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  • 03 Sep 2013 10:47 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2013 - 2014 term were elected during the 114th annual meeting held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., during SNA 2013. 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

     

    Jeff Howell, Rocky Creek Nurseries, Lucedale, AL, was elected president succeeding Bill Boyd.

     

    The complete slate of officers is as follows:

     

    Jeff Howell, President, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS

    Richard May, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 2, May Nursery, Havana, FL

    Eelco Tinga, Jr., Director Chapter 1, Tinga Nurseries, Castle Hayne, NC

    Michael Hobbs, Director Chapter 3, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Dusty Knight, Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    William Boyd, Immediate Past President, Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN.

     

    Newly-elected SNA President Jeff Howell and his wife Melinda own and operate Rocky Creek Nurseries, Inc. in Lucedale, MS. Founded in 1962 by Jeff’s parents, Owen and Connie Howell, Rocky Creek Nurseries was incorporated in 1984 with Owen, Connie, Jeff and his older brother Lee serving as officers. With Lee’s untimely passing in 2000, Jeff became company president, a position he holds today. Rocky Creek Nurseries produces container-grown woody ornamentals, trees and perennials.

     

    In addition to his nursery responsibilities, Jeff is active in his community. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the George Regional Health System, a multi-county hospital, nursing home and physician’s practices enterprise. He is a Sunday School teacher and Lay Leader at Lucedale First United Methodist Church. Jeff is past president of the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association and past chairman of the George Republican Party. In 1998 he was awarded the SNA David E. Laird Memorial Award.

     

    Jeff and Melinda, a kindergarten teacher, have two children, Tyler (23) and Jeffrey (20).

     

    Joining the SNA Board this year, Dusty Knight is from Franklinton, LA, where he worked for Windmill Nursery and Zelenka Nursery of Folsom, LA for 20 years.  In 2000, he and his wife Joan moved to Prattville, AL, where he brought that 20 years of experience to Plantation Tree Company as manager. Plantation Tree Company has over 400 acres of premium quality field-grown shade and ornamental trees and shrubs in production. Established in 1993, Plantation Tree Company has quickly set the standard for quality field grown trees and ornamentals and introduced three plants to the industry. A superb Vitex 'Lilac Queen', an unusual Magnolia 'Cinnamon Twist', and an outstanding magnolia that has become a standard in the industry the 'Green Giant' Magnolia.

     

    Dusty and Joan have two children and two grandchildren. Dusty is an avid hunter, fisherman, and loves to spend time with his grandchildren.

     

    SNA Executive Vice President Karen Summers is excited about the diversity and leadership skills of the SNA Board members, and believes this newly elected board will help catapult the association forward with positive results. “The combined experience and skills of this board will be invaluable to this association during this time of rebuilding and moving forward to once again become a strong and relevant association,” Summers stated.  “This board represents a group of industry leaders with a broad variety of ideas and perspectives on how SNA can meet the needs of its members. I am very optimistic about the future of SNA and our industry, and with these knowledgeable leaders I am even more confident of our ability,” 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.

  • 03 Sep 2013 10:46 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 SNA Awards. The awards were presented at the Annual SNA Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at the Georgia International Convention Center during SNA 2013.

     

    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 and selection of recipients is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    This year’s recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Dr. Nick Gawel, Director of the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Nick has been associated with SNA for close to 20 years and has served as Assistant Director of Research (2005-2008) and Director of Research (2008-present). In this voluntary role he is responsible for coordinating the annual SNA Research Conference. Gawel received his PhD from Texas Tech University and worked for USDA/ARS in Griffin, GA and Phoenix, AZ prior to joining Tennessee State University in 1993.  Gawel’s research area is Plant Breeding and Genetics, Phylogenic Analysis, and Molecular Markers, and he has published numerous research papers. Nick has been happily married for 24 years and counting, and he has the two best kids in the world.

