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  • 26 Jan 2018 2:08 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., January 26, 2018 – Five students from two universities were presented cash awards totaling $1,800 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition held during the 62nd SNA Research Conference. The awards were presented on Tuesday, January 9, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., during The SNA Conference.

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

    2018 Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards Winners pictured from left to right: Geoffrey Weaver, Md Niamul Kibir, Kaitlin Barrios, Connor Ryan, and Matthew Brown.

    First place winners of $500 each include:
    Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
    Title:  Modeling energy-efficient lighting strategies for petunia and impatiens using chlorophyll fluorescence and historical weather data

    Connor Ryan, University of Georgia (M.S.)
    Title:  Susceptability of Sarcococca Taxa to Boxwood Blight Caused by Calonextria pseudonaviculata

    Second place winners of $300 each include:
    Md Niamul Kibir, Tennessee State University (Ph.D.)
    Title:  Effect of fungicides and biorational products on Phytophthora root rot of hydrangea cultivars

    Matthew Brown, Tennessee State University (M.S.)
    Title:  Evaluation of fungicides and biofungicides for control of Phytophthora cinnamomi on flood-stressed flowering dogwoods

    Third place winners of $200 each include:
    Kaitlin Barrios, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
    Title:  Mutagenesis of Illicium parviflorum for Novel Phenotypes

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

    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is the country's longest running woody ornamental research conference and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but 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 Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country.

    Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on the SNA website at www.sna.org. Proceedings from 1991 to present are available with 3,079  titles comprised of 12,074 pages. The 2016 SNA Research Conference Proceedings is now available on the SNA website at www.sna.org.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.

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

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  • 24 Jan 2018 3:29 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., January 24, 2018 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2018 SNA Awards.  The awards were presented at the 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting held 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 Donna C. Fare, Ph.D. She is a recently retired research horticulturalist from the U.S. National Arboretum McMinnville, Tennessee location. Her research program addressed environmental issues with field and container nursery systems and germplasm evaluation of ornamental trees and shrubs for production and landscape interest.

    Donna received the Environmental Leadership Award (1999) and the Porter Henegar Memorial Award (2002) from the Southern Nursery Association. She has been an active participant with the SNA Research Conference since 1983 when she first competed in the graduate student competition.

    Donna is a past President of the Southern Region IPPS and a recipi­ent of the IPPS Sidney B. Meadows Award of Merit.

    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 Sonya Lepper Westervelt, Chief of Wholesale Sales, Saunders Brothers, Piney River, VA.

    Sonya began her career in horticulture as a cashier at a garden center in Roanoke, Virginia in 1999. She went on to Virgin­ia Tech where she received a B.S. in Horticulture and a B.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2005. From there, she participated in the Longwood Graduate Program in association with the University of Delaware and received her Master’s in Public Horticulture in 2007.

    After a brief stint working in development for the University of Virginia, she joined her husband, Paul Westervelt, and began working for Saunders Brothers as a regional sales associate in 2009. Sonya served on the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association board for seven years including serving as the board President in 2015. In December 2016, Sonya was promoted to the Chief of Wholesale Sales for Saunders Brothers.

    She is the proud mama of four year old Magnolia and nearly one year old Crosier.

    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 Ken and Bob LeGette, Graco Fertilizer Company, Cairo, GA. Founded in a 1954 partnership between H.T. LeGette (Ken and Bob’s grandfather) and Robert Johnson, Graco Fertilizer Company was predominately a fertilizer manufacturer and cotton gin. Today, Graco has evolved into a leader in the production of specialty fertilizer and potting soil thanks to the vision of Tom LeGette (Ken and Bob’s father), who became company president in 1970.

    Ken and Bob were both born and raised in Cairo, Georgia. From about the ages of 14, both held various jobs at the company warehouse helping blend fertilizer, spread fertilizer, deliver fertilizer, etc.

