery Association (1984 – 1985); Member of the Board of Governors of the American Nursery Association (1990 – 1993). He was honored as Tennessee Wholesale Nurseryman of the Year in 1992.  He has served on various committees of state, regional and national associations.  Jim, along with Otis Floyd, led the delegation to facilitate the legislative and funding activities to move the nursery research center to McMinnville – the Otis Floyd Nursery Crop Research Station. Jim also served on the legislative committee of the American Nursery Association.  He attended conferences in Washington, DC at the Capitol and the White House.

    Mr. Driver joined the US Navy at the age of 17 in 1957. He began his nursery experience by selling trees on the side while working other jobs.  Living in Chattanooga, and close to McMinnville, he would take orders and sell trees during the week to neighbors and fellow employees at his other jobs. After several years, he and his family moved back to Smithville.  Because there were no nurseries who would sell to the public, Jim started a retail center in the heart of the wholesale nursery industry named Cumberland Nursery in Smithville. From a meager beginning in 1970, the nursery grew to a 150-acre operation with twenty employees, Mr. Driver sold wholesale as well as retail. He was one of the first to grow trees in containers in many sizes.  This maintained the operation year around regardless of weather conditions.

    Raised primarily by his grandparents on a small farm in DeKalb County Tennessee, everything revolved around producing food in order to keep the family going. Jim looks at this time of working with his hands in the dirt as the beginning of his love of farming and working with the ground.

    In 1995, Jim embarked on a new adventure. He began a new business, Jimmy Driver Plant Brokerage & Consulting.  Representing nurseries across several states, he still works full time to this day. He currently lives in McMinnville, TN where the trees are!

    Jim would like to remember two individuals who were instrumental in his success in the nursery industry:  Tommy Henegar and Edward S. Porter, both loved the SNA.

    The SNA Awards Program is designed to recognize 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. For a list of previous SNA award winners, visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the 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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  • 10 Oct 2019 12:36 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA Announces Student Research Travel Grant Program
    Travel Grants Available for 2020 SNA Student Research Competition Participants

    Atlanta, Ga., October 10, 2019 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced a new program designed to offer financial aid through travel reimbursements to students presenting in the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition at the 2020 SNA Research Conference. The SNA Research Conference will be held concurrently with The SNA Conference on January 6 and 7, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, two days before the opening of MANTS, January 8 - 10. This location also allows students exposure to one of the largest horticultural trade shows in the country.

    The student competition offers a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their latest research results, hone their communication skills and compete for cash awards. These students historically demonstrate strong academic and research ability and move forward in the industry to make outstanding contributions. 

    The competition is named for Dr. Bryson L. James who not only served as Director of Horticultural Research for the Southern Nursery Association, coordinator of the conference and editor of the Annual Proceedings for 37 years but was active in the SNA Research Conference for nearly 50 years. The student competition is funded by Bennett's Creek Nursery and Lancaster Farms. The travel grant program is sponsored by AgiStarts, Saunders Brothers, the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), and the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund. Students will be reimbursed $300 toward costs related to traveling to and participating in this competition (e.g. airfare, mileage, hotel, meals), based upon available funds.

    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country. Topics are divided into thirteen categories and shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. These categories include:  Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing

    Engineering, Structures and Innovations, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Growth Regulators, Landscape, Pathology and Nematology, Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Propagation, Water Management, Weed Control. Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual publication "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on the SNA website at www.sna.org.  Proceedings from 1991 - 2019 are available with 3,136 titles comprised of 12,393 pages.

    “Research is vital to our industry, and the SNA Research Conference has provided a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry for the past 64 years,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President.  “Going forward, this cutting-edge and critically important research will be even more important to provide sustainable solutions, job opportunities, improve human health, and protect our environment. Our future depends on our students – and our students depend on us to help them get started in this incredible industry. I am happy that SNA can offer additional support to these young men and women through the generous support of our sponsors,” she added.

    The application deadline is November 29, 2019. Student Travel Grant Applications can be downloaded from the SNA website under the Research and Education tab at https://sna.org/page-1052562. More details of the 2020 SNA Conference, the SNA Research Conference, and the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition is available on the SNA website at www.sna.org. For more information, 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.

