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  • 01 May 2014 2:58 PM | Danny Summers (Administrator)

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is reminding all horticulture students who are residents of the 16 southeastern states, application deadline for 2014 awards is May 30, 2014. The fund is expecting to award as much as $18,000 through $1,500 scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded July 23 during Southern Nursery Association’s SNA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Complete eligibility requirements and applications are available through the fund’s website at: or by calling the fund office.


    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation providing academic scholarships to students in the sixteen southeastern states. Since its inception, the fund has awarded $419,000 in scholarships and today the Fund’s balance is now over $800,000.


    For more information contact the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel 678-813-1880, Fax 678-813-1881,,

  • 08 Apr 2014 6:23 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Ronald Joseph "Ron" Kabool, 64, of Awendaw, SC, owner & operator of Lowcountry Nursery Company, died March 30, 2014 at his residence. 

    Mr. Kabool was born October 1, 1949, in Kingsport, TN, a son of Joseph S. Kabool and Hilda Olterman Kabool. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and was a Navy veteran of Vietnam. After serving in the Navy, he became actively involved in horticulture and eventually moved to Charleston where he has resided for the last 30 years. He was formerly a co-owner of Carolina Nurseries and was a co-founder of Acres of Discovery Child Developemnt Center. Mr. Kabool enjoyed fishing, boating, the ocean, and his horses, but most of all, he loved his work as a landscape artist. The family is very appreciative for all of Mr. Kabool's many wonderful friends and devoted employees. They would also like to express their appreciation to Amedisys Hospice for all of their help in his final days. Surviving are, his companion, Tammy J. Roberson of Moncks Corner; two daughters, Shelly West of Goose Creek and Claudia Roberson of Moncks Corner; three sisters, Robin K. Carter, Patty K. Rotenberry, and his twin sister, Connie K. McKinney all of Kingsport, TN; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society , Moncks Corner Relay For Life , 5900 Core Rd., Ste. 504, Charleston, SC 29406.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family via

  • 28 Mar 2014 6:17 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Robert Meyer Hollings, Jr., 63, of Mount Pleasant, died Friday, March 28, 2014. He was the husband of Karen Williams Hollings. Robbie was born in Charleston on November 2, 1950, the son of Mary Fernhout Hollings and Robert Meyer Hollings. He attended Charleston Day School, Porter-Gaud School, and graduated from Clemson University in 1973. Following his graduation, Robbie was a co-owner of Carolina Nurseries, one of the largest commercial nurseries in the eastern United States. In later years, Robbie became an agent for Carolina One Real Estate. 
    He was a member of The Charleston Top Producers' Club, Preservation Society of Charleston, Charleston Horticultural Society, Hibernian Society, South Carolina Society, Charleston Club and a past member of The City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals and The Town of Mount Pleasant Board of Zoning Appeals. 

    Robbie was a master gardener and loved "playing in the dirt." He would start and end each day in the garden that he so carefully and thoughtfully designed. Many referred to him as "Nature Man" and he considered it the utmost compliment. Robbie was passionate about being outdoors in the Lowcountry or in the mountains surrounding his family's home in Highlands, NC. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and traveling. He and his wife, Karen, recently enjoyed a "bucket list" trip of a lifetime on a guided rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with family and several friends. Robbie was known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor. He was a gentleman, a friend, a spirited soul, and devoted father. 

    Of all Robbie's life accomplishments, he was most proud of his children. Robbie loved and embraced their personalities, talents, and unique qualities. He was looking forward to welcoming his first grandchild. 

    Robbie is survived by his wife, Karen Williams Hollings; two children, Robert Meyer Hollings III (Stacey) of Charleston and Emily Hollings Carley (Paul) of Naperville, IL; three step-daughters, Kelly Lesser Espinoza (Joaquin) of Washington, DC, Marianne Lesser of Mount Pleasant, and Katie Lesser of Charleston; brother, Peter F. Hollings (Mary) of Walterboro; two sisters, Julie Hollings Bower of Charleston and Pamela Hollings McConnell (Bright) of McClellanville; uncle, Senator Ernest F. Hollings of Isle of Palms; two aunts, Barbara Hollings Siegling of Charleston and Marie Hollings Epps of Fountain Inn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his "adopted son", Edward Polekhin of Kiev, Ukraine. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charleston Horticultural Society, 46 Windermere Blvd. Charleston, SC, 29407.
  • 03 Feb 2014 9:21 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Alexander Family and Simpson Nurseries

    Last week's winter storm that hit the Southeast unleashed drenching rain, debilitating ice and snow, stranded motorists, and shut down some parts of the area for days. But even worse, there were at least a dozen deaths been blamed on the storm including Donald Alexander of Bainbridge, GA, a 49-yr-old truck driver for Simpson Nurseries of Monticello, FL. Donald was on his way to Mobile, AL to deliver the Simpson Nurseries booth at the Gulf States Horticultural Expo on Tuesday night traveling on I-10 where a multi-vehicle accident occurred on the Blackwater River Bridge in Milton and caused him to loose control of his 18-wheeler and crash into the river.