     

    Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., this award, considered the young nursery person of the year 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 Joseph B. Hillenmeyer, Joseph Hillenmeyer Garden Design, Lexington, KY, who was born into a family with a horticulture tradition that dates back to the 1700’s in France and Germany.  Joseph’s great-great-great grandfather, Francis Xavier Hillenmeyer, came to America in 1838 after training at the famous Baumann Brothers Nursery in France. His arrival set into motion what has now been six generations of his family in the horticulture industry in Lexington. He grew up in Lexington, leaving in 1993 to attend The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. After graduation, he worked with Don Shadow at Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, a nationally recognized horticulturist noted for his work in developing new cultivars of ornamental plants. In 1996 Joseph traveled to New Zealand where he worked as the horticulturist at a horse farm and interned at a perennial nursery. His next trip took him to Western Turkey where he worked at the well-known Karaca Arboretum outside of Istanbul. This is where he was really able to begin forming comprehensive ideas about garden design and thinking about organic connections between the garden and the home. Joseph has now returned to Lexington where he began his own garden design firm in 2001. Since then he has had the opportunity to continue to travel the world and the U.S. studying garden design and horticulture.

     

    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 recipient of the SNA Pinnacle Award is Gary L. Stover, Stover Manufacturing, Port Orange, FL. Born and raised in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains near Middletown, New York, Gary was drafted out of college in 1968, pursuing an engineering degree. Discharged from the Army in 1970, and thinking about a new career path, he earned a private pilot license, and with new wife Shirley, headed for Daytona Beach to attend Embry Riddle University to get an A&P license and work in commercial aviation. A daughter (Melissa) arrived in 1971 and at the time there was more money working on boats and he worked as a mechanic a local marinas. During that time a relationship with John Powell developed while working on his boats. One fateful day in 1973, John waded out of the Halifax River (his boat broke down in front of the marina where Gary was working), and he offered him a job at Economy Label Sales. His career path was cast and his family was growing with the addition of their son Joshua in 1976. At Economy Label, Stover had the opportunity to modify and build production and printing equipment, and learn the tag and label business. John was an employer, mentor and friend. In 1997 Economy Label was sold and his position terminated. He was fortunate enough to join Horticultural Printers in Port Orange and continue working in the industry – and specifically building the thermal/roll tag business model for Horticultural Printers. In August 2012 Horticultural Printers moved the Port Orange production equipment to Dallas and shut the facility down. He chose not to move to Texas. Currently, with partners Robert Grooms, Mike McClure, and John Thompson, they are again building the thermal/roll tag business model – this time to their own specifications.

     

    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 are Saunders Brothers, Inc., Piney River, VA, and Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland. In awarding two Environmental Awards this year, the SNA Board acknowledges not only Saunders Brothers for water conservation efforts in the implementation of using the Evapotranspiration (ET) based irrigation in their nursery, but also Dr. John Lea-Cox for his work in the development of advanced sensor-based wireless networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management.

     

    Saunders Brothers began as a partnership between five brothers in 1915. Today, third generation brothers, Tom, Bennett, Jim and Robert, with their dad, Paul, operate the wholesale nursery, orchard, and farm market. The wholesale nursery operation now consists of approximately 75 acres of container production and 75 acres of field production. They ship over 1,000 products to garden centers, landscapers, and re-wholesalers throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Their 125-acre orchard provides fresh fruit for their farm market as well as other wholesale and retail markets.

     

    Saunders Brothers, the 2013 Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award recipient, was recognized for their water conservation efforts utilizing technology that was developed in row crop production. They began using the ET-based irrigation during the summers of 2011. The goal of the ET-based irrigation is to determine the amount of water lost from a containerized plant during one day and to replace exactly that amount through irrigation. Base numbers for irrigation were determined through testing that was coordinated by two University of Florida’s researchers, Tom Yeager and Jeff Million. Using these figures as a guideline, irrigation in 2012 was monitored using Leachate Fraction (LF) testing. Through testing in 2011, Saunders Brothers Inc. determined that equal or better quality plants could be grown using less water and less fertilizer. It was determined that fertility levels could be dropped on some crops from 30-40%. In 2012 when local rainfall levels were 25% below average, overall water use dropped by over 50% when compared to the previous 5-year average. Starting in the fall of 2012, SBI installed their first wireless irrigation controllers on a third of the nursery. Designed by Fralo Control Systems, irrigation run times are entered on PC’s and wirelessly transmitted to irrigation control panels. Sensors monitor pump pressure and flow to maximize the efficiency of the irrigation system. Through the new system crops can be grouped based on their individual needs to water at any time of the night or day. Part of the wireless system in 2013 will be controlled by a computer program that automatically adjusts irrigation amounts dependent upon crop stage, container size, plant spacing and daily weather data from a weather station on-site. Continued trialing of plants using lower rates of fertilizer will take place. By the fall of 2013 the company intends to irrigate all of its woody plants using the wireless system while continuing to monitor the LF of the crops. LF testing will expand in 2013 to include herbaceous crops as well.

