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  • 20 Oct 2017 9:42 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    A Remarkable Lineup of Visionary Authors, Breeders, Geneticists, Horticulturalists, Professors and World Travelers Will Provide a Glimpse of New Plants Coming to Market at the Southern Plant Conference

    Atlanta, Ga., October 20, 2017 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced final details of The 15th Southern Plant Conference to be held in conjunction with The SNA Conference, co-locating with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in 2018. Both events will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center with The SNA Conference preceding MANTS on Monday and Tuesday, January 8-9, 2018. MANTS will take place on Wednesday, January 10 – Friday, January 12.

    Following in the steps of Dr. Michael Dirr and Don Shadow, Dr. Richard Olsen (chair) and Dr. Thomas Molnar (co-chair) have pulled together a truly remarkable lineup of speakers for the 2018 Southern Plant Conference. Twelve top plant experts from across the country, the Channel Islands, and the Netherlands, will share their knowledge and expertise during this two-day conference. The impressive lineup includes:

    Shannon Currey, Director of Sales – Hoffman Nursery, Rougemont, NC
    A New Perspective with Green Infrastructure

    Raymond J. Evison, OBE – The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd and Raymond J. Evison Ltd, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GB
    Clematis for Today's Gardens

    Heidi Hesselein, Vice President – Pleasant Run Nursery, Allentown, NJ
    New and Classic Ornamentals for Eastern Landscapes

    Hayes Jackson, Regional Extension Agent – Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Anniston, AL and Director – Longleaf Botanical Gardens, Anniston, AL
    Pushing the Limits to Expand Your Plant Palette

    Mark Krautman, Owner – Heritage Seedling, Salem, OR
    Opportunities to Unite Plant Geeks and Conservationists

    Brent Markus, Owner – Rare Tree Nursery, Silverton, OR
    Conifers and Maples from the West Coast to the East Coast

    Bill McLaughlin, Curator of Plants – U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
    Beyond Echinacea:  Native Plants Awaiting our Attention, Breeding and Selection

    Dr. Richard Olsen, Director – U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
    The Legacy of Plants and People and the Future of New Plants

    Kim Shearer, Tree and Shrub Breeder and Manager of New Plant Development Program – The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
    Chicagoland Grows® a Greener World

    Rupert Spaargaren – W.J. Spaargaren, BV, Boskoop, Holland
    European Trends Can Change the Nursery Industry

    Angela Treadwell-Palmer, Co-Owner – Plants Nouveau, West Newbury, MA
    The Challenges of Bringing New Plants to Market

    Paul Westervelt, Annual & Perennial Production Manager –
    Saunders Brothers Nursery, Piney River, VA
    The New Perennial Movement and Why It Matters

    This year’s Southern Plant Conference is integrated with the SNA Research Conference as a part of The SNA Conference with a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, and develop new insights and solutions. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The 15th Southern Plant Conference, The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and participant-driven roundtable discussions. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with the 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting.

    The Southern Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market. Fast-paced sessions will boast the best and the hottest new plant varieties, and provide a unique opportunity to discover a vast array of new plants, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit, and the most interesting flower or foliage.

    The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. Top researchers and educational leaders, from across the country, will participate throughout the event. This two-day conference, which began in 1956, is held annually and is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference, long recognized for quality research. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each.

    The Don Shadow Award of Excellence, named for the first recipient, Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, will be presented at the Southern Plant Conference to an individual, corporation or organization that has provided exemplary service, leadership and generosity in the development, promotion and use of new and improved landscape plants. Recipients must demonstrate a sincere commitment to and passion for expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape.

    Conference registration is $279 (Non-Member), $229 (SNA Members), $179 (Educator/Student) and includes access to the SNA Conference, the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and roundtable discussions on Monday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 9. In addition, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks are included both days. The conference schedule and activities, speaker bios, session titles and descriptions, and registration information can be found on the SNA website at www.sna.org.

    All conference participants are encouraged to attend MANTS on Wednesday, January 10 – Friday, January 12. MANTS registration is separate from The SNA Conference registration. Hotel reservations for The SNA Conference should be booked through the MANTS 2018 room block to take advantage of their special rates. MANTS registration and hotel information can be found at www.sna.org/page-1559477.

