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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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  • 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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