See You at SNA 2013 - August 5-7!

I hope you had a nice and restful 4th of July, as I did. We have had plenty of rain during the last week or so, and really all summer long as I think of it. It has been hot here some, but just the normal summertime hot. And hot and wet is much better than hot and dry.


My younger brother lives in Houston, Texas (there is a Houston in Mississippi for those of you with only a rudimentary knowledge of Mississippi geography) and he sent me a text Saturday before last to say it was 106 degrees there. Not 106 heat index, 106 degrees. I wouldn’t wish that off on anybody.


I would like to call your attention not to a plant at the moment, but to an event. Coming up in just under a month we will have the first Southern Nursery Association trade show in more than 4 years. The exact dates are August 5th – 7th  and it’ll be held at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Georgia. I haven’t been there myself yet, but I know it’s down near the airport, away from the downtown area.


The marketplace will be held in conjunction with the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference and the State Officers Conference. To be sure, it is a slimmed-down, streamlined version of its former self, but so are most of our businesses. I have heard some nay-saying regarding this revival, I’ve probably uttered a few nays myself about it, but I think it’s time for us to pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and move ahead. You’ve heard me say before, just recently in fact, that if you always do what you always did you’ll always get what you always got (yep, that’s why we’re growing bananas now). If for no other reason than that, you will find me – complete with a display – at the show this year.


If you’re interested in finding out more, and I can’t imagine you wouldn’t by now, you can call or e-mail me. If you want factual information you can visit the SNA website at to get all the details. If you want to know the latest and greatest with the goings on of the nursery industry and to associate with the survivors, make plans to be in attendance. I hope to see you there!

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