     

    John Lea-Cox is a Professor and Nursery Research and Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He teaches courses in Principles of Water and Nutrient Management, Greenhouse Crop Production and co-teaches Senior Capstone and Sustainable Seminar courses. His research and extension programs are focused primarily on increasing the efficiency of water and nutrient applications in the nursery and greenhouse industries. John leads the water and nutrient management extension program for ornamental production in Maryland, with one other colleague. To date, this program has trained over 130 professionals and growers who have written over 350 water and nutrient management plans for nursery and greenhouse operations. He currently leads a national $5.16M USDA-NIFA specialty crops project, which is developing advanced sensor-based networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management in nursery and greenhouse systems.  More information on the project, the participants and project impacts can be accessed at http://smart-farms.net During his career, John has established or co-established five major research and extension programs, co-authored one book and five book chapters, published 24 peer-reviewed journal articles, 32 national and international conference papers, and more than 60 society, trade or extension articles.  He has been invited to speak at more than 50 International and national conferences, and has given more than 300 other national, regional presentations and workshops.

     

    Two deserving industry members received SNA Honorary Member Awards this year. Each recipient has made outstanding contributions to the association and the industry during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association. The SNA Board of Directors recognizes Wilbur C. Mull, Classic Groundcovers, Athens, GA, and Dr. Carl. E. Whitcomb, Lacebark Publication & Research, Stillwater, OK, for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture.

     

    Wilbur C. Mull, celebrating his 50th anniversary – in business that is– is founder of Classic Groundcovers in Athens, GA. Born in Albion, NY, Mull came to Georgia and received his B.S. in Ag Economics in 1963, followed by his M.S. degree in 1965. Later that year he started sticking cuttings in the back yard of Dr. Jerry Padgett for 75 cents per hour. But he continued marketing and business and learning more about the green industry while teaching marketing classes and running a local country club. Finally, he decided to make the move and open Classic Groundcovers. Wilbur has served as President of the Georgia Nurseryman’s Association (1981). He received the Georgia Green Industry Association’s Jake Tinga Distinguished Award (2003), and the Vivian Munday/Buck Jones Lifetime Achievement Award (2011). He has served as Georgia Governor to the American Nursery & Landscape Association. He is a past recipient of SNA’s David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award (1976) and the SNA Slater Wight Memorial Award (1993). Like his talent and service to this industry, he has been recognized by numerous other organizations outside the green industry. As impressive as the credentials are, Wilbur is always quick to give the credit to others, a true sign of humility.

     

    Dr. Carl E. Whitcomb, author, lecturer, researcher and consultant, was born and raised in Kansas. He received his B.S. in Horticulture from Kansas State University (1964), his M.S. in Horticulture, Agronomy from Iowa State University(1966), and his PhD – Horticulture, Agronomy and Plant Ecology from Iowa State University (1969). He was professor at the University of Florida and Oklahoma State University before founding Lacebark Publications and Research. Dr. Whitcomb has authored numerous technical papers, articles and books. His excellence and dedication to the industry has been acknowledged throughout his career. He received the SNA Porter Henegar Memorial Award in 1977, the American Nurserymen & Landscape Association’s Chadwick Award (1983), the Outstanding Oklahoma Nurseryman award (1985), the SNA Slater Wight, Sr. Memorial Award (1986), the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association’s Outstanding Industry Person Award (1987), and the Award of Merit from the Garden Writers Association of America (1988). He was named Fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society (1993) and received the International Plant Propagators Society’s Meadows Award (1999). Whitcomb has received numerous other awards. He and his wife LaJean have two sons and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.

     

    Other awards for 2013 was the Porter Henegar Memorial Award, presented at the SNA Research Conference Awards Luncheon and the Don Shadow Award of Excellence, presented at the Southern Plant Conference.

