SNA eNews
Jul. 3, 2014

Don't Miss Steinhardt on the Economy at SNA 2014
Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund titan, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist, will address the SNA 2014 General Session on Wednesday, July 23, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., the opening day of the SNA Regional Marketplace. Coined Wall Street's greatest trader, Steinhardt will also be a featured speaker at The Southern Plant Conference on Tuesday, July 22. So, while Steinhardt is talking plants at The Southern Plant Conference, we couldn't miss the opportunity to get his insight on the economy and how our industry should position their businesses moving forward. All SNA 2014 attendees are invited to attend this casual interview, hosted by Carol Miller, Today's Garden Center. The SNA 2014 General Session is included with an SNA 2014 Name Badge registration.More

SNA 2014 Hotel Blocks Extended to July 9
SNA 2014 Hotel Blocks have been extended through July 9. If you haven’t made your reservation do it today! We've negotiated great rates and special offers for you, so why stay anywhere else? Take advantage of special deals at Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hyatt properties including reduced or free parking, internet, food & beverage discounts and bonus rewards points. Cutoff for all hotels is July 9. Hotel reservations are managed by ONPEAK – our Official Housing Partner. Make your SNA 2014 hotel reservations now.More

The 13th Southern Plant Conference Speaker Schedule Released
The 13th SOUTHERN PLANT CONFERENCE, sponsored by HIP Labels and Plant Development Services, will feature a stellar cast of speakers, and now you can download the SPEAKER SCHEDULE to make certain you don't miss a moment as the brightest minds in horticulture come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. This is a RARE opportunity you won't want to miss! Eight hours of action-packed, eye-opening drama in a room filled with 15 of the industry's top plant experts sharing their vast knowledge and latest discoveries of the hottest new plants. Hold on to your hats for this extraordinary experience as world renown plantsman Don Shadow orchestrates this unique symphony. There's nothing quite like it!More

Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 and your name will be entered into a drawing to Win an iPad mini! In addition, two lucky winners will have a chance to Win an iPad in an on-site drawing. And, as an added bonus, parking is FREE for all attendees! Simply mention SNA 2014 to the parking attendant. For more details on SNA 2014 or to register visit More

Get Your Copy of the New Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops v 3.0
The Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops Version 3.0 is now available and for the first time it’s available online as a reference tool on the SNA website at The English version has been completed and uploaded to the SNA website. The Spanish version is expected to be online by the fall. Printed manuals (English) are available now. Printed Spanish versions of the manual will be available later this fall. Past versions have cost $75 (member) and $100 (non-member), but through funding provided by the USDA's Risk Management Association (RMA) in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois, the only cost for the printed manuals will be a small fee to cover shipping and handling. For pricing or to order your copy today, CLICK HERE. More

Welcome New Members
Karl Miller, Lark Label, Wichita, KS
Dale Pinney, Olaf Solutions, Metairie, LA

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SNA Career Network

The SNA Career Network is provided as a service to the industry. For current listings of open positions, follow the link provided. Got a job listing? We can list your position to help you find that perfect person! Simply email us at

Latest Listing
John Deere Landscapes is the nation's largest distributor of nursery, irrigation, outdoor lighting, landscape supplies, fertilizers, turf protection products, grass seed, turf care equipment, and golf course accessories. Our mission is to be the distributor of choice for green industry professionals. We currently employ more than 2,000 employees in over 400 locations throughout North America. More

SNA Industry Event Calendar
For a quick view of upcoming events hosted by SNA and other State and National Associations see the SNA Industry Events Calendar.More

Accepting Nominations for the ALNLA Horizon Award
Alabama - ALNLA
Nominations are being accepted for the ALNLA Horizon Award. The Horizon Award is given annual to recognize a qualified person for outstanding service in the field of horticulture. The recipient must be currently active in the Green Industry and should also be less than 36 years old or have been in the Green Industry eight years or less, regardless of age. The individual should be a progressive and innovative horticulturist holding active membership in the ALNLA. Nominations are due by Oct. 29, 2014. More

Accepting Nominations for the ALNLA Lifetime Achievement Award
Alabama - ALNLA
Nominations are being accepted for the ALNLA Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is given annual to recognize an individual who has contributed to the advancement of the Green Industry within the state of Alabama and to the welfare of the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association. The recipient must have been active in the Green Industry for 25 years or more and must be an active member of ALNLA. Nominations are due by Oct. 29, 2014.More

The Landscape Show
Florida - FNGLA
The Landscape Show, scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the Orlando Convention Center will feature nearly 450 industry vendors, educational programs, landscape awards and lots of other opportunities to connect, learn and grow your business. The Landscape Show offers a complete cast of plants, trees, palms, landscape equipment, hardscape products, irrigation, production equipment, business services and garden center supplies. More

Annual GGIA Round Up
Georgia - GGIA
The Annual GGIA Round Up will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in Athens, GA, at the beautiful Flinchum's Phoenix, just outside of town at the intersection of Milledge Ave and Whitehall Rd. This annual fund raising event was created for two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fundraising event which benefits the Partnership in Sustainability Program (PISP). Second, it allows us to thank the companies and individuals who support GGIA through their generous donations. As an added bonus, The Round-Up offers us the chance to visit in a relaxed atmosphere, have fun, and network with those who support the work of GGIA. More