    Simpson Nurseries has created a memorial fund in honor of Mr. Alexander and to assist his wife and children he leaves behind. Please see the details below.


    Hello from a somber Simpson Nurseries,

    We have received a large number of requests for information on where to send donations for our truck driver Donald Alexander that was tragically killed Tuesday night on his way to deliver Samples to the GSHE show.

    We have setup a memorial fund to help Donald’s wife and 2 children.

    Please send donations to:

    Simpson Nurseries Memorial Fund in honor of Donald Alexander
    PO Box 160
    Monticello, FL 32345

    Donald was 49 years old and had been a dedicated employee and always had a great attitude in any job that was asked of him. I think many of you might have met him through the years. He will be missed by all.

    Please keep Donald and his family in your prayers.


    The Simpson Nurseries Team
  • 07 Jan 2014 2:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The SNA Research Conference has enjoyed over 50 years of success. This success can be attributed to the enthusiastic support of the conference by the nursery industry and university research and extension professionals. 

    An integral part of the conference is the role of Section Editors. These individuals receive initial manuscript submissions to the conference, review them for appropriateness and editorial quality, and coordinate final submissions with authors. To provide continuity in the research conference, Section Editors serve SNA in three-year terms. In addition to providing a needed service to the SNA, being a section editor keeps you abreast of the latest research in your field and provides the opportunity to enhance your professional network. 


    We are currently seeking section editors in the topic areas listed below. Please consider serving as an editor. If you would like to volunteer your services, have questions concerning an editor’s role, or questions about the SNA Research Conference, please contact SNA ( or Nick Gawel (  


    Section Editors are needed for:


    Container Grown Plant Production

    Economics and Marketing

    Engineering, Structures and Innovations


    Field Production


    Growth Regulators 


    Plant Breeding and Evaluation


    Weed Control

    The 59th Annual SNA Research Conference will be held July 22 - 23, 2014 in conjunction with SNA 2014 at the Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, GA. For more details on the conference visit the SNA website at or CLICK HERE.
  • 07 Jan 2014 10:57 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Frances Panter Hobbs
    January 29, 1925 - January 5, 2014

    McMinnville, TN resident and Warren County, TN native Sarah Frances Panter Hobbs, age 88, was born January 29, 1925 and died January 5, 2014 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN following a brief illness.

    Mrs. Hobbs was the co-founder of Warren County Nursery and bookkeeper for 63 years. She was named Tennessee Nurseryman Association's honorary life-time member. She was an avid bowler and member of the Gold and Silver League, and was also named as a Woman of Achievement in 2006. She was a life-time member of the Hebron Church of Christ.

    Mrs. Hobbs was the daughter of the late Art and Alma Clendenon Panter. She was married June 29, 1946 to Leslie Richard Hobbs who preceded her in death July 19, 2003. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Lovisia Harris and Billy Panter.

    She is survived by five children and their spouses, Richard and Kaye Hobbs, Michael and Margaret Hobbs, Phillip and Denny Hobbs, Jeffery and Tina Hobbs, and Elaine and Steve Wade all of McMinnville; fourteen grandchildren and spouses, Ricky Hobbs, Chris and Desiree Hobbs, Brandie and Mike Mansfield, Kristy and Mark Wright, Ashley and Adam Barnes, Jennifer Hobbs, Kyle Hobbs, Jason Hobbs, Derek and Ashley Hobbs, Emily and Davey Britton, Megan and Jon Paz, Travis Hoover, Grant Hoover, and Noah Hoover; ten great-grandchildren, Trey Hobbs and wife Shelby, Chance Hobbs, Mia Hobbs, Carter Mansfield, Lauren Mansfield, Ian Barnes, Elliot Barnes, Natalie Hobbs, Alec Hobbs and Felicity Buttram; great-great-granddaughter, Keleigh Hobbs; sister, Jo Eva Davis of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Willie Mae Carr of Altamont, TN; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

    Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Hebron Church of Christ with Chris Perry and Wayne Cantrell officiating. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Thursday at High's.

    Memorial donations may be made to Hebron Cemetery Fund, Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association or the American Diabetes Association.
  • 02 Jan 2014 9:33 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    After some weakness in mid-2013 the homebuilding recovery now seems to be back on track.
    According to USA Today, housing starts rose almost 23% in November 2013, their highest level in more than five years and further demonstrating the housing market's growing strength. 