    The Baltimore Convention Center is conveniently located close to public transportation for easy access by MARC Train or Baltimore's Lightrail to and from the Baltimore International Airport (BWI). Baltimore's Penn Station is a short 7minute drive while BWI Airport is only 20 minutes by car. For more more details on the Baltimore Convention Center visit www.bccenter.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.

    The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show or MANTS®, widely known as The Masterpiece of Trade Shows™, was incorporated in Maryland early in 1970. The show 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.

    A complete schedule, speaker profiles, registration, and SNA Conference details can be found 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.

  • 06 Oct 2017 3:56 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA, October 6, 2017 – The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has announced the names of twelve students from seven southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. Five of the awards are named scholarships honoring past industry leaders. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, has been presented to the following excelling scholars:

    Ruqayah Hamida Bhuiyan, University of Georgia - Arthur A. "Buck" Jones Scholarship
    Crystal Jones Conner, University of Florida
    Michael John Del Valle, Jr., University of Georgia - Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship
    Bethany Allison Harris, University of Georgia
    Susan M. Hawkins, University of Georgia
    Kaylee Elizabeth Ites, Texas A&M University - Lee C. Howell Scholarship
    Shea Alexandria Keene, University of Florida
    Isaac Barak Luhrs, University of Tennessee
    Juan Moscoso, University of Arkansas - Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship
    Ariana Rhiannon Newton, West Virginia University
    Raymond Odeh, University of Florida
    James Turner Smith, North Carolina State University - Art & Mille Lancaster Scholarship

    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 applications. Of the twelve students, six are graduate students and six under graduate.

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

    “We continue to hear from recipients how important these awards are in reducing their financial stress allowing them the ability to concentrate more on their studies. I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry. 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 $504,000 since the fund was established in 1989. The fund’s current assets are now more than $870,000. Seven named funds have been pledged: 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 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 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 2018 scholarships is now available online. 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.

  • 15 Aug 2017 4:45 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., August 15, 2017 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the release of a new responsive website designed to provide an optimal viewing experience for easy reading and navigation across a wide range of devices (desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones).

    The new site (www.sna.org) features a broad range of information – membership, news and information, industry events, state association links, the SNA Research Proceedings (1991 to present), the SNA Career Network job listings, blog posts, discussion forums, and more. In addition, the new site features a global search that can find any page with the information for which you may be looking. This enhancement is a great time-saving tool, especially when searching the 3,079 titles or 12,074 pages of the SNA Research Conference Proceedings, or the 176 pages of the Best Management Practices:  Guide for Producing Nursery Crops.

    Due to the platform structure of the SNA Membership Directory these pages are not searchable in the Google global site search. A featured SNA Membership Directory is provided to help you locate an SNA Member or their products.

    The Member's Only pages feature 15 discussion forums plus the SNA Disaster Forum designed to assist in communicating weather conditions, supply, service and labor needs during a time of national disaster. SNA Members are can subscribe to the forums once logged in to the SNA website and accessing the Member’s Only area.

    If you would like more information on the features of the SNA website or assistance with logging in, contact the SNA office at 678.809.9992 or send an email to mail@sna.org.

  • 14 Aug 2017 11:37 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    NextGen Steps in at The Southern Plant Conference
    Dr. Richard Olsen and Dr. Thomas Molnar to take the lead in 2018 
    as chair and co-chair, respectively.

       


    Atlanta, Ga., August 14, 2017 –
    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced that Dr. Richard Olsen, U.S. National Arboretum Director, and Dr. Thomas Molnar, Rutgers University Associate Professor, will take the lead with The Southern Plant Conference for 2018 as chair and co-chair, respectively. Olsen and Molnar follow in the footsteps of Dr. Michael Dirr and Don Shadow, two world-renown plantsmen who have been the driving forces behind the conference and its programming for many years.