  • 15 Aug 2019 3:16 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., August 19, 2019 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is calling for nominations for their annual awards to be presented at the 2020 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 – recognizing 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 –is presented 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. Awardees must also demonstrate a strong volunteer and/or service commitment to bringing better plants to the landscape. Nominations are accepted from 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 1, 2019.

    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.

    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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  • 12 Aug 2019 1:59 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


    ACWORTH, GA, August 12, 2019 – 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. Five of the awards are named scholarships honoring past industry leaders, including the new award named to honor Dr. Bryson L. James for the 40+ years of service to the Southern Nursery Association as Director of Horticultural Research. Each award of $1,500, totaling $18,000, has been presented to the following excelling scholars:

    Katelin Borden, University of Florida
    Sean Patrick Caton, University of Georgia - Robert L. Vanlandingham Scholarship
    Garrett Shane Ford, University of Georgia - Arthur A. "Buck" Jones Scholarship
    Zachary William Jones, University of Maryland - Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship
    Claire Elizabeth Krofft, Auburn University - Lee C. Howell Scholarship
    Joanna Lambert, Louisiana State University - Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
    Nathan Allen Maren, North Carolina State University
    Juan Fernando Moscoso, University of Arkansas
    Darle Bailey Riordan, University of Kentucky
    Angela Rowe, University of Georgia
    Angelia Dynette Ryker, University of Tennessee, Dr. Bryson L. James Scholarship
    Zia V. 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. This year’s number of applications was at an all-time high and one of the most competitive to date.

    “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 $540,000 since the fund was established in 1989. The fund’s current assets are now more than $900,000. Seven 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 2020 scholarships will be available online by January 1, 2020. 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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  • 11 Jun 2019 4:45 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    June 12, 2019, Acworth, Ga. – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the proceedings of the 63rd Annual SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been compiled and is now available online at www.sna.org. This 209-page proceedings, provided free to the industry, is downloadable, searchable, and printable.

    The 2019 proceedings includes ten sections of the latest horticultural research on Plant Breeding and Genetics, Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing, Growth Regulators, Landscape, Pathology and Nematology, Plant  Propagation, Water Management, Engineering, Structures and Innovation, and Entomology. Titles were presented by 95 authors from thirteen states and Mexico. A complete list of titles and authors can be found in the Covers and Introduction section, page viii and ix.

    The annual publication SNA Research Conference Proceedings, from 1991 to 2019, is available on the SNA website at www.sna.org in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing, printing, or downloading (28 years and 3,136 titles comprised of 12,393 pages). When downloaded, the PDF file is searchable.

    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the county. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. A printed agenda and the conference format permits selection of research topics of special interest for those interested in attending. All industry members are invited to attend.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the 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.

    The 64th Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for January 6 – 7, 2020, and will be held in conjunction with The SNA Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland two days before the opening of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS). More details will be available soon. 

    For more information on the SNA Research Conference or 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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  • 18 Mar 2019 1:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA Rolls Out New SNA365 Program
    SNA Teams Up with PLANTFINDER® and Plant & Supply Locator® to Create SNA365


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    Atlanta, Ga., March 18, 2019 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the creation of a new member program designed to increase exposure to buyers and suppliers in the horticultural industry across the southeast.

    SNA365, powered by PlantSearch®, is an online sourcing guide for plants and supplies. Members will be able to easily manage their online product listings and photos in one place. All SNA Members will be tagged with a designated logo on the PlantSearch® site. In addition, SNA Member listings will contain a direct link from the SNA website to their PlantSearch® listing.

    A selected number of your PlantSearch listings may also be included in PLANTFINDER® and/or Plant & Supply Locator® magazines, distributed to Landscape Contractors, Landscape Architects, Wholesale and Retail Nurserymen, Design Professionals, and thousands of other horticultural professionals throughout the southeast – and also circulated at industry trade shows including The Landscape Show, Gulf States Horticultural Expo, Texas Nursery & Landscape Show, Native Plant Show, Jacksonville Landscape Show and the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition.

    “I am excited about the potential of this new program,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President.  “With limited listings and searchability on the SNA website, it makes perfect sense to reduce duplication and effort by joining forces with an already existing and widely-recognized online source for finding plants and horticultural products. PlantSearch®, the driving force behind SNA365, will enable SNA members to cost-effectively list their products, availabilities, and photos – with 25 listings starting at $29.95 a month, and unlimited listings at $99.95 a month. Plus, SNA members will receive one month FREE at signup,” she added.