    Ken and Bob are both graduates of Brookwood School in Thomasville, Georgia, Ken in 1976, Bob in 1978. Ken attended Auburn University and the University of Georgia before returning to the family business in 1980. Bob graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Tom LeGette, passed away in April of 1983, and Bob joined his brother Ken in the family business after his graduation in May of that year. Ken and Bob carry on the vision of their father and grandfathers in the tradition of creating premium quality specialty fertilizers and potting soils.

    Ken is a member of GGIA, FNGLA, SNA, and FANN. He is a former member of the FNGLA State Board, a longtime president of the FNGLA Big Bend Chapter, a former member of Scotts’ Distributor Advisory Board, a current member of Capital City Bank Advisory Board, and an active member of Cairo First United Methodist Church. Ken is an avid hunter and fisherman, a proud father, and a proud grandfather to twins, Owen & Kennedy.

    Established by the SNA Board in 1999, the 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. This award is not limited to SNA members or to the horticulture industry. Nominations for this prestigious award are made by the SNA Participating State Associations and SNA Members with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.

    This year’s recipients of the SNA Environmental Award is Dr. Sarah A. White, Nursery Extension Specialist at Clemson University in SC and an Associate Professor. Sarah has worked for 15 years on developing best management practices and treatment technologies that grow­ers can use to clean water. She manages and conducts research projects and communicates information related to water manage­ment, water quality (chemical and biotic parameters), ecologically based treatment technologies, and integrated pest management to green industry stakeholders. Her lab is currently investigating the applications of vegetation-based technologies (constructed wetlands, floating treatment wetlands, and vegetated buffers) for cleansing agrichemical and plant disease contaminants from pro­duction runoff to encouraging water reuse and conservation.

    Sarah White and a national team of researchers from 8 other universities received $8.7 million in funding in September 2014 from USDA-Specialty Crops Research Initiative to evaluate “Clean WateR3 - Reduce, Remediate, Recycle: Informed Decision-Making to Facilitate Use of Alternative Water Resources and Promote Sus­tainable Specialty Crop Production.” The Clean WateR3 team is working to help growers develop the tools and information resourc­es necessary to make informed decisions about water management and recycling so that they can remain profitable well into the future.

    Sarah earned a B.S. in Horticulture at Clemson University in 2000, a M.S. in Horticultural Science at Virginia Tech in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University in 2007. Sarah serves as an education advisor to the South Car­olina Green Industry Association (formerly the SC Nursery and Landscape Association) and to the South Carolina Farm Bureau Ornamental Horticulture Committee.

    In her time away from work, Sarah enjoys nature photography, hiking, and singing in her local church and community choirs.

    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 2018 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is Dr. Marc van Iersel, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

    Marc van Iersel was born in the Netherlands and exposed to horticulture at a young age, playing in his grandfather’s flower shop and greenhouses. He studied horticulture in the Netherlands, where he received his MS degree in 1989. He then came to the US and received his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 1994. He has been with horticulture department of the University of Geor­gia since 1995, where he now holds the Dooley professorship.

    His current research focuses on cost-effective supplemental lighting technologies in greenhouses and vertical farms. He does so by studying plant physiological responses to different light intensities and spectra. The goal is to develop crop-specific, cost-effective lighting protocols. Past research focused on efficient irrigation and fertilization in the production of ornamental plants. He has pub­lished 120+ scientific papers and has given invited lectures about his research around the world, including in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Kenya, Canada, Chile, and Brazil.

    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 William J. “Bill” Boyd, Owner of Flower City Nursery, McMin­nville, TN. Bill purchased the business from his father Joe Boyd in 1988. The business is truly his lifeblood. He began his career in horticulture at a very young age helping out at the nursery. He has been attending nursery meetings and conventions since he was about nine years old and has since devoted a large part of his life to nursery associations.

