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  • 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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  • 03 Aug 2012 11:08 AM | Danny Summers (Administrator)

    Saving $$ on Your Company’s Phone Bill


    Every business today needs to continue to cut costs wherever possible and at the same time do a better job communicating with customers (or prospects). The following two questions will determine if this article can help you…

    1.     Do you have (or is it available) high-speed internet service at your business? (Most require DSL, cable or fiber-optic service.)
    2.     Are you still paying a local phone company for regular phone lines, including fax lines?

    If you answered yes to both of these, the following information could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year … and give you new options to give your customers the best service possible!


    Voice Over IP or “VoIP”

    This is a relatively new type of voice communications that has been expanding over the last 10+ years. VoIP stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol.” Because your voice and fax service rides over your internet service, it is very important to have high-speed internet. Of course, this rules out many in rural areas (sorry folks).


    Here’s an overly simplified explanation of how this works. You subscribe to a VoIP service (there are a number of companies available to choose from today (see end of this article for a comparison of just some). You can elect to have both your voice and fax service all tied into the same setup. Or, you could just shift your fax service over.  The more you switch, the more you will save. With the service, the VoIP supplier gives you an internet connection to their phone/fax system. They may supply you with a small modem-style device that hooks into your internet and you can connect regular phone or fax to it, or you can buy new VoIP-ready phones (even multi-line devices) that are programmed to connect to their system. The VoIP supplier becomes your phone network, including voicemail, call forwarding, etc., all controlled by you over a web page interface. It's really pretty easy. We all have seen the “Magic-Jack”  or Vonyage ads on TV in recent months. That’s an example of a single line version VoIP for home or small business use.


    Here’s a Few Examples of VoIP that has helped us: 

    We, here at Summers & Associates, decided to go with a company called VOIPO (http://www.voipo.com).  Here’s what we paid and what we get:  We were able to take advantage of a special offer of around $130 (plus tax) for a two-year service. We get one phone number. It can be either a local number you choose, an 800 number you choose, of your current phone number (if it can be “ported” to take with you… the service will check for you). With the one phone number we actually get two voice lines riding on the same number, that means two calls can happen at the same time, in or out.  This includes unlimited calls (in/out) to USA/Canada. For another $36/year we get a “virtual number” which becomes our fax number. All in-bound faxes are sent to an email address of our choice as a PDF attachment.  So, in this case our cost for two (2) voice lines and one (1) fax line was less than $180 for THE ENTIRE YEAR. For our clients such as SNA or the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, we have 2 virtual lines for each, one for voice and one for fax at $36 each per year. The voice line is routed to our regular Summers & Associates number and the fax is emailed to the email of our choice. That’s $72+ tax FOR ONE YEAR. That includes unlimited minutes and faxing. What a deal! And (we sound like a “vegi-matic” commercial here...), checking the VOIPO website today reveals they are again offering a limited time special… GET 2 YEARS for $129! (A similar offer to what we got.)


    Another example is one of our wholesale nursery clients that needed a better way of faxing their availability list to about 40% of their customers. They have DSL for internet service and have been paying both a monthly charge for their regular fax line and extra for so many long-distance minutes per month.  For this company, we chose RingCentral’s (http://www.ringcentral.com) fax service. They paid $49.99 plus tax for a new unlimited fax service with an 800# and also “ported” their old number to RingCentral. With this setup, they will email their availability to their fax customers by sending one email with the availability as an attachment through RingCentral’s fax server. They subscribed to an unlimited fax minutes offer, so no extra per page costs. And now, when they receive a fax on either their new 800 number or their old fax number it is sent to an email address within the company. In this case, more than one person sees the email, even on their smartphone. Oh, by the way, the grower has now cancelled their regular fax line with their old phone company nearly offsetting the $50+ monthly cost. Net results: saving over three (3) hours of fax preparations per week, all fax customers get the availability quickly and better customer response on receiving their faxed orders or inquiries… all this while saving $$ monthly.


    Your challenge:  How much are you spending (in labor or costs) for your phone and fax systems today? These are just a couple examples of VoIP services out there today. Which one you choose depends on your needs; however, you should consider moving at least a portion of your communications to VoIP and save some dollars!


    One additional note:  The old saying “you never want all your eggs in one basket” applies here too for your business phone/fax communications. So, best practices would guide you to have at least one regular phone line, in case your internet service goes down. With VoIP services, if your internet services goes down, your receiving system (voicemail and fax) for receiving, just like your email servers, are in the cloud and not at your office, so when your internet is back up, any messages or faxes will be there waiting for you. And, if the system options allow, you may have gotten all this on your smartphone already!


    For more information: Following are links to a couple of comparison charts on just some of the VOIP providers. Be sure to check out each site for special offers! If we can share more details of what we have done for Summers & Associates or SNA, just give us a call at the SNA Office: 678-809-9992.  And remember, when you call you will be experiencing the SNA’s $36/year voice line!


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  • 25 Jul 2012 11:05 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Dr. Bonnie Appleton, retired professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, Extension nursery specialist for the Virginia Cooperative Extension and author, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

    Appleton received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Delaware and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1985 where she was based at the Hampton Roads Agriculture Research and Extension Center. She was instrumental in the development of the department’s off-campus graduate degree program. She was an instructor of many graduate classes and a major advisor to more than 60 master’s degree students.

    In 2006, Appleton was recognized for her dedication to teaching excellence and her positive impact on students’ lives by sharing her love of horticulture with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

    In 2010, she was honored with the "professor emerita" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title is conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President.

    Appleton's passion for horticulture was recognized throughout her career. Her list of honors (since 2000) can be found at http://www.ckota.org/2010conference/speakers.html.

    Bonnie was an active contributor to the SNA Research Conference for more than 20 years, presenting numerous research papers (1991 - 2010).

    Her family is honoring her wishes. There will be no memorial service and her ashes will be scattered over the Chesapeake Bay. Her Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension family will plant a tree in her honor at the AREC this fall. Correspondence can be addressed to her parents.

    Fred and Bobbie Appleton
    100 O'Brien Court
    Suffolk, VA 23434

    Donations in her memory can be made to the Master Gardener Coordinator Endowment or a charity of your choice.

    Virginia Master Gardener Coordinator Endowment
    http://www.hort.vt.edu/mastergardener/#
    under the MG Program tab

    VNA Horticulture Research Foundation, Inc.
    800.476.0055
    research@vnla.org




    Related Links:
    http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2010/09/092210-cals-appleton.html
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