     

    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 2013 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is John W. Olive, Auburn University, Auburn, AL. A native of Columbus GA, John received his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of GA and a Master's degree in Plant Pathology from UGA in 1986. He worked in the UGA Extension Plant Disease Clinic in Athens for 3 years where he helped diagnose disease problems for commercial growers as well as homeowners. In 1989, he accepted a position in Mobile to work as plant pathologist at the Ornamental Horticulture Research Center (in Springhill). In 1990 he became the superintendent (director) of the Research Center.  Besides coordinating research projects at the center, he assists commercial growers, identifying plant diseases, troubleshooting other problems and helping recommend controls.  John has been attending and participating in the SNA Research Conference since 1989.  He has co-authored papers in several different sections and has served as the plant pathology section chairman.  He has chaired and been a judge on the Bryson James Student Research Competition several times. Although his position as Center Director has a lot of administration responsibilities, he has been fortunate to work with great research faculty who have encouraged him to actively participate in their research.

     

    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. This award 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. Awardees must also demonstrate a strong volunteer and/or service commitment to bringing better plants to the landscape. 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 2013 recipient of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence is Rick Crowder, Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, NC. Rick began his career in the nursery business after finishing high school in 1972. He received his Associates Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Catawba Valley Community College. He began working at Hawksridge Farms in 1982. Rick helped with the nursery setup and daily operations and became General Manager and President of the company in 1985.

     

    Rick has served on the Board of Director’s of North Carolina Association of Nurserymen from 1995 – 1999, serving as President in 1998. He served on the Board of Advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum for 6 years, and formerly served on the Board of Advisor’s for NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC. Rick also served on North Carolina’s Green Industry Council. He has been active in the International Plant Propagator’s Society since 1990, and was President of the Southern Region in 2010.


    In 2003 Rick’s commitment and service was recognized with NCAN’s Copeland Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is the highest honor given to nurserymen in North Carolina.

     

    Rick has traveled many times to the West Coast and British Columbia searching for new plants. He has made numerous trips to Japan, Holland, England and Scotland, as well as Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Belgium in the last several years visiting various nurseries, arboreta and gardens.

     

    Hawksridge Farms is well known in the industry for the development and introduction of new plant cultivars to the trade.

     

    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.

     

    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.

  • 03 Sep 2013 10:44 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, a panel of independent retailers, lead by Robert Hendrickson of The Garden Center Group, scoured the SNA 2013 show floor in search of the most unique and innovative products that have the most potential to be best sellers in the garden center. The 11 winners were recognized on the SNA Stage at the end of the first day of the show.

     

    Congratulations to these companies for their winning products:

     

    Applied Polymer Systems,  Woodstock, GA – Pond Zinger

    Briggs Nursery, Elma, WA – David Austin Rose Program

    Hackney Nursery, Greensboro, FL – “Ebony Fire” Crape Myrtle

    HIP Labels, Greensboro, NC – “Hip Clip” Large Label Attachment

    Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN – “The Rising Sun” Redbud

    Oldcastle Lawn & Garden, Anderson, SC – Jolly Gardener Tree, Shrub & Rose Soil

    Roseville Farms, Apopka, FL – Clematis Plants

    Season2Buy, Carbondale, IL – $eason2Buy Budgeting System

    Skagit Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA – “Merlin” Helleborus  and “Ascot Rainbow” Euphorbia

    Southern Palms & Plants, Steinhatchee, FL – “PomNatural” Pomegranate

    Walters Gardens, Zeeland, MI – “Cranberry Crush” Hardy Hibiscus

     

    In addition to the SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN, received Best in Show/Green Goods and HIP Labels, Greensboro, NC, received Best in Show/Allied Products.

     

    "With an unending choice of products available, all it takes are a few of the right ones to entice shoppers into choosing one company over all the others. For the Retailer's Choice Awards we looked for the best of the best from both retail and customer perspectives that garden centers should consider featuring during the upcoming selling seasons. This was a treasure hunt with huge dividends at play," said Hendrickson.

     

    “Retailers are always looking for new and innovative products with great sales potential. The SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards recognizes the hottest new products selected by a panel of retailers that are not only unique, but holds great promise of sales in their stores,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “These award-winning products represent the best of the best at SNA 2013. I would like to personally congratulate these companies for their products being selected,” she added.

     

    The Garden Center Group, founded by Robert Hendrickson, is an alliance of more than 125 independent garden centers, and consultants, service providers and preferred vendors who work together creating a community of professionals with one goal in mind... helping each other build successful companies. For more information on The Garden Center Group visit www.thegardencentergroup.com.

