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  • 20 Jan 2012 9:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its new board of directors elected at the 114th Annual SNA Business Meeting held on January 19, during the Gulf States Horticultural Exposition in Mobile, AL.

    2012 SNA Officers include:


    William J. "Bill" Boyd, Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN

    Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 4 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas)

    Jeffrey Howell, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS

    Executive Vice President

    Karen Summers, Summers & Associates, Acworth, GA

    2012 SNA Board of Directors include:

    Director Chapter 1 (Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

    Eelco Tinga, Jr., Tinga Nursery, Inc., Castle Hayne, NC

    Director Chapter 2 (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina)

    Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL

    Director Chapter 3 (Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee)

    Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN


    Immediate Past President

    Randy Bracy, Bracy's Nursery, LLC, Amite, LA

    Board Advisor

    Danny Summers, Summers & Associates, Acworth, GA

    "I look forward to working with this new board and carrying out their directives as we move forward in redefining and rebuilding the SNA," said Karen Summers, Executive Vice President. "Their knowledge, expertise and vision will be an invaluable contribution to the association and will significantly accelerate our restructuring and growth initiatives."

    Newly elected President, Bill Boyd, is serving his second term on the SNA Board. He served his first term from 2002 - 2007, serving as President in 2006. Eelco Tinga, Jr. is serving his second term on the SNA Board as well. He served his first term on the SNA Board from 2005 - 2010, and served as SNA President in 2009. 

    "It is an honor to have these two well-seasoned and knowledgeable men serving on the SNA Board during this time, said Danny Summers, Board Advisor, Southern Nursery Association. "They both understand where SNA has been and where we need to go. Their wisdom can help steer us in the right direction as we set new goals for the future."

    Newly elected board member, Michael Hobbs, is President of Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN. A third generation nurseryman, Michael has been active in the industry for more than 40 years. Founded by his father and mother, Leslie and Frances Hobbs, in 1950, Warren County Nursery is a wholesale field growing operation and greenhouses for liner production offering a complete line of bareroot seedlings, cuttings, liners, vines, wildflowers, fruit and nut trees, balled & burlap shrubs, shade trees, ornamentals and evergreens. Warren County Nursery has over 400 acres in production and over the past sixty years has become recognized as a supplier of native plants used in wetlands and reforestation plantings. 

    Hobbs has served on the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Board of Directors and served as president in 1979 and 1990. He was awarded the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Wholesale Nurseryman of the Year in 1990. He received SNA's David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award in 1980, and served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 2005. Hobbs has also served on the Horticultural Research Institute's Board as well as many other industry committees. 

    Locally he has received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1980 and served as McMinnville Jaycees President in 1982.

    Michael married Margaret Robinson in 1969. They have three daughters:  Brandy, Ashley and Emily; four grandchildren:  Carter (10), Lauren (6), Ian (4), and Elliot (2). Michael and Margaret are members of the Hebron Church of Christ in McMinnville.

    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.

    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993,, or visit the SNA Website at


  • 18 Jan 2012 9:16 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The first electronic SNA News is available for downloading as a portable document format (PDF). The January 2012 SNA News includes information on:

    SNA's New Website Features 
    More Than 10,000 Pages of Research
    Member Listings
    Regional Events
    Forums and More

    SNA Events At GSHE
    57th Annual SNA Research Conference
    Special State of the Industry Roundtable Session
    114th Annual SNA Business Meeting

    2012 SNA Award Winners
    Honorary Member Award
    David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award
    Slater Wight Memorial Award

    BMP Version 3.0 To Be Released This Year
    Best Management Practices Guide v 3.0 Will Be Available – 
    Free of Charge – On The SNA Website Later This Year

    SNA Office Is Back In Metro Atlanta
    Update Your Records With Our New Information

    To download the January 2012 SNA News Click Here.

  • 15 Nov 2011 12:34 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SMALLWOOD, DAVID, 81, of Okolona, was born September 15, 1930 to the late Dodson and Minnie Ora Gibson Smallwood and returned to his Heavenly Father November 13, 2011.

    Among those who preceded him in death include his parents and a sister, Doris Austin.