    Dr. Michael Dirr, retired University of Georgia professor, author and plant breeder, was instrumental in the development of the conference in 1989, when the first Southern Plant Conference was held in Athens, Ga. In 1993, Don Shadow, retired fourth-generation nurseryman highly recognized both as an expert horticulturist and for his success in saving endangered animal species, became involved in the conference. Their vision for The Southern Plant Conference was to effectively increase communications of new plant varieties and decrease the average time needed to bring them to market. Their commitment and tireless effort helped mold The Southern Plant Conference into a very unique and popular industry event.

    The conference began as a biennial event that rotated throughout the SNA region. Beginning in 2013, with the rebound of the SNA marketplace, The Southern Plant Conference has been held annually during the event. As SNA sets new directions for the association and will no longer have a trade show, The Southern Plant Conference will be an integral part of the new SNA Conference along with The SNA Research Conference. In 2018, for the first time, the conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center, January 8 - 9, two days prior to MANTS (January 10 - 12).

    Moving forward, it seems an appropriate time for the next generation of plantsmen to take the lead in the conference and its evolution. Dr. Richard Olsen's early education has roots in the SNA Research Conference and its student competition. He was also a Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Award recipient in 1996 (NCSU) and 2000 (UGA).

    Dr. Olsen has served as the Director of the USDA-ARS United States National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC, since May 3, 2015. Prior to that position, he was a Research Geneticist and Lead Scientist in the Floral and Nursery Plant Research Unit (FNPRU) at the USNA. He served as Acting Director of the USNA in 2014 and as Acting Assistant Director of the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

    Dr. Olsen has a Bachelor of Science degree in landscape design (NC State University), a master degree in horticulture (University of Georgia) and a doctorate in horticultural science (NC State University). He joined the USDA-ARS in 2006 as a research geneticist for the urban tree breeding program at the FNPRU. He reinvigorated the USNA’s urban tree program and developed new woody ornamental breeding projects utilizing genetic tools such as ploidy manipulation and interspecific and intergeneric breeding strategies. His research has focused on the development of superior landscape trees with pest and disease resistances combined with non-invasiveness. Dr. Olsen provided scientific leadership for the USNA germplasm program that led to unifying collection and curation efforts within the Woody Landscape Plant Germplasm Repository and subsequent germplasm characterization in the program. He is a recognized international leader in the public garden arena, providing his scientific expertise and practical knowledge to multiple national and international arboreta, urban forestry groups, and professional associations.

    Thomas Molnar received his PhD from Rutgers University in 2006. As Associate Professor in the Plant Biology Department of the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (New Brunswick, NJ), his research program concentrates on the genetic improvement and study of hazelnuts (Corylus) and big-bracted dogwoods (Cornus). Part of this work includes germplasm exploration, collection, and evaluation.

    Dr. Molnar joined the Rutgers University Department of Plant Biology and Pathology in 2004 and soon began working alongside Dr. Elwin Orton, creator of the Stellar series of dogwoods, conducting research for the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). His main focus is breeding plants for improved qualities. Dr. Molnar is proud to carry on the legacy of Dr. Orton and conduct valuable research at Rutgers University where a major aspect of his current research is developing and characterizing genetic resistance to eastern filbert blight, a fungal disease that is the primary limiting factor of hazelnut production in the eastern North America. Breeding objectives in both woody ornamentals and hazelnuts emphasize selection for high levels of disease and pest resistance and cold hardiness.

    The Southern Plant Conference provides the perfect platform for plant enthusiasts alike (explorers, breeders, growers, landscapers and retailers) to come together for a glimpse at exciting new plants varieties with market potential. Fast-paced sessions highlight the best and hottest new plant varieties coming to market, and provide a unique opportunity to discover new production techniques. Presenters will share a vast array of new plants, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit, and the most interesting flower or foliage.

    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.

    Details of The Southern Plant Conference, including schedule, speaker information, and registration will be available after September 1.

    For more information on The Southern Plant Conference or the SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website atwww.sna.org.

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  • 22 Jun 2017 9:13 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Christopher James Sexton, age 49, passed away on June 19, 2017. He was the beloved son of Randall and Selma Sexton. 

    Chris was a graduate of Westside High School. He also was a graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1990, where he was the senior class president and the recipient of the John O. Wilson Ring. 