Disease Alert — Boxwood Blight Found in Georgia
Georgia - GGIA
We have received notice from Jean Williams-Woodward that Boxwood Blight, or Box Blight, has been identified in two residential landscapes in Metro-Atlanta. The source of the introduction to one of the landscapes is unknown as new boxwood plants were not introduced into the landscape. The spores of the pathogen are very sticky and it is possible that the disease was introduced on worker’s tools or clothing. Plants within the second landscape were newly introduced from NC.More

Time for MNLA/KNLA Border Tour & Summers Conference
Missouri - MLNA
Register now for the annual MLNA Summer Conference. This year we join with our friends, Kansas Nursery & Landscape Association. Wednesday July 9 and Thursday July 10. Keynote speakers on timely topics that impact your business, networking opportunities, social fun, food and tours create a great learning event that will not be dull. Featured speakers are Dr. Charlie Hall, Dr. Raymond Cloyd and Dr. Cheryl Boyer. More

MLNA Extends Our Condolences
Missouri - MLNA
MLNA extends our condolences to the family of Tom 'Soupy' Smith of Jefferson City, MO. Tom and his family owned and operated Dix Nursery from 1951 to 2012 and were long MLNA members. The funeral was held Tuesday June 24 at 11 a.m. at the Freeman Chapel, 915 Madison Street in Jefferson City, MO.More

AAS Honors Two at Summer Summit in North Carolina
North Carolina - FloraCulture International
Dr. Allan Armitage was recently honored with the 2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Medallion of Honor. Armitage served as an AAS Flower Judge from 1983 until his retirement from the University of Georgia in 2013. The presentation took place during the annual Awards Banquet, held at the North Carolina Arboretum.More

2014 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show
Oklahoma - ONLA
Pre-registration is now open for the ONLA 2014 "Color Me Green" Convention and Trade Show, scheduled for Sept. 25-26 at the Cox Business Center, Tulsa, OK. ONLA Member pre-registration is FREE — $15 at the door. Non-member pre-registration is $10-$25 at the door. More

2014 Nursery/Landscape Expo
Texas - TNLA
Join us in San Antonio, Texas, August 14-16, 2014, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for the Nursery/Landscape Expo. See new products trends and take advantage of exclusive show specials with more than 1,100 exhibitor booths, gain CEUs with more than 20 education opportunities, meet up with old friends and make new ones. More

State of the Growing Media 2014
Greenhouse Management
These are some of the trends from this year's State of the Growing Media report. Here we provide you with a three-year comparison: 2012-2014. Since peat remains the prime growing media component, let's begin with peat.More

Garden Centers Share Their Starting Hourly Rates and Other Labor-Related Data
Today's Garden Center
Starting salaries at garden centers are generally more generous than many may think. And retailers are moving away from not filling previous jobs as a means of controlling costs. We were able to glean these insights on labor from more than 200 garden retailers from across the country who filled out this year's 2014 State of the Industry Survey.More

Learn How Landscapers Solve Their Worst Labor Problems and Get Better Clients
Lawn & Landscape
"Last fall, Lawn & Landscape convened our third-annual Power Panel, a candid discussion of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the landscape industry. I asked a group of smart and vocal contractors to sit down and give me some insight into their biggest challenges and how they're fixing them," writes Chuck Bowen.More

The Right Angles
Lawn & Garden Retailer
What is the newest shape in garden center retail for 2014? It's the triangle. While simple in shape, this three-sided symbol actually holds the key to both retail and wholesale success in the business of every garden industry participant — this season and beyond. In fact, as you will see, the wholesaler/retailer/consumer triangle is a critical new piece of the retail landscape in 2014 and will continue to grow in the years to come.More

Planting Garden Center Flowers Is Good for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects
Greenhouse Grower
Recently, some Internet and media sources have suggested that buying and planting flowers from your local garden center could be harmful to bees because traces of neonicotinoid insecticides were found in the leaves and flowers of plants randomly purchased from garden centers around the country. Although it is true that concentrations of more than 100 ppb of imidacloprid in nectar or pollen are toxic to honey bees, and lower concentrations (10 to 100 ppb) could affect their foraging behavior and immune response, the potential harm to pollinators in the yard and garden from buying and purchasing flowers from a garden center has been exaggerated.More

Is Rainfall Harvesting the Answer to Your Water Conservation Questions?
Nursery Management
Rain is nourishing, life giving, cleansing and renewing. And it's valuable. Especially if you're using it to supplement your irrigation. Rainwater harvesting is certainly a viable option for water conservation measures, but it takes planning, good infrastructure and a significant capital investment.More

Great Groundcover Shrubs
American Nursery
Groundcover plants tend to be problem-solvers. Stubborn bare spots? Tricky slopes? Perennial groundcovers often are the go-to plants that help to fill in where others fall short. But what if you're designing for a space that's quite large, or you want to add more year-round interest to the garden? In this situation, rather than an herbaceous plant, a groundcover shrub may be the solution for your landscape.More

LEDs vs. HPS lamps: A Reality Check
Greenhouse Product News
Light-emitting diodes are perceived as the hottest technology in controlled-environment crop production and certainly their future is bright. A recent study by ReportsnReports estimated the LED market for plant applications will be $3.6 billion by 2020, a nine-fold increase from 2013. LED products for plant growth applications are reaching hobbyists and home growers, commercial greenhouse growers and entrepreneurs who envision production of high-value specialty crops in completely enclosed environments.More