    Boyd served on the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association board from 1979 – 1984 and as president in 1983. From 1985 – 1998 he served for the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA). In 1991, TNLA honored him with the Young Nurseryman of the Year Award. This same year, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) awarded him the David E. Laird, Jr. Memorial Award. He served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 1994 and served on the SNA board from 2001 – 2007, serving as president in 2006. Once again he came to the call of duty and served on the SNA board to fill a vacant spot from 2008 – 2014. Bill is the only person to serve on the SNA board for thirteen years. Bill gives unselfishly in other ways to the association. He has moved the SNA office three times and continued to serve on the trade show move-in committee through 2016. He received the Slater Wight Memorial Award in 2015, and most recently was inducted into the TNLA Hall of Fame (2017).

    Boyd has served on the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce as a board member from 1994 – 2000. He has served on the Warren County Planning Commission and the Warren County Fair Board. He has also served on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee.

    Bill is a member of the First United Methodist Church and has served on several committees. He is currently on his fifth term as Chairman of the Trustees.

    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 2018 recipient of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence is Robert “Buddy” Lee, Transcend Nursery, Independence, LA.

    Robert ‘Buddy’ Lee and his wife Dixie live in Independence, Louisiana. They have two children, Ryan and his wife Lauren, Kelsey, and her husband Alan.They have been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren with another little one to arrive soon. Buddy is owner of Transcend Nursery in Louisiana and works closely with Plant Development Services, Inc. in Loxley, Alabama.

    Buddy is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana; University of New York, Albany, New York, and the school of extremely hard knocks. Buddy contributes his steadfast work ethic, values and faith to his caring parents and siblings and also his large circle of extended family and friends.

    Buddy’s interest in plants began at an early age. He grew up on a dairy farm owned by his parents Robert and Maxine Lee. At age fifteen, he talked his father into letting him work summers and part time at Folsom Nursery owned by Price Magee. This nursery is where he ‘cut his teeth’ in many aspects of nursery industry. Local nursery owners, Price Magee, Howard Schillings H.D Loyd, Clarence Mizell and Buster Mizell were great industry role models that had a major influence on him in his early years in the horticulture industry.

    In the early 1980’s, Buddy started Savannah Spring Nursery in Folsom, Louisiana, a wholesale operation specializing in container production of evergreen azaleas and other of woody ornamentals. Encouraged by the enthusiasm and knowledge of other plants people such as Margie Jenkins, Don Shadow, Dr. John Thornton, Tom Todd, Bill Todd, Dr. John Creech and many others, Buddy vigorously pursued collecting unique and different plant species and cultivars, growing off populations

    of open and control pollinated seedlings and evaluating these seedlings for desirable landscape traits and environmental hardiness. Over the years and through the evaluation of many thousands of seedlings his work has resulted in 54 plant patents, numerous foreign plant breeders rights, and numerous U.S. plant trademarks. These new plant introductions include the very successful Encore® Azaleas and cultivars from several other genera that are featured in the Southern Living® Plant Collection and the Sunset Western Plant Collection®. Plant breeding, evaluation and selection work presently continues at Transcend Nursery in Louisiana.

    Buddy gives numerous horticultural presentations each year to a wide range of audiences and is also an international speaker. He is active in many horticultural organizations and is past president of the Southern Region International Plant Propagators Society (Fellows Award), past president of the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association (Professional Achievement Award, James Foret Award), past president of the Azalea Society of America (Outstanding Achievement Award), and member of the Louisiana State Horticultural Society (Lifetime Member Award).

    SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements. The SNA Awards Program is designed to recognize professionals 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.

    Photos of all award winners can be found on the SNA website at www.sna.org/awards or www.sna.org/page-1863052.

    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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  • 24 Jan 2018 11:36 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., January 24, 2018 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2018 term were elected during the 119th 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

    Norman Cole, III, Cole Nursery, Pipestem, WV, was elected president succeeding Dusty Knight, Plantation Trees, Selma, AL.

