SNA eNews
Oct. 9, 2014

Ty Strode, Agri-Starts, Apopka, FL Awarded David E. Laird Memorial Award
This year's recipient of the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is Ty Strode, Vice President and Director of Marketing, Agri-Starts, Apopka, Florida. The nursery industry runs in Ty Strode's veins. Randy Strode, Ty's father, started Agri-Starts, a successful tissue culture laboratory, when Ty was a small child. It was not Ty's intention to go into the family business. He graduated in 2002 from the University of Central Florida with a degree in marketing and business and shortly thereafter decided to use his expertise to build a new website for the business. To develop the site, Ty spent three month visiting nurseries, photographing hundreds of plants, taking endless notes for descriptions and culture information and organized the details. In the process, Ty developed a deeper appreciation for plants and looked at the family business in a new light. By December of 2002, Ty had committed to full-time employment at Agri-Starts and was fully immersed in the business. He took on larger roles with marketing, sales, new business development, and managed to keep plants shipping out the door on schedule. Ty admits he is now officially a plant geek, constantly researching and collecting plants in his spare time.More

John Hoffman Presented Perennial Plant Association 2014 Service Award
SNA Member John Hoffman, president of Hoffman Nursery Inc., received the 2014 Service Award from the Perennial Plant Association at its annual symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio, in July. The award recognizes a member who contributed considerable time and effort to the organization and demonstrated leadership and outstanding service. More

IPM 2015 Visitor Tour
Are you planning on visiting the IPM Trade Show in Essen, Germany scheduled for Jan. 27-30, 2015? Plans are underway for a visitor tour to a local garden center and nursery for U.S. and Canadian visitors. The tour will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29. For more information, contact Karen Vogelsang at or 914.962.1310.More

2014 American Garden Award Winners Announced
After a summer of active voting, the 2014 American Garden Award Winners have been announced! The 2014 American Garden Award, now in its sixth year, featured four new flower varieties chosen by their breeders for their excellent garden performance. Once these new varieties were planted and put on display at the thirty-two participating gardens across the U.S. and Canada, the public was invited to vote for their favorite using one of several voting methods. The votes have been tallied and the three winners are: Grand Prize Winnter - Foxglove Digiplexis™ Illumination® Flame, Second Place - Petunia Sanguna® Radiant Blue, and Third Place - Celosia Arrabona Red.More

Connect with SNA Members
SNA provides you with a network of industry professionals to make your search for horticultural products and services easy. To locate a company or a person, Search the SNA Online Membership Directory. Or, to locate a product Search the SNA Member Products Directory. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us an email at, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help!More

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 ... General Manager, Wholesale Shrub Growing Operation, Flowerwood Nursery, Bushnell, FLMore

Horizon Award and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations Accepted through Oct. 29, 2014
Alabama - ANLA
Each year the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association selects a recipient for the Horizon Award and a recipient the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given annually at the ALNLA membership meeting during the Gulf States Horticultural Expo. If you know someone that you would like to nominate for either the Horizon Award or Lifetime Achievement Award, please click to download the respective files, fill it out, and mail it to the ALNLA office by Oct. 29, 2014.

The Industry Gains Momentum at The Landscape Show
Florida - FNGLA
Attendance at The Landscape Show, held September 25-27, 2014, in Orlando, FL was on the upswing and saw an overall increase of 800 registrants over last year, with the biggest jump in the landscape category. Final attendance was 6,982, just shy of the 7,000 mark. It was hard not to find positive energy as Florida and the U.S. economies improve. "There is new work going on out there, so plants, trees, equipment, and hard goods are back in demand," said Cindy Hall of EcoSolutions Marketing and chairwoman of the 2014 Landscape Show.More

GGIA's Metro Atlanta Chapter Meeting — Oct. 16 at MNI Direct in Marietta, GA
Georgia - GGIA
GGIA's newest chapter, based in Metro Atlanta, will be hosting our Fall Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 16 (5:30 p.m. tour and 6:30 p.m. meeting) at MNI Direct, 661 South Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA, 30060. Neil Tarver, Cobb County Extension Agent, will be the guest speaker presenting "The Label is the Law:" Reading Pesticide Labels and Keeping Records including the significance of following pesticide label instructions and what users can learn from it along with the basics about record keeping. This session qualifies for 1 CEU for Commercial Pesticide Applicators in Categories 21, 23, 24, & 27 and 1 CEU for Private Applicators. You do not need to be a GGIA member to attend.. Call 888-GET-INFO or or email Sherry Morris for more information or to register to attend.More

Get on the Bus for the Western Field Day to Greenleaf Nursery — Deadline for special rate is Oct. 10
Missouri - MNLA
Reserve your seat on the MLNA bus leaving Wednesday Oct. 15 heading for Greenleaf Nursery's Field Day Thursday, Oct. 16 with return the same day. Your hosts Kevin Effinger, Greenleaf Nursery & Mike Rood, Pea Ridge Forest will get you there and back. The bus is free compliments of the Western & Greenleaf. Wednesday lunch on the bus & soft drinks too. Don't miss a great opportunity to visit Greenleaf Nursery, visit with the Garden Debut plant breeders, and ride along with colleagues and friends.More