    He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Morrison Smallwood; sons, David L. Jr. (Sandra), Michael S. (Diane) and Ross P. Smallwood: sister, Deloris Lind: brother, Donald Smallwood (Barbara); nine grandchildren, Kent, Damian, Kimberly, Matthew, Sean, Derrick, Kyle, Mitchell and Alexandria; seven great-grandchildren; a host of other family and friends.

    Mr. Smallwood, owner/operator of Ken-Mulch Inc. and a Kentucky Colonel, was past president, secretary/ treasurer of Iroquois Kiwanis Club and cofounder of local Kiwanis Clubs - Okolona, South Louisville, Shepherdsville and Shelbyville, cofounder of the Tennessee Walking Horse Jubilee, a member of the Kentucky Nurseryman's Association, Louisville Nurseryman's Association and Southern Nurseryman's Association, Better Business Bureau, Eastern Kentucky University Advisory Committee and a Key Club sponsor for Southern High School. David was chairman of the 75th Anniversary meeting and trade show of the Southern Nurserymen's Association in Atlanta, GA.

    Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Brookland Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects 11a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst.

  • 10 Nov 2011 12:36 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    LILLARD, Lillie Ann Marshall, 97 of Louisville passed away Thursday November 10th, 2011 at her home with her daughters and her caregiver by her side.

    She was the owner/operator of Lillard Nursery and started in 1948 and retired at age 85 after 52 years in business.  She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, the American Nurserymen’s Association, Louisville Nursery Association, an honorary Kentucky Nursery Association and University of Kentucky Fellow.

    In 1974 she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Noble Lillard.  She is survived by her daughters, Mildred L. Wearren and Bonita L. Smith (Bryan) of Traverse City, MI., sister Melba Boots, grandchildren, David Schlueter, Doug Wearren Jr., Brent Wearren (Julie), Jeffrey Wearren (Betsy) and Mindy Carlton, great grandchildren, Kennedy Schlueter, Preston, Trent, Chandler and Luke Carlton, Jason, Jessica, Blake and Austin Wearren.

    Her funeral service was held on Monday November 14, 2011 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with private burial in Napoleon Cemetery in Gallatin County Kentucky.

    In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 13800 Aiken Road, Louisville, KY 40245

  • 10 Oct 2011 9:38 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Oak Grove, VA, October 10, 2011 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is moving beyond the small steps it has taken over the past few months to rebuild the association and has begun taking larger steps to focus on rebuilding the marketplace in the Southeast.

    Founded in 1899, the SNA was a prominent industry leader for more than 100 years. After a transition of leadership in 2006, and several years of economic downturn, coupled with industry consolidation, a decline in membership and the cancellation of the annual SNA trade show, the 112-year old association found itself in a downward spiral and a stagnant condition. In November of 2010, Danny and Karen Summers, who served the association from 1988 to 2006, contacted the current board of directors and a core group of past presidents and members to encourage them to pull together to save the association.

    In February of this year, Karen Summers was appointed Interim Executive Vice President. Danny Summers was appointed Board Advisor. Since then, the group has been hard at work to set new directives for organizational change to rebuild the association and once again become an integral part of the horticulture industry in the southeast. The future focus will be on member services to promote sales and profitability, and monitoring issues that cross state lines and impact the region. Taking advantage of the digital age, vital industry services, current news and relevant information will be delivered online through the new SNA website ( The new website features a virtual marketplace with a robust search engine for locating people, products and services, as well as more than 10,000 pages of horticultural research. Member forums, blogs, and email alerts add to the functionality of the new system.

    To assure regional participation and input, several new committees have been created and will be functioning soon. These new committees will assist with efforts to provide communication, education, information and marketing opportunities throughout the region. In addition, the annual SNA Business Meeting and SNA Research Conference have been scheduled and will be held in conjunction with the GSHE in Mobile, AL in January of 2012. A special roundtable discussion, exploring ways to stimulate the marketplace to create more business opportunities in the Southeast is planned to take place during this time. More details to follow.