    The complete slate of 2018 officers and directors is as follows:

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

    Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 2
    Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA

    Director Chapter 3 
    Rickey Minton, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Director Chapter 4
    Todd Ellefson, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA

    Director Chapter 1
    Matthew Shreckhise, Shreckhise Nurseries, Grottoes, VA

    Immediate Past President
    Dusty Knight, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    Newly elected SNA President Norman Cole, III, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV, was elected to serve on the SNA Board of Directors in 2014 representing Chapter 1. Norman is recognized as an industry leader in cutting-edge plant development, including his Highlander and Little Missy boxwoods. Founded in 1937, Cole Nurseries is a 200-acre farm consisting primarily of woody ornamentals and trees that are unique to the area. Boxwoods are Cole Nurseries’ top sellers.

    Norman holds a B.S. Horticulture from Virginia Tech. He contributes much of his success to an internship at Shadow Nursery after he graduated from college where Don Shadow provided him with many contacts he still uses today to help bring in new products. Norman has served on the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association board and currently serves as Vice President. He as served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS - 2012) and remains on the board as a director. Norman and his wife Missy have two children (Norman IV and Calvin).

    The new industry leader joining the SNA Board this year is Matthew Shreckhise, Shreckhise Nurseries, Grottoes, VA. Matt grew up in the small town of Mt. Sidney, Virginia on land that was the original family farm and nursery, so he was exposed to the horticulture industry at a very young age.  Matt’s great-great uncle, Noah Shreckhise, started the family’s legacy in the nursery industry in the late 1800s and three of his nephews began Shreckhise Nurseries in 1936. Matt is currently the sales manager at Shreckhise Nurseries and works alongside his dad, Danny.

    Matt graduated from Virginia Tech in 2002 and majored in Business Management.  Before returning to the family nursery business, he worked in corporate sales in Washington, DC for 4 years.  Matt explains, “I wanted to gain sales and management experience by working for someone else. I needed to understand the value of uncertainty and a true sense of independence that sometimes can be absent when returning to the family business. After a successful stint working elsewhere I believed I was ready to return and bring outside skills and knowledge back to our business.”

    Matt has served the green industry as president of the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association (VNLA) and the Shenandoah Valley Nursery & Greenhouse Association (SVNGA) and was an advisory board member for the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture.  He currently resides in Staunton, Virginia with his wife Elizabeth and their three sons Daniel Mason (7), Ellis (3), and Noah (1).   

    “This 2018 board represents a group of diverse industry leaders, all with excellent business skills that can be leveraged to the advantage of the SNA,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “As a regional association we have the ability to look around the region for members that have demonstrated strong leadership skills at the state level and select from these industry leaders to guide our association. I am very confident that through the leadership of this group of gentlemen we will become stronger and move the association forward,” she added.

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

  • 27 Oct 2017 10:08 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)


  • 25 Oct 2017 3:25 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The Southern Plant Conference, The SNA Research Conference, Keynote Sessions, and Participant-Driven Roundtable Discussions – with a total of 16 speakers.

    Atlanta, Ga., October 30, 2017 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced final details of The SNA Conference, co-locating in 2018 with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS). 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.

    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.

    SNA Awards will be presented at the conference, including the Slater Wight Memorial Award, the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award, the SNA Pinnacle Award, the SNA Environmental Award, the Porter Henegar Memorial Award and the Don Shadow Award of Excellence.

    The impressive lineup of speakers presenting during The Southern Plant Conference and the SNA SuperSessions includes:

    Shannon Currey, Marketing Director
    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

    Dr. Charlie Hall, Professor & Ellison Chair
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
    The Forecast – A Preliminary Outlook for the Spring Season

    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

    Dr. Marco Palma, Associate Professor & Extension Economist
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
    The Forecast – A Preliminary Outlook for the Spring Season

    Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President – Industry Advocacy & Research
    AmericanHort, Washington, D.C.
    The Players – Capitol Hill Report

    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

    Danny Summers, Board Advisor
    Southern Nursery Association, Acworth, GA
    The Game Plan – Leveraging the Takeaways

    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

    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.

    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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  • 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.

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