    PlantFinder®, a wholesale guide to ornamental and foliage plants from across Florida and the Gulf Coast, has provided precise and up-to-date horticultural information to the industry for more than 45 years. Plant & Supply Locator® is a monthly magazine containing up-to-date pricing and availability from hundreds of quality growers and suppliers throughout USDA hardiness zones 2-8. The Locator has become one of the most timesaving tools for thousands of horticultural professionals throughout the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest. PlantSearch® combines the unmatched power and reach of PlantFinder® and Plant and Supply Locator® online.

    SNA.org is recognized as a major industry resource for horticultural research. The SNA Research Conference Proceedings, from 1991 to 2018 (3,101 titles comprised of 12,184 pages), are available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for downloading and viewing or printing. In addition, the Best Management Practices:  Guide for Producing Nursery Crops v. 3.0 is a 176-page manual available online at sna.org. This ever-popular guide has become recognized as the undisputed benchmark for horticultural BMPs in the U.S. with more than 6,000 copies in use today. Printed manuals are available as well.

    More details of SNA365 are available on the SNA website at https://sna.org/page-1093315, or 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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  • 11 Mar 2019 2:50 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    2020 SNA Conference Announced
    2020 SNA Conference Scheduled for January 6 - 7, 2020 in Baltimore, Md.


    Atlanta, Ga., March 11, 2019 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans are underway to hold the 2020 SNA Conference once again at the Baltimore Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, January 6 - 7, 2020, preceding the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) on Wednesday, January 8 – Friday, January 10, 2020.

    Participants of the 2019 SNA Conference were positive about the location, the meeting space, and the added convenience of the conference held two days before the opening of MANTS. The new day-and-a-half format was well received, and participants were impressed with the plant conference speaker lineup, the quality of research papers presented at the research conference and enjoyed the open format of the conference allowing ample time for networking and discussion.

    On Monday afternoon Dr. Charlie Hall and Dr. Marco Palma, Texas A&M, teamed up to present an economic outlook for the year ahead during the SNA SuperSesson. These two green industry economy experts offered insights on what to expect for the green industry in 2019. The complete video presentation is available on the SNA website at https://sna.org/page-1863049.

    Craig Regelbrugge with AmericanHort offered his insight on the ever-changing political landscape on Capitol Hill on Tuesday during lunch. Immediately following his presentation, the 2019 SNA Awards and the Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards were presented. 2019 SNA Award recipients and information can be found on the SNA website at https://sna.org/page-1863057. Bryson L. James Student Research Competition winner’s information can be found at https://sna.org/page-1863061. In 2020, conference participants can look forward to more "cross-pollination” between the plant conference and research conference presentations. This means even more collaboration and synergies between all participants.

    The SNA Conference provides a platform for sponsors to engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level. Sponsorship packages for the 2020 SNA Conference will include all-access passes to the conference to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the two days of keynotes, plant conference and research conference sessions, and roundtables. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event.

    “Co-locating The SNA Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center two days before the opening of MANTS offers many advantages to the audience of both events,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “Participants have the convenience of attending the industry’s most widely-recognized conference for new plants and quality research plus attend one of the industry’s largest trade show,” she added.

    The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show or MANTS® is one of the industry’s largest trade shows and is sponsored by the state Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. MANTS information is available at www.mants.com or by calling 410-296-6959.

    More details of the 2020 SNA Conference will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, 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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  • 13 Feb 2019 1:51 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2019 Five students from four universities were presented cash awards totaling $1,800 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition held during the 63rd SNA Research Conference. The awards were presented on Tuesday, January 8, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., during The SNA Conference.

    The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, TN, a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for more than 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.

    First place winners of $500 each included:


    Jenny B. Ryals, Mississippi State University (Ph.D.)
    Title:  Soft and Semi-Hardwood Cutting Propagation of Shumaka™ Crape Myrtle

    Mary Lewis, University of Georgia (M.S.)
    Title:  Hybridization of Native Asclepias Species for the Creation of Novel Cultivars

    Second place winners of $300 each included:

    Lauren Garcia Chance, Clemson University (Ph.D.)
    Title:  South Carolina Irrigation Source Water Use and Concerns for the Specialty Crops Production Industry

    Ian Howard, University of Maryland (M.S.)
    Title:  Modifying Green Roof Substrates for Nutrient Retention in Urban Farming Systems
    Note:  Accepting for Ian Howard is John Lea-Cox.