AmericanHort New Industry Advocacy Committee Named
AmericanHort's newly appointed Industry Advocacy Committee held its first "virtual" meeting on Sept. 22. The diverse committee includes perspectives of seasoned veterans and emerging leaders who share a commitment to the horticulture industry's success. The committee will develop the extent and manner in which AmericanHort pursues and implements actions to influence legislation, regulation, and public policy. It is one of only three standing committees in the new AmericanHort, underscoring the vital importance of advocacy work on behalf of our members. In its first meeting, the Committee discussed status of ongoing legislative, regulatory, and other policy initiatives and discussed priorities going forward. SEE WHO'S ON THE COMMITTEE.More

Don't Miss the IPPS-SRNA 2014 Conference Oct. 26-29
The International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region of North America will hold their annual meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Hickory, NC on Oct. 26-29,2014. A few of the tour stops are Cam Too Camellia Nursery, where they have a diverse collection of species and cultivar camellias and an IPM system to keep the plants clean and disease free, Buds and Blooms Nursery, which offers high quality Ericaceous plants deep in the heart of the Piedmont, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, where you can hear the latest research updates for Boxwood Blight ... and much more. Sunday night's Welcome Reception will be held at the Hickory Museum of Art.More

Clearing Up Some Fafard Confusion
Green Profit
Recently, we learned that Scotts Miracle-Gro's Canadian subsidiary has agreed to acquire Fafard and Brothers Ltd., a Quebec-based producer of peat moss and other peat-based garden items whose markets are mainly in eastern Canada. To be clear, this is not the Fafard of the Sun Gro Horticulture retail product line. Sun Gro purchased the Agawam, Massachusetts-based Conrad Fafard Inc. in 2012, which at the time was part of Syngenta. If you carry the Fafard brand of retail products from Sun Gro Horticulture, there’s no reason for any excitement or change of plans. Go about your business with them as you normally do. More

USDA Invests Nearly $118 Million to Support America's Specialty Crop Producers
Greenhouse Grower
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Oct. 2 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and horticulture and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and provide resources to strengthen American agriculture. Vilsack made the announcement in Florida.More

Yelp for Plants
Greenhouse Management
Mason Day describes his new horticultural app GrowIt! as a Yelp meets Instagram for plants. People across the country can post photos of plants and rate and review them, or "garden socially," as the app's tagline reads. That information is then shared with other app users in their area.More

Researchers Fight Invasive Grass with Goats
Nursery Management
Herbivores, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes, a new Duke University-led study finds. Phragmites australis, or the common reed, is a rapid colonizer that has overrun many coastal wetlands from New England to the Southeast. A non-native perennial, it can form dense stands of grass up to 10 feet high that block valuable shoreline views of the water, kill off native grasses and alter marsh function.More

A Fungus Among Us
Lawn & Landscape
Most people are already currently aware that the state of California is experiencing the worst drought in history, and our savvy followers also know that this has significant implications on both landscaping practices and the health and vigor of landscapes throughout the state. However, did you know that the drought can actually lead to an increase in fungal infections present in the trees in your landscape? Surprised? Keep reading to discover why.More

Green Industry Marketing: Small Is Smart
By Fred Berns
Little stuff counts. Little stuff is asking about Phase II of the project, before you start Phase I. It's writing a Facebook post about your new client. It's linking your email signature to your bio. It's networking at a meeting of local property managers. I call it playing small ball. Small ball is writing a blogpost. It's contacting a local TV producer with an idea for a story on teaching kids how to grow tomatoes. It's joining or starting a LinkedIn conversation on drought-resistant plants. Wanna play?More

Increasing Plant Height
Greenhouse Product News
The production of containerized floriculture crops often involves techniques to limit extension growth to produce compact plants. In some situations though, a grower may wish to increase plant height, such as when plants are too small for their container or to overcome an over-application of a plant growth retardant. There are numerous ways to promote extension growth, including changes to plant culture or the growing environment, or applying a plant growth regulator that includes gibberellic acid.More

Steal This Idea: Sponsor A Monthly Photo Contest
Today's Garden Center
Stutzmans Greenhouse and Garden Center shows community support by sponsoring a local, monthly photo contest. It began a partnership for the contest with the Great Bend Post, a newspaper in Great Bend, Kansas, where Stutzmans has a seasonal garden center. Since the contest began in May 2012, each month, readers submit up to five photos following a particular theme for that month. For example, the theme for August 2014 was vacations. The first, second and third place winners each receive a gift card for the garden center in the amount of $50, $30 and $20, respectively.More

Reporting for Heavy Duty
American Nurseryman
When we talk about heavy-duty equipment, we're not talking about monster trucks and Sherman tanks. What we're really concerned with is the everyday piece of machinery or attachment that's bigger than a mower and smaller than a semi. It's that reliable, go-to, versatile machine that sees a lot of action and gets the job done-over and over and over again. Size is not as important as stamina. We're talking about duty.More