    During his career he was a successful banker and later went into sales. He led the group that built Fafard to $100 million dollars. He led a $30 million dollar business group and did post graduate studies in France. His charm and magnetic personality touched many lives. He was a member of NewSpring and had just recently re-dedicated his life to the Lord.

    He was a beloved brother to Randy (Beth) Sexton. He was a beloved father to Kalli (Logan) Queen, Cameron Sexton and Caroline Sexton. He dearly loved his family. He was formerly married for 24 years to Trina Sexton Sherman. All who knew him loved him.

    The memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, June 23, 2017 at The McDougald Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tom Haren and Pastor Brady Smith officiating. Scott Moore and Lee Orvin will also be taking part in the service for Chris.

    The families will be at their respective homes and will receive friends from 11:00 am – 12:30pm on Friday at the funeral home – McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 
    2211 North Main Street, Anderson, SC, 29621.

    Memorials can be made to the Lee Selzer Memorial Scholarship at the Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 39409. Make checks payable to The Citadel Foundation. Donations can also be made online at https://foundation.citadel.edu/page.aspx?pid=422.

    A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com 

    To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Christopher James Sexton please visit the McDougald Funeral Home Sympathy Store.

  • 14 Jun 2017 10:46 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA to Collocate with MANTS

    SNA Conference Scheduled for January 8 - 9, 2018 in Baltimore, MD

    Atlanta, Ga., June 16, 2017 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans to collocate The SNA Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in 2018. Under this new arrangement, both events will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center with The SNA Conference preceding MANTS on Monday and Tuesday, January 8-9, 2018. MANTS will take place on Wednesday, January 10 – Friday, January 12.

    Transforming from a traditional trade show format, The SNA Conference will have a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, and develop new insights and solutions. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The 16th Southern Plant Conference, The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and participant-driven roundtable discussions. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting. 

    “There is crossover appeal for participants of both events and this collocation will bring value and potential new business opportunities for both audiences,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “And, since SNA will no longer have a trade show, collocating with MANTS offers our participants the convenience of attending MANTS and also allows researchers and students participating in the SNA Research Conference to experience our industry’s largest trade show. The SNA has always supported the state associations within our region and their events, and what better way to support the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia than to bring our event to their trade show. I am excited about the possibilities, and confident this will create new synergies for everyone involved,” she added.

    Dusty Knight, SNA President, said, “We are excited to start this new chapter in the SNA and look forward to exposing the conference to more people. We would like to thanks MANTS for this opportunity and look forward to being in Baltimore in January.”

    MANTS Executive Vice President, Vanessa Finney, added, “We welcome the addition of one of the industry’s best known plant and research conferences prior to MANTS as it will be a great benefit to attendees of both events.”

    The Southern Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and offer a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. These top researchers, from across the country, will participate throughout the event.

    Sponsorship packages will include all-access passes to The SNA Conference to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the two days of keynotes, roundtables and plant conference sessions to create meaningful business relationships without time constraints. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event. The SNA Conference will provide a platform to communicate, demonstrate, train or simply engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level.

    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 Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show or MANTS®, widely known as The Masterpiece of Trade Shows™, was incorporated in Maryland early in 1970. The show 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 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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  • 02 Jun 2017 1:57 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    John B. Wight, Jr. Passes Away

    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Wight Family


    Longtime industry member John B. Wight, Jr., of Cairo, Georgia, died Thursday, June 1, 2017.  John served as president of Wight Nurseries for more than 20  years. Throughout his career, he served as president of the Georgia Nurserymen's Association, director and governor of the American Association of Nurserymen and received SNA's most prestigious award, the Slater Wight Memorial Award – named after his uncle, the late J. Slater Wight. His obituary and memorial service details follow:

    John Byron Wight, Jr., 87, devoted husband, father and friend, died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 1, 2017. John, or “Johnny” as he was affectionately known by so many, was born on June 13, 1929 at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville. His parents were Elizabeth Allen “Lib” Wight and John Byron Wight, Sr. of Cairo, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 67 years, Elizabeth VanLandingham “Beth” Wight, his five daughters Mary Wight of Mandeville, LA, Sally Murphy (George) of Atlanta, GA, Gretchen McKenzie (Tom) of Jacksonville, FL, Elizabeth Quirk (Neal) of Atlanta, GA, Louise Murphy (Rob) of Tallahassee, FL and his sister, Elizabeth Wight Herbert of Tallahassee, FL. John was blessed with fourteen grandchildren: Todd Ellefson (Stacy), David McKenzie (Anna), Elizabeth Mairs (Jeremy), Wight Murphy, Georgia Murphy, Neal Quirk, John Quirk, Joe Quirk, Elizabeth Quirk, Cullen Byrne (Allyse), Ashley Byrne, William Byrne (Megan), Sarah Murphy and Brian Murphy and ten great grandchildren, all of whom he deeply loved.