     

    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.

     

    More information on the winning products and photos can be found at www.sna.org. 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.

  • 30 Aug 2013 10:52 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Back for the first time in four years, SNA 2013, held August 5 – 7 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., proved to be an overwhelming success based on comments from both exhibitors and attendees. The first event since 2009 for the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), SNA 2013, was a clear indication that this regional marketplace has been missed and the timing is right for this new SNA event. The mood and spirit of both attendees and exhibitors was remarkably upbeat and positive – some even commenting that this year’s event far exceeded their expectations.

     

    The new location at the Georgia International Convention Center was well received. Conveniently located adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and easily accessible from I-85 and I-285, the newest and second largest convention facility in Georgia offered state-of-the-art meeting space and ample exhibition space with room to grow.

     

    SNA 2013 attracted an impressive list of exhibitors and quality buyers, and serious business was conducted during this two-day event. Some exhibitors reported strong interest in their products and writing large orders before noon on the first day of the show. There were numerous new products to see and get excited about. Robert Hendrickson, The Garden Center Group, hosted the SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards presented to:

     

    Applied Polymer Systems,  Woodstock, GA – Pond Zinger

    Briggs Nursery, Elma, WA – David Austin Rose Program

    Hackney Nursery, Greensboro, FL – “Ebony Fire” Crape Myrtle

    HIP Labels, Greensboro, NC – “Hip Clip” Large Label Attachment

    Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN – “The Rising Sun” Redbud

    Oldcastle Lawn & Garden, Anderson, SC – Jolly Gardener Tree, Shrub & Rose Soil

    Roseville Farms, Apopka, FL – Clematis Plants

    Season2Buy, Carbondale, IL – $eason2Buy Budgeting System

    Skagit Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA – “Merlin” Helleborus  and “Ascot Rainbow” Euphorbia

    Southern Palms & Plants, Steinhatchee, FL – “PomNatural” Pomegranate

    Walters Gardens, Zeeland, MI – “Cranberry Crush” Hardy Hibiscus

     

    In addition to the SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards Jackson Nursery, Belvidere, TN, received Best in Show/Green Goods and HIP Labels, Greensboro, NC, received Best in Show/Allied Products.

     

    The Southern Plant Conference saw a standing room only crowd very excited about seeing and hearing the 15 plant experts featured this year. This was the first time the conference was held in conjunction with the SNA marketplace and plans are already underway for the 2014 conference to be held during SNA 2014.

     

    The Educational Sessions were stocked full of takeaways and proven strategies to benefit growers, landscapers and retailers. The SNA Stage, located on the show floor, featured action-packed sessions presented by leading industry experts providing attendees a chance to see the most innovative new products, get a better perspective on the state of the economy, and gain new insight on factors impacting their business.

     

    The 58th Annual SNA Research Conference saw strong participation from horticultural researchers presenting the latest in research as the event returned to Atlanta after being held in Mobile, AL during the Gulf States Expo for the past four years. A total of seventy-one titles were submitted for inclusion in the research proceedings publication that will be available later this fall. John W. Olive, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, was presented the Porter Henegar Memorial Award by his research colleagues. Nine students received cash awards for their presentations in the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition, and the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund awarded a total $18,000 in scholarships to twelve students from across the Southeast.

     

    Officers of the Southern Nursery Association who will service for the 2013 – 2014 year were elected during the 114th SNA Annual Business Meeting. The complete slate of officers is as follows:

     

    Jeff Howell, President, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS

    Richard May, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 2, May Nursery, Havana, FL

    Eelco Tinga, Jr., Director Chapter 1, Tinga Nurseries, Castle Hayne, NC

    Michael Hobbs, Director Chapter 3, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Dusty Knight, Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    William Boyd, Immediate Past President, Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN.

     

    “Producing an event after being out of the picture for four years is not an easy task, but we feel SNA 2013 confirmed the relevance of a regional marketplace to the horticulture industry here in the Southeast,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “This comeback demonstrates the resilience of one of North America’s oldest horticultural trade associations and the overwhelming support from our industry. I am confident we now have the momentum we need for 2014 and beyond,” she added.

