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SNA Gains Major Media Sponsors for SNA 2015

06 May 2015 10:26 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced GIE Media will be a Media Sponsor for SNA 2015. GIE Media, through their industry publications (Nursery Management, Garden Center, Greenhouse Management, and Lawn & Landscape) will provide promotional support for SNA 2015.

Scheduled for July 21-23, 2015, at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), SNA 2015 is a fusion of The Southern Plant Conference (July 21), the SNA Research Conference (July 21-22), the 117th Annual SNA Business Meeting (July 23), the SNA State Officer's Conference (July 24), and the SNA Regional Marketplace (July 22-23) and provides the perfect platform for networking, learning, sourcing, launching new products, and cultivating new business relationships.

The SNA Regional Marketplace 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 draw more than 2,000 breeders, growers, retailers, landscapers, researchers, manufacturers, distributors, and service providers from across the Southeast.

“SNA has a long history of uniting the green industry, much like GIE Media. We are excited to partner with SNA giving the show heightened visibility, and our readers access to top quality programming and products,” GIE’s Publisher, Jim Gilbride, said.

SNA’s Executive Vice President, Karen Summers said, “We are very excited to have GIE Media join Meister Media as a sponsor of SNA 2015! Their multi-dimensional reach will no doubt help us engage a broader audience through their print and digital media readership of more than 100,000 industry professionals.”

Dr. Charlie Hall, economist and professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M University and also holder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, will deliver the keynote at SNA 2015 presenting a preview of economic and structural trends impacting the green industry in 2016. Special educational sessions, presented by the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) will include topics on collections law basics, breeding landscape plants with ecological function, how to get the employees you need, invasive non-native plant control, how to take advantage of free horticultural, and wireless sensors research.

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 growers, landscapers, and retailers to learn from other industry professionals and discover new production techniques and the hottest new plants coming to market. This year’s speaker lineup includes 17 of the industry’s top plant experts from across the country.

The purchase of an SNA 2015 Name Badge will provide retailers with a special opportunity to access AmericasMart Atlanta during SNA Day @ AmericasMart on Tuesday, July 21. AmericasMart Atlanta is the nation’s only global wholesale marketplace housing the world’s single-largest collection of home, gift, area rug and apparel merchandise. Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than seven million square feet of space and more than 1,400 showrooms.

The GICC, venue for SNA 2015, offers convenience for attendees. A world-class airport, connected to a world-class convention center, surrounded by leading brand hotels, at the edge of a world-class city. And, the ATL SkyTrain, a free light rail train, links the GICC to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and car rental center.

SNA 2015 is sponsored by Georgia Green Industry Association, Meister Media (Today’s Garden Center), GIE Media (Nursery Management, Garden Center, Greenhouse Management, and Lawn & Landscape), R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Haviland Plastic Products, Martin’s Nursery, Nursery Supplies, HIP Labels, Plant Development Services, GreenForest Nursery, Bennett’s Creek Nurseries and Lancaster Farms.

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 SNA 2015 Brochure, including all program information is available on the SNA website at For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992,


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