    John was a 1946 graduate of Cairo High School. He attended Emory University in Atlanta where he received his BBA in Marketing in 1950. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduation, he married Elizabeth VanLandingham and served in the United States Air Force at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas until December of 1954. Afterwards, John returned to Cairo to join Wight Nurseries, the family business, where he had been working since the age of ten. He worked at the Nursery from 1955 until his retirement in 1989. John served as President of Wight Nurseries from 1967-1989, and the nursery became one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the United States.

    John’s civic and organization service included six years as the Director of the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN), a number of terms as an AAN governor, President of the Georgia Nurserymen’s Association from 1963-64, President of the Big Bend Nurserymen’s Association in 1965, member of the National Arboretum Advisory Council from 1971-1978, and President of the American Association of Nurserymen for the 1980-81 year.

    In 1979, John received the Slater Wight Award (named after his uncle) from the Southern Nurserymen’s Association, that Association’s most prestigious award, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the American Association of Nurserymen in 1998.

    In addition to his many years of dedication and service in the Nursery industry, John was very active in his community. He served as Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Grady County (FNB) from 1978 to 2000. After FNB merged with Capital City Bank Group in 2000, John was on the Board of CCBG, and remained involved at Capital City Bank of Cairo until recently. He was elected Grady County Citizen of the Year in 1981. He was Chairman of the Regional Community Center of Cairo, President of the Rotary Club and of the Chamber of Commerce. He served on the First Methodist Church of Cairo Board, and the Board of Trustees of Archbold Hospital. He was Chairman of the Roddenbery Memorial Library, and served on the Board of Trustees of Thomas University. In 2008, Thomas University presented him with the William Cameron Forbes Award in recognition to his support and lifelong contributions to education.

    Throughout his wonderful life, John served with great energy, humility and gratitude. Along the way he became a trusted and endeared friend to many. It was said of John, if he liked you, he loved you. In business, he sought to follow the Golden Rule, which he believed would make each transaction a win/win.

    Whether at the beach, in the garden he shared with Beth, in the woods, or the NC Mountains, he was an avid outdoorsman. John loved salt and fresh water fishing, hunting, and golfing – especially in the company of family and friends. He was a founding member of the Romeos and sailed in the Beachton Yacht Club.

    Memorial services will be held at Cairo First United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation afterwards in the FUMC Fellowship Hall.

    Memorials may be made in Mr. Wight’s memory to: Archbold Foundation, Attention, Vann Middleton, (designate Hospice of Southwest Georgia), 910 South Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792; or Cairo First United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828.

    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Johnny Wight. We are thankful for the support he gave to this association and our industry for so many years.

  • 01 May 2017 3:50 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    McMinnville resident and Florence, AL native Bryson Lemoine James, Ph.D. was born September 12, 1930 and died April 29, 2017 at St. Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, TN following an extended illness.

    Bryson received his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Auburn University (then A.P.I.) in 1951 and, after completing military service in the U.S. Air Force, went on to earn master’s (1956) and Ph.D. (1959) degrees at The Ohio State University.

    Dr. James was a former Professor of Horticulture at the University of North Carolina, former Director of Horticultural Research at the University of Florida and after moving to McMinnville, he became a Consulting Horticulturist with the nursery industry and many other clients. He served as Director of Horticultural Research for the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) for 37 years (1972 - 2008). During this time he coordinated the annual SNA Research Conference and edited the proceedings. He was active in the conference (from its beginning in 1958) for 50 years. The annual Dr. Bryson L. James Student Research Competition was named in honor of his service to this important program.

