SNA eNews
Nov. 21, 2013

58th SNA Research Conference Proceedings available
The 58th Annual SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been compiled and is now available online at This 343 page proceedings is searchable, downloadable and printable, and is provided free to the industry. The 2013 proceedings includes 13 sections of the latest horticultural research on Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing, Engineering, Structures and Innovations, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Growth Regulators, Landscape, Plant Pathology and Nematology, Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Plant Propagation, Water Management and Weed Control. Sixty-one titles were presented by 174 authors from 15 states and Mexico. The publication can be found here.More

SNA announces 2013 award recipients
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 SNA Awards. Dr. Nick Gawel, director of the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, Tenn., received the Slater Wight Memorial Award; Joseph B. Hillenmeyer, Joseph Hillenmeyer Garden Design, Lexington, Ky., received the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award; Gary L. Stover, Stover Manufacturing, Port Orange, Fla., received the SNA Pinnacle Award; Saunders Brothers, Inc., Piney River, Va., and Dr. John Lea-Cox, University of Maryland received the SNA Environmental Award; SNA Honorary Member Awards were presented to Wilbur C. Mull, founder of Classic Groundcovers in Athens, Ga. and Dr. Carl E. Whitcomb, author, lecturer, researcher and consultant, of Stillwater, Okla; John W. Olive, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., received the Porter Henegar Memorial Award; and the 2013 recipient of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence is Rick Crowder, Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, N.C.More

Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund awards $18,000 to 12 Students
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; Jamie Felipe — Auburn University; Lauren Gragg — North Carolina State University; Laura Kaderabek — North Carolina State University; Daniel Leonard — University of Florida at Milton (Dr. James & Faye Foret Scholarship); Julienne NeSmith — University of Florida; David Roberts — North Carolina State University (Robert L. VanLandingham Scholarship); James Rockwell — Virginia Tech (Art & Millie Lancaster Scholarship); Andrew Scruggs — North Carolina State University; Kimberly Shearer — North Carolina State University; Kevin Trostel — Middle Tennessee State University and Sanford Wooten — North Carolina State University.

To date, a total of $437,500 has been awarded since the fund was established. The fund's current assets are now more than $800,000. 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. For more information on the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund visit the fund's website at More

All-America Selections announces both regional and national winners for 2014
All-America Selections (AAS) judges have again finished a rigorous year of trialing and now the AAS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the newest AAS Winners. For the first time in AAS history, the organization is recognizing regional performance and granting an AAS Regional Winner designation. More

Remembering Robert Nelson Gerdes
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Robert Gerdes, Sr., who passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10. Bob served as ONLA President in 1971 and has had a tremendous influence not only on the horticulture industry in Oklahoma, but on the many, many people who knew and worked with him. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 15 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Shawnee, Okla.More

Expect some nursery stock shortages for spring 2014
Today's Garden Center
A few retailers reported to Today's Garden Center that they are having trouble sourcing some nursery stock for spring 2014, and nurseries confirm they are expecting some stock shortages in spring 2014.More

Handle an audit
Greenhouse Management
What do you do when the uncle sam comes calling? OFA and ANLA have received reports suggesting that the Internal Revenue Service is stepping up audit activity of nursery growers. Tax compliance can be particularly tricky for growers, because special rules apply to agricultural enterprises, such as when and how inventory is valued.More

2 big changes that helped Greenscape Gardens see another good year
Lawn & Garden Retailer
It's always nice to hear, "We are just thrilled about the way this season has gone and we are very excited about the fall season because the momentum is quite strong," from a retailer in the middle of July. Thrilled is Jennifer Schamber and her Greenscape Gardens staff. At the time of that comment, Greenscape was up 7 percent over last year in all major departments. Here are two major changes that benefited this suburban St. Louis retailer.More

Smart water savings
American Nurseryman
A team of University of Georgia researchers has been able to reduce container nurseries' water usage by 70 percent, as a result of new breakthroughs in computer-linked soil moisture sensors. And the strategies they employed can be applied in nurseries across the country.More

ANLA and HRI hire Research Team
Greenhouse Product News
The American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Horticultural Research Institute, ANLA's research affiliate, have hired the staff team that will provide leadership to the organizations' research efforts on behalf of the horticulture industry.More

Protect irrigation equipment from winter damage
Nursery Management
Often next year's irrigation startup problems are winter damage that can be prevented. Inspection of the system now allows you to make improvements and repairs in the less costly off season and get irrigation problems out of the way for spring planting season when everyone is busyMore

5 mistakes you may be making with biocontrols
Greenhouse Grower
Starting a biocontrols program is a learning process and if there's one thing for sure, it's that you will make some mistakes. Here are five mistakes many growers encounter when they start with biocontrols.More

By the people, for the people
Lawn & Landscape
Imagine a large white board, your staff and an open invitation to share "what's wrong" with your company. Eileen Michaels, owner and general manager of A Yard & A Half Landscaping in Waltham, Mass., leads a rap session like this at least once each year. The perspective she gains from staff sometimes sparks new initiatives, and always results in improving the way her 25-year-old firm operates.More