    Third place winner of $200 included:

    Kaitlin Barrios, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
    Title:  Flurprimidol and Paclobutrazol Drench Applications Influence Growth of Helianthus simulans

    In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.

    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is the country's longest running woody ornamental research conference and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but its roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country.

    Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on the SNA website at www.sna.org. Proceedings from 1991 to present are available with 3,101 titles comprised of 12,184 pages. The 2019 SNA Research Conference Proceedings will be available soon on the SNA website at www.sna.org.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the 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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  • 13 Feb 2019 1:38 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    NEWLY-ELECTED PRESIDENT’S REMARKS

    Following is Joseph Napoli's remarks as SNA President at the SNA Annual Business Meeting on January 8, 2019.


    Joseph Napoli (right) fulfilled his first duty as SNA President by presenting Norman Cole (left) with the SNA President's Plaque and thanked him for his service before making his President's remarks as newly-elected SNA President.

    Newly-elected President Napoli said he wanted to tell three short stories about SNA:

    My first story begins when I moved to Athens, GA in 1984 from Florida. The first year I had a booth at SNA was 1985. I was so happy to have a booth at the SNA show, but I ended up in the back corner near the Alabama state line and felt like no one would ever find me. I stood there the first day waiting, and it wasn’t until the second day a man stopped by looking for Hosta and asked if I could ship them to him. I said certainly I can ship them to you. I had made a $300 sale and I thought that was incredible. I thought I was a captain of industry. I had spent $700 or $800 on the booth, a couple of hundred on the room and meals, When the man left my booth my wife asked me how I was going to ship the Hosta. I said I have no idea. I didn’t know how to ship plants. But then I remembered next door to my business is Classic Groundcovers and they certainly know how to ship plants. So, I carried my plants over to Classic and they boxed them up, and I was in the shipping business.

    My next story moves on to 1995 when one of the legends of our industry, Buck Jones, was the president of SNA that year. He came to my booth and talked to me and I was so overwhelmed that he was asking me questions. I realized then that one of the strengths of this industry is the free exchange of ideas from a person of more experience to a person less experienced (just like we had yesterday during the SNA Synergy Session). There are always ideas to share. Buck stood there and talked to me and never looked around to see anybody else. He made me feel like I was the most important person in the world. At that point I thought I would one day like to be in a position like. So the seed was planted and when we had shows in 2013 – 2015, even though I had just come on the board, I made a point to go to every booth at the show and talk to people and thank them for being there. I wanted each person to know that they were important and we valued them.

    My third and final story is in 2013, when I got a call from Danny Summers who said, Joe I would like to talk to you about being on the SNA board and I said, “Yes. I would like to very much. Thank you” Danny asked me if I needed to take some time to think about it. I said no Danny, I have been thinking about it for 20 years.

    So, I am so grateful to be elected to be SNA President. Thank you for confidence in me. This job is about hard work and service, and I know how to do both. If you have an event in your state and you think having the SNA President would be of benefit ask me to come, and I will come at my expense.

    And now I want to give you some background… I have developed customers over the years at the SNA show, but there are four customers that I have done business with for 15 to 20 years with sales between $10,000 and $20,000. If you average $15,000 a year in sales with four customers and multiply that you’ve got $60,000 and multiply that by 20 years you’re looking at more than a million dollars. Considering I invested $800 to a $1,000 on a booth for a few years… if Warren Buffet got a return like that, he would say I’m genius.

    There may be a cynic out there that may say we’re not having a show anymore so how is SNA helping me… I am so glad you asked! Last year I came to the SNA plant conference for the first time and I found four plants that I thought our customers would like and we could easily grow and we could do well with. Some of them started selling this fall and the rest are all booked for this spring. Those four plants will bring me about $10,000 in sales this spring. I bought my own ticket last year at $229 so I’ve done it again. I have a very minimal investment and a maximum profit. So, I have, like many of you, a big balance sheet with SNA. We have benefitted greatly. How do we give it back? One of the ways you can do it is when you renew your membership dues instead of just signing up as an active member at $125, consider being a silver member at $250. That’s like gaining a new member but with no additional costs. Or, consider being a gold member at $375. You can afford it. Everyone in this room can afford it. Or better yet, you can be like me and some others and be a platinum member at $500. When my membership is due for renewal and I write a check to SNA, I consider it an investment in the industry, the association and my business. I am happy to do it and I urge you all to do it.