    This is not necessarily a national resurgence as various markets came out of the housing recession earlier while others still lag behind. One such area is the Atlanta housing market which has shown a slower recovery than markets such as Austin, Houston, and Phoenix. According to Metrostudy’s proprietary “boots on the ground” third quarter 2013 field research, Atlanta new home starts increased by 76% annually, and closings were up by 37% in 2013. Third quarter quarterly starts were up by 71% year over year and even increased above last quarter by 10%. Quarterly new home closings were up by 46% year over year and jumped above the previous quarters closings by 19%.

    David Ellis, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association
    says, "While the final numbers for single family home starts in 2013 are not yet in, it is expected to be nearly 14,000 units, up from 8,000 in 2012. Projections for 2014 are in the 18,000 to 22,000 range. Right now, our builder members are having a hard time keeping up with the demand," he added. Ellis explained that with the increase in home starts there are several challenges builders are facing to get their operations going. Unlike pre-recession times, contractors are not building spec homes. It is a build-on-demand environment due to bank funding and building loan restrictions as well as avoiding an over supply of inventory. In addition, they are dealing with a diminished number of sub-contractors, laborers and suppliers.

    So what does this mean for the our industry? With this housing market resurgence the nursery industry is certain to see a resurgence as well. However, trends seen in the housing industry normally impact our industry 12 to 18 months downstream. 

    Dr. Charlie Hall, industry economist, poses the questions that just because some economic indicators are back to where they were before the recession, it that necessarily a good thing? Well it depends. In his Charlie's Angle Season 3 session titled "Look Out for the Pothole" he shares his perspective and suggestions for positioning your business for the expected "pothole" in the road ahead. Although some adjustments (or corrections) are predicted mid-year 2014, he says it will be nowhere near the downturn we saw during the Great Recession. This correction will mainly stem from the drawdown anticipated by the Federal Reserve who is currently injecting 85 billion dollars a month into the economy - a big shot in the arm. Hall suggests that around 2018 or 2019 when they begin drawing this economic support back we may see the next sizable recession, but in the interim we will see modest growth. For a look at this informative video go to

    Housing Growth Reports and Resources

    USA Today
    Nov. housing starts highest since Feb. 2008
    Housing starts rose almost 23% last month, touching their highest level in more than five years and further demonstrating the housing market's growing strength. Housing starts hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million undefined topping October's revised estimate of 889,000 undefined and rising about 30% from the year before, the Commerce Department reported. November's rate was the highest since February 2008 and marked only the second month in the past four years that the annual rate cracked the 1 million mark. Single-family home starts reached their highest level since March 2008 at 727,000 undefined still far below normal undefined but up almost 21% above the revised October figure. READ MORE

    U.S. housing starts surged to their highest in nearly six years in November
    U.S. housing starts surged to their highest in nearly six years in November, a sign of strength in the economy that underscores the Federal Reserve's decision to start cutting back its monthly bond purchases. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday housing starts jumped 22.7 percent, the biggest increase since January 1990, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million units. That was the highest level since February 2008. READ MORE

    November Housing Starts Up 22.7% To Five-Year High
    Groundbreaking on new homes was 26.9% higher in November than one year earlier, and 22.7% higher than in October, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday, indicating that the housing market continues to recover. READ MORE

    Wall Street Journal
    US Housing Starts Up 22.7% in November
    A key gauge of home construction surged in November to its highest level in nearly six years, the latest sign of renewed momentum in the sector's recovery. U.S. housing starts rose 22.7% from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,091,000 in November, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That was higher than the 952,000 forecast by economists and brought the average pace of starts for the past three months to 951,000. READ MORE

    BuildingOnline eUpdate
    Overall Housing Starts Jump 23 Percent in November
    Privately-owned housing starts in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,091,000, according to numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The figure is 22.7 percent above the revised October estimate of 889,000 and is 29.6 percent above the November 2012 rate of 842,000. Single-family housing starts in November were at a rate of 727,000; this is 20.8 percent above the revised October figure of 602,000. The November rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 354,000. READ MORE

    MetroStudyReport - Atlanta Market
    The Atlanta New Home Market Continues to Accelerate
    The temporary Federal government shutdown will prevent September employment figures from being released until November 21st but as of August, Atlanta employment grew by 57,100 new positions year over year (up 2.4%) and currently ranks as the fifth best MSA in the country in terms of annual employment gains. The biggest gains were in the construction sector, up a whopping 9.2%! “It’s no surprise that construction jobs jumped by such a large percentage since new home construction starts rose significantly as well, up 71% in the third quarter compared to the same period one year ago,” said Eugene James, Regional Director for Metrostudy, a national housing intelligence and consulting firm that maintains the most extensive primary database on residential construction in the US housing market. READ MORE

  • 02 Jan 2014 7:38 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    USPS Rolls Out Increases This Month. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the governing body that approves U.S. Postal Service rate increases, has approved a special "exigent" rate increase for USPS market dominant products. When the new Postal Service Shipping Services prices take effect, customers will see an overall price increase of 2.4 percent. How will these new rate increases impact your business?