    You can expect to see many changes and lots of activity in the coming months with the launch of the new website, new committee development, member surveys, regional news and information disseminated once again, and industry leaders recognized through the SNA awards program.

    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.

    For further information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Voice: 804.224.9352, Fax: 804.224.9352, Email: or visit the SNA Website at


    Southern Nursery Association, Inc., 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443 

    Phone/Fax: 804-224-9352, Email:, Website:

  • 06 Oct 2011 3:01 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Your input is needed to evaluate the current Nursery Crop Insurance Program.  

    Watts and Associates, Inc. (, under contract to the USDA Risk Management Agency, will hold a listening session regarding the FCIC Nursery Crops Insurance Program in October. The listening session is scheduled at 9 AM, October 13, 2011, at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center Conference Room,  472 Cadillac Lane McMinnville,  TN . If you plan to attend, please contact Dr. Randy Landgren ( so rooms with space appropriate for the sessions can be arranged.

    The contract covers a review of existing insurance and a look at what might be done to improve the program under the constraints of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Producers are especially encouraged to attend. Other industry stakeholders (insurance personnel, educators, suppliers, shippers, etc.) are welcome. Individuals who do not fit into either of these broad categories, but who wish to provide input or are interested in the research process are also welcome to attend. The focus of the listening sessions will be upon obtaining information not otherwise available, such as degree of interest, reasons for interest, willingness to pay, risks to production (natural and man-made), perceptions of potential conflicts and difficulties, etc. However, information will be welcomed regarding all topics of interest.

    If you would prefer to send written input, please send it to Dr. Landgren ( A phone contact in your email will allow follow-up if necessary, but supplying such contact information is not a requirement.

  • 28 Sep 2011 2:26 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Washington, DC – American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA)'s Craig Regelbrugge, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research updated associations across the country yesterday (September 27, 2011), during a conference call, on the current immigration bills in the U.S. House.  ANLA is maintaining a strong presence in this debate on behalf of the entire horticulture industry.  

    As ANLA requests for industry members to react to proposed legislation, we will keep you informed.  For a current legislative report, follow this link to the ANLA website:  CLICK HERE.

    ANLA provides nursery and landscape businesses a strong, national voice on Capitol Hill, lobbying for effective solutions to small business issues and closely monitoring key federal regulatory agencies. SNA urges all industry members to support ANLA.  Their work on the our behalf is vital to providing a healthy business environment for the industry.

    Thank you ANLA!
  • 26 Sep 2011 4:01 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The SNA History Archives, developed in 1999 during the association's 100th anniversary, is now fully cataloged and available for viewing at the Atlanta History Center's Cherokee Garden Library.  Click here for the full details and links to indexes for the SNA Records, Photos, and an industry Seed and Nursery Catalog collection.
  • 01 Sep 2011 7:16 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    All reports from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are of limited damage, major power outrages but cell phone service is nearly 100%. Hurricane Irene leaves the area with lots of cleanup for those nurseries in the path of the storm. North Carolina has reports of some field grown crop nurseries with substantial losses. We encourage anyone having information or in need of help and/or supplies to post to the new SNA Disaster Forum. Further updates will follow.
  • 25 Aug 2011 5:21 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    August 25, 2011, Oak Grove, VA – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the SNA Disaster Preparedness Program is once again featured on the SNA website at

    This program encourages industry member firms to better prepare for times of emergencies and includes education materials or events, electronic communication systems, as well as a list of equipment (coming soon) available from other industry members such as power generators, satellite phones, labor, supplies, and other products and services needed during these times. In addition, national and regional disaster resources are listed as a convenience to the industry.

    The SNA Disaster Preparedness Program Forum also provides a line of communication to post general comments or information relating to current conditions, needs and available assistance. We are very fortunate to be involved in a very industry - an industry that reaches out to even their competitors. This Forum helps facilitate that spirit.

     The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is a non-profit, professional trade association serving the horticulture industry since 1899. As a regional organization, SNA works to advance the horticulture industry in the southeast by supporting educational, research and marketing opportunities to assure the success of the industry.

    For more information on the SNA visit the SNA website at, or contact Karen Summers at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, 804.224.9352.

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