    Thank you all for being here at The SNA Conference and this meeting. I have learned so much from so many people. When I first started in this business in Tampa, FL, I’d ask someone a question and they’d tell me, and I’d ask someone else and they’d tell me – but often something different. As we know, somewhere in the middle lies the answer.

    Again, thank you for electing me and for your confidence, and I look forward to serving as SNA president this year. And at the end of next year, after I have served a year, I hope to be the best president SNA has ever had. And at the end of two years, I would like to say that Rickey Minton was the best president SNA has ever had. And the year after that, I would like to say that Todd Ellefson was the best president SNA has ever had. And I will be rooting for them and supporting them in their efforts.

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  • 13 Feb 2019 1:23 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


    2019 SNA Board. Seated (left to right) Immediate Past President – Norman Cole, President – Joseph Napoli, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 3 – Rickey Minton. Standing (left to right) Director Chapter 2 – Marcus Cook, Director Chapter 1 –Matthew Shreckhise, Director Chapter 4 T–odd Ellefson, Executive Vice President – Karen Summers.

    Atlanta, Ga., February 13, 2019 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2019 term were elected during the 120th 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

    Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA, was elected president succeeding Norman Cole, III, Cole Nursery, Pipestem, WV.

    The complete slate of 2019 officers and directors is as follows:

    President
    Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA

    Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 3
    Rickey Minton, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    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

    Immediate Past President
    Norman Cole, III, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV

    Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA, elected to serve on the SNA Board of Directors in 2015 representing Chapter 2, was elected SNA President. Napoli, founder and conductor of The Athens Master Chorale (1989), holds music degrees from Florida State University and The University of South Florida. Napoli performed throughout North America with the Metropolitan Opera National Company during its inaugural 1965 season. He later taught public school for fourteen years in Tampa, Florida before moving to Athens, Georgia and establishing Athens Wholesale Nursery in 1984. Joe served as chairman of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) in 2003 and was awarded the GGIA Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional of the Year Award in 2004. He is a founding member of the Athens Georgia Nursery Growers Association. He served as the chairman for the Classic Center Authority in 2012. Joe has been a strong supporter of the SNA since he first exhibited in 1985. He also serves as Choir Director at St. Gregory The Great Episcopal Church in Athens. Joe says that blending gardening and music gives him balance and perspective in life. 

    In a moving acceptance speech, Napoli stated he feels he has a big balance sheet with SNA because the association has exposed him to so many business opportunities that have had a positive impact on his business. Through a minimal investment in membership dues and a booth at the SNA trade show, he has seen maximum profit. He said when he was asked to serve on the SNA Board in 2014, he did not hesitate for one moment. He was asked if he needed some time to think about it and he said, “No, I have thought about it for 20 years.” (Joseph Napoli’s full speech is available at www.sna.org/page-975977/7162788.)

    Joining the SNA Board this year is Marcus Cook, Owner, Marcus Cook Farms, Gray Court, SC. The business was founded in 1983 and consists of a wholesale B&B nursery, and a landscape and lawn maintenance company.

    Marty is a graduate of Anderson College. After college he managed Eastern Plant Food, a custom blend fertilizer plant and later was employed as a salesman for Seedsmen, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. Through his experiences with these two companies he returned home and diversified the family farm to include nursery plants and trees.

    Marty served on the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association board and was President in 2016 when the association merged with the South Carolina Landscape and Turfgrass Association to become South Carolina Green Industry Association. He has served on the Laurens Electric Cooperative Board, Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Board, Laurens County Water Resources Board, and the Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission. Marty was awarded the Small Business Person of the Year in 2005 by the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce.

    “This 2019 board represents a group of diverse industry leaders, all with excellent business skills that can be leveraged to the advantage of the SNA,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “Joe Napoli is a very unique individual and I am excited to see where this conductor will lead the SNA. We have a very energetic and talented board and I am very confident in their abilities to lead this 120-year-old association forward,” 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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