     

    “An association reflects its membership and the industry it serves. It’s been a long, hard road for many of us these past few years and as we rebuild the SNA we are committed to helping the industry rebuild and a big part of that is bringing our industry together to find new business and more profit through a strong regional marketplace,” said newly-elected SNA President Jeff Howell.

     

    Sponsors of SNA 2013 included Today’s Garden Center, Georgia Green Industry Association, Martin’s Nursery, R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Nursery Supplies, Empire Turf, GreenForest Nursery, Haviland Plastic Products, Plant Development Services, HIP Labels, Bennett’s Creek Nursery, and Lancaster Farms.

     

    SNA 2014 is scheduled for July 22 - 24 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. The Southern Plant Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The SNA Research Conference will be held on Tuesday, July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The SNA Marketplace will be held on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24. More details of SNA 2014 will be released in the coming weeks.

     

    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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  • 03 Jul 2013 10:34 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Greenhouse Grower has just posted a new article cover details of recent studies indicating a housing boom is on the horizon. Many sources are covering new data on Generation X & Y's, sometimes called "Echo-Boomers", as the opportunity ahead for homebuilding and related industries.  Here's a link to the full article: CLICK HERE
  • 17 Jun 2013 3:15 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Landscape Architecture Magazine - The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects, has published a news story June 7, 2013 titled "SOLD OUT." In the report, readers are alerted to the increasing industry position of plant shortages and resulting higher prices. For the complete article, CLICK HERE. (a new window will open)
  • 17 Jun 2013 10:39 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    June 17, 2013 - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced today June results of the NAHB monthly confidence index. Here's a portion of the release (a link to the full release is included below).
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    Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes hit a significant milestone in June, surging eight points to a reading of 52 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. Any reading over 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.

    “This is the first time the HMI has been above 50 since April 2006, and surpassing this important benchmark reflects the fact that builders are seeing better market conditions as demand for new homes increases,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder and developer from Charlotte, N.C. “With the low inventory of existing homes, an increasing number of buyers are gravitating toward new homes.”

    The eight-point jump in the index was the biggest one-month gain since August and September of 2002, when the HMI recorded a similar increase of eight points.

    “Builders are experiencing some relief in the headwinds that are holding back a more robust recovery,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “Today’s report is consistent with our forecast for a 29 percent increase in total housing starts this year, which would mark the first time since 2007 that starts have topped the 1 million mark.”

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    For complete details on the NAHB.ORG website, CLICK HERE. (a new window will open)
  • 01 Mar 2013 8:54 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    To: Eligible Students, Horticultural Department Heads / Faculty / Industry Members / Trade Press
    Subject: 2013 Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application - Now Available

    The 2013 Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Applications are now available. The Fund is asking all industry members to assist in helping us achieve our goal of promoting the availability of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund scholarship awards to worthy students. The application package contains eligibility requirements, instructions and all needed forms.

    Please advise all eligible students of the availability of this scholarship award. This information is available as an Acrobat PDF download from the Fund’s website: www.sbmsef.org/apply.html

    The deadline for application is May 31, 2013. The Scholarship Selection Committee will make its selections by July 1, 2013 and recipients will be notified soon thereafter. Awards will be made on August 6, in Atlanta, during SNA 2013. Time and location for the award presentations will be announced at a later date.

    Last year, the Fund awarded a total of $18,000 to twelve students. This year, we expect to award at least twelve $1,500 scholarships. We are very proud of our accomplishment in building the Fund over the past 24 years. Since its inception, we have awarded $390,000 in scholarships and today the Fund’s balance is now over $775,000. We would like to express our appreciation to you for supporting the Fund’s growth and development and your willingness to help us spread the word about this beneficial scholarship.

    For more information contact: CLICK HERE to go to the Fund's website!

    Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund
    P.O. Box 801513
    Acworth, GA 30101
    Ph: 678-813-1880
    Fax: 678-813-1881
    www.sbmsef.org
    e-mail: info@sbsmsef.org
  • 31 Oct 2012 2:24 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., November 1, 2012 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today plans for a new regional marketplace during SNA 2013, scheduled for August 5 - 7, 2013, at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). SNA 2013 combines the SNA Research Conference, the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA State Officer's Conference, the Annual SNA Business Meeting, and this new regional marketplace to deliver one unparalleled event – all under one roof.

     

    SNA 2013 will bring together the most forward thinking industry leaders, researchers, growers, manufacturers, distributors, landscapers and retailers from across the Southeast to share ideas, learn new techniques, address key industry issues, and locate new products.