    In 1969, he received the SNA Slater Wright Memorial Award, the highest recognition given to nursery professionals in the South. He was awarded an Honorary SNA Membership in 2004. James was named the Florida Nurserymen Women’s Auxiliary Man of the Year in 1973 and, the following year, was also honored by the Florida Nursery and Growers Association for outstanding contributions to horticulture.

    James was also a longtime participant and Fellow in the International Plant Propagator’s Society southern region. In 1993, he was awarded the Society’s highest honor—the Sidney Meadows Award of Merit. He was also a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Weed Science Society of America, and the American Horticultural Society. In 2004, Bryson was inducted into the Auburn University Hall of Honor – with the sole purpose to bestowing honor and recognition upon living Alabamians who have made significant contributions to the state’s agricultural industry.

    Bryson was the son of the late Edward Newman and Ira Belle Denton James and a member of Christ Family Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Marie James and brother, Edward Ira James.

    Dr. James was married July 6, 1991 to Frances Pedigo James of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Edward Michael (Miriam) James of Gettysburg, PA; three step-daughters, Deborah (Ernest) Frankenberg and Cynthia Preston both of McMinnville and Gerlinde (Collier) Rogers of Rock Island, TN; step-grandson, Michael (Talitha) Oettinger, Jr. of Murfreesboro, TN; two step-great-grandchildren, Lucy and Berean Oettinger; three brothers, Dr. Jesse Clopton (Barbara) James of Huntsville, AL, Malcolm Wallace (Jean) James of Byron, GA and Graham Farris (Clara) James of Cypress Inn, TN; sister, Vera James Holt of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-law, Pauline James; Byron, GA and several nieces and nephews.

    Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in High's Chapel (101 North College St, McMinnville, TN 37110) with Charlie Parkerson, Danny Summers and Christopher Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, May 1 and 10:00 am until 12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 2 at High's.

    A full obituary and guest book can be found at:  http://www.highfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=4210951&fh_id=11416

    SNA would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. James. We honor the many years of service he so freely gave to the association and the horticulture industry.

  • 09 Jan 2017 4:41 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA Past President Richard L. "Dick" Ammon Passes Away

    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Ammon Family


    Richard L. "Dick" Ammon, age 87 died January the 1st at St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit in Edgewood. He was the founder of Ammon Landscape, Inc. in Burlington where he also resided. Richard was a member of Burlington Baptist Church.

    Richard was born April 10, 1929, in Covington, Kentucky. He attended high school in Florence, and studied one year at the University of Kentucky. During his high school years, his father purchased a small farm that sparked his desire to learn how to grow plants. In 1949, he married the former Shirley Howard and they had two children. 

    Dick served as president of Southern Nursery Association (1974) and was a founding director of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund (1989) and also served as president of the fund. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association and the Cincinnati Landscape Association.

    He was preceded in death by a granddaughter. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Shirley Ammon; one daughter Pamela Bulla and a son Greg Ammon; 2 brothers Robert and Dr. John Ammon. Richard was Pawpaw to 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

    Visitation will be Thursday January 5th from 12 noon until 2pm at Linnemann Funeral Home and Event Center, Burlington. Funeral Service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be private in Hopeful Cemetery.

    More details may be found at http://www.linnemannfuneralhomes.com/obituary/richard-l-ammon/

    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Dick Ammon. We are thankful for his dedication and the work he did for the association and our industry.

  • 19 Dec 2016 5:37 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the proceedings of the 61st Annual SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been compiled and is now available online at www.sna.org. This 183-page proceedings, provided free to the industry, is downloadable, searchable, and printable.

    The 2016 proceedings includes eleven sections of the latest horticultural research on Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Landscape, Pathology and Nematology, Propagation, Water Management, and Weed Control. Thirty-nine titles were presented by 78 authors from eight states. A complete list of titles can be found in the Covers and Introduction section, page viii.

    The annual publication SNA Research Conference Proceedings, from 1991 to 2016, is available on the SNA website at www.sna.org in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing, printing, or downloading (25 years and 3,079 titles comprised of 12,074 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 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for August 1 – 2, 2017 and will be held in conjunction with the SEGreen Conference in Athens, GA. 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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