Southern Nursery Association has announced it is launching a new show, SEGreen, which will focus on the needs of landscapers, growers, and garden retailers. However, it will not be hosting its SNA tradeshow, which the association brought back in 2013 after a multi-year hiatus. The new event will be held at the Classic Center in Athens, GA, on Aug. 30 to Sep. 1.
SEGreen will have a tradeshow, or “marketplace,” similar to SNA’s tradeshow. But the education will be significantly different. “With seven career tracks, 44 speakers, and 50 sessions, there’s something for everyone! Full of takeaways, these sessions offer hands-on training, innovative ideas, and sound, practical advice for both personal and business growth and development,” SNA’s announcement of the event states
A series of topic-intensive conferences and educational events will be held simultaneously. They include:
- SEGreen Plant Conference
- SEGreenLandscape Design Workshops
- GCLP eview and Hands-On Exam
- GSWCC Level 1A Fundamentals Seminar
- SNA Research Conference
- SNA VISIONtalks
- SEGreen Tours
SEGreen Plant Conference. “Ten of the industry’s top plant experts will share their knowledge and expertise during this two-day conference,” SNA’s announcement says. “Internationally recognized plantsmen, Don Shadow, SNA past president, and Dr. Michael Dirr, author and retired professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia, will moderate the sessions featuring an impressive list of authors, botanical garden directors, breeders, geneticist, horticulturists, professors, and world travelers. The SEGreen Plant Conference provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse of exciting new plants coming to market, with focus on new and superior cultivars, the most resistant, prolific blooming, superior shape or habit, and the most interesting flower or foliage.”
SEGreen Landscape Conference “provides the perfect platform for the landscaper to gain valuable knowledge and expand their business. This new conference offers six tracks in Career Advancement, Business Expansion, Integrated Pest Management, Environment & Design, Landscape Design, and Landscape Pro Certification,” SNA’s announcement says. “Topics include plant selection, estimating, design and installation, pruning, pest management, turf management, equipment safety and maintenance, irrigation installation, and more. Thirty-four of the industry’s top experts in their field will share their knowledge and expertise during this two-day conference.”
SNA Research Conference. “The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is held annually and is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference, and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry,” SEGreen’s site states.
SEGreen VISIONtalks. A moderated discussion focused on bringing you vision and insight for the future.
SEGreen Tours. Garden, nursery and retail tours will be held on August 30
GCLP eview and Hands-On Exam. “The Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (GCLP) program is a voluntary testing program that certifies those in the landscape profession who have mastered a thorough knowledge and understanding of job skills required to be successful in the industry,” SEGreen’s site states.
GSWCC Level 1A Fundamentals Seminar. “The Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission Level 1A Fundamentals Seminar is a one-day course designed to train contractors, builders, developers, site superintendents, grading and utility contractors, and monitoring consultants in the proper installation, maintenance, and inspection of BMPs on construction sites,” SEGreen’s site states.