     

    The vision for the new marketplace specifically addresses the needs of the industry by creating a regional marketplace in the Southeast and will feature the best plants and related garden products. The product mix will include ornamental trees and shrubs, color, related landscape and outdoor living products, garden gifts and accessories, seasonal products, and more. The event is expected to bring together more than 3,000 industry professionals and draw the top growers and manufacturers from across the region.

     

    Meister Media’s Today's Garden Center is the official media sponsor of SNA 2013 and will produce an educational track geared specifically to retail garden centers. The Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) will produce educational tracks for both growers and landscapers. Other components of education will be the SNA Research Conference, spotlighting the latest horticultural research on hundreds of topics in thirteen categories, and the Southern Plant Conference, offering a unique opportunity for both growers and retailers to learn from other industry professionals and discover new production techniques and the hottest new plants coming to market soon.

     

    “The earlier announcement of the August 2013 event has received a very positive response and a number of industry members have already committed to participation,” said Karen Summers, Executive Vice President of SNA. “The support of Today’s Garden Center as a media sponsor will provide the perfect vehicle to propel this highly-anticipated event and promote buyer participation. We are excited about launching this new regional event to connect the industry here in the Southeast,” she added.

     

    The GICC, conveniently located adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and minutes from downtown Atlanta, is Georgia’s newest and second largest convention center featuring more than 400,000 SF of meeting space – all on one level. The ATL SkyTrain, a free light rail train linking the GICC to the airport and rental car center, coupled with excellent transportation connections from across the U.S., and a wide array of affordable nearby hotels (including two new Marriott properties on the GICC campus) and restaurants offers participants added convenience.

     

    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.

     

    More details of SNA 2013 will be released in the weeks to come. For further 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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  • 27 Aug 2012 5:44 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, Ga., August 27, 2012 – The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The $1,500 awards, totaling $18,000, were presented to:


    Jared Barnes – North Carolina State University

    Johanna Cricenti – Virginia Tech

    Cody Gilstrap – University of Arkansas - Fayetteville (Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship)

    Jason Lattier – North Carolina State University

    Eric Limbird – Middle Tennessee State University

    William Mears – University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

    Justin Menke – University of Kentucky

    Irene Palmer – North Carolina State University

    Deanna Reid            – Ferrum College

    Elizabeth Riley – North Carolina State University

    Jacob Shreckhise – Virginia Tech (Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship)

    Adrienne Smith – University of Florida (Robert L. VanLandingham 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 pool of nearly 30 well-qualified applicants.


    “Congratulations to this exemplary group of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated determination and a passion for horticulture,” said Danny Summers, Executive Vice President of the fund. “These scholarship awards will help lighten their financial load as they pursue their careers and I am confident each of these students will make an effective and positive contribution to our industry. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as they complete their studies,” he added.


    To date, a total of $419,500 has been awarded since the fund was established. The fund’s current assets are now more than $750,000. Seven named funds have been pledged: the Carolina Weed Science Fund, the Dr. James & Faye Foret Fund, the Richard J. “Dick” Hackney Fund, Sr. Fund, the Lee C. Howell Fund, the Arthur A. “Buck” Jones Fund, the Art & Millie Lancaster Fund, and the Robert L. VanLandingham Fund. The financial support offered by the fund has allowed many students the opportunity to begin or continue to work toward their educational goals.


    Created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is a 501 (c) 3 corporation providing scholarships to students in sixteen southeastern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – pursuing a career in horticulture. The scholarship is dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders, the late Sidney B. Meadows, who was an avid supporter of student scholarships and believed that providing aid for students was an important way to ensure the growth and development of all facets of the industry.

    The fund derives its income from individual and corporate contributions and is governed by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund board of directors.


    Applications for 2013 scholarships will be available on the fund’s website (www.sbmsef.org) in early January. Those interested in receiving scholarship information or the latest fund news can subscribe to the automated information system on the fund’s website.


    More information on the 2012 scholarship recipients can be found at www.sbmsef.org. In the coming months the site will feature a review of previous scholarship winners, their current status and contributions to the horticulture industry.


    For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund forward your inquiry to PO Box 801513, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.813.1880, info@sbmsef.org or visit www.sbmsef.org.

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