    Market dominant products include First Class Mail letters, First Class Mail flats/large envelopes, postcards, Standard Mail (bulk mail), periodicals, Media Mail and Library Mail. Don't miss the discount for METERED mail.

    2014 USPS Postage Rates
    Market Dominant Mail Classes

     MAILPIECE  2013  2014  CHANGE
     First Class Mail - 1 oz. letter  $  0.46  $  0.49  $ 0.03
     First Class Mail - 1 oz. letter
     Printed from Online Postage/Meter
      N/A  $ 0.48  NEW!
     First Class Mail - Letters
     Additional Ounces
     $ 0.20  $ 0.21  $ 0.01
     Postcards  $ 0.33  $ 0.34  $ 0.01
     First Class Mail - Flat/Large Envelope
     $ 0.92  $ 0.98  $ 0.06
     First Class Mail - Flat/Large Envelope
     Additional Ounces
     $ 0.20  $ 0.21  $ 0.01
     Media Mail  - 1 lb.  Starts at $2.53  Starts at $2.69  $ 0.16
     Library Mail - 1 lb.  Starts at $2.40  Starts at $2.56  $ 0.16
     First Class Mail International - 1 oz. letter  $1.10  $1.15  $ 0.05

    The new rates will go into effect on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

    For more details of the increase see the article on website or CLICK HERE.

    For direct USPS announcement CLICK HERE.
  • 01 Jan 2014 7:32 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    For the green industry, the new year gets off to a busy start as the winter trade show circuit begins at National Green Centre on January 5 - 6 in Kansas City, MO and ends at SCHI on February 5 - 7 in Myrtle Beach, SC. With ten shows over a five week period within the SNA region, it's a fast track that leads us into the spring season.

    Winter Trade Shows Quick View:

     State    Event  Location
     MO  JAN 05-06  National Green Centre  Kansas City, MO
     MD/VA/WV  JAN 08-10  MANTS  Baltimore, MD
     NC  JAN 13-17  Green & Growin' Show  Greensboro, NC
     TN  JAN 17-18  Tennessee Green Industry Expo  Nashville, TN
     AR  JAN 22-23  PLANTS 2014  Hot Springs, AR
     GA  JAN 22-24  WinterGreen 2014  Duluth, GA
     FL  JAN 22-24  TPIE  Ft. Lauderdale, FL
     KY  JAN 23-24  Kentucky Landscape Industries Expo  Louisville, KY
     AL/LA/MS  JAN 29-31  Gulf States Horticultural Expo  Mobile, AL
     SC  FEB 05-07  SCHI Trade Show & Seminars  Myrtle Beach, SC

    With housing and general market conditions showing improvement this new year will be a year of rebound. Will there be a plant supply shortage in 2014 as predicted by some industry experts? Only time will tell, but there will certainly be some market correction along the way.

    For a complete list of state events see the Industry Events link on the SNA website home page. If you're attending GGIA's WinterGreen 2014, scheduled for January 23-24 in Duluth, GA, or the Gulf State Horticultural Expo, scheduled for January 30-31 in Mobile, AL, be sure to stop by the SNA booth. We hope to see you somewhere along the trail!
  • 20 Nov 2013 9:28 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, were presented to:

    Jared Barnes – North Carolina State University

    Jamie Felipe – Auburn University

    Lauren Gragg – North Carolina State University

    Laura Kaderabek – North Carolina State University

    Daniel Leonard – University of Florida at Milton (Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship)

    Julienne NeSmith – University of Florida

    David Roberts – North Carolina State University (Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship)

    James Rockwell – Virginia Tech (Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship)

    Andrew Scruggs – North Carolina State University

    Kimberly Shearer - North Carolina State University

    Kevin Trostel – Middle Tennessee State University

    Sanford Wooten – North Carolina State University

    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 pool of nearly 30 well-qualified applicants.

    “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. “These scholarship awards will help lighten their financial load as they pursue their careers and I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he added.

    To date, a total of $437,500 has been awarded since the fund was established. The fund’s current assets are now more than $800,000. Seven named funds have been pledged: the Carolina Weed Science Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell 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 begin or continue 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 in sixteen southeastern states – 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, 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.

    Applications for 2014 scholarships will be available on the fund’s website ( in early January. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.

    More information on the 2013 scholarship recipients can be found at For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund forward your inquiry to PO Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.813.1880, or visit

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