The Southern Nursery Association (SNA), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., has announced preliminary plans for an event in 2013. Scheduled for August 5 to 7, 2013 at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC), this event will combine the SNA Research Conference, the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA State Officer’s Conference and the Annual SNA Business Meeting to deliver one event under one roof.
The GICC, conveniently located adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and minutes from downtown Atlanta, is Georgia’s newest and second largest convention center, featuring more than 400,000 SF of meeting space one level. The ATL SkyTrain, a free light rail train linking the GICC to the airport and the rental car center and the GICC station, as well as a wide array of nearby hotels (including two new Marriott properties on the GICC campus) and restaurants.
This new regional event will bring together the green industry’s leaders, researchers, growers, manufacturers, distributors, landscapers and retailers from across the southeast to share ideas, learn new techniques, address key industry issues and locate new products.
Meister Media/Today’s Garden Center will be the official media sponsor of the event and will offer an educational program geared specifically to retail garden centers. In addition to the educational and networking opportunities, another component of the event will provide industry growers and suppliers an opportunity to promote and showcase their products through various levels of sponsorship. These levels of sponsorship include a variety of channels of advertising, product presentations and display space.
Already, a number of industry members have committed to participation and expectations are high. “The response to this long-awaited event has received widespread positive reaction,” says Karen Summers, executive vice president of SNA. “This clearly indicates a strong industry need and a high level of confidence. SNA has a long history of producing successful events, and I am confident this will be another formula for success. We are excited about working with Today’s Garden Center to bring this event to the industry.”
For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., at PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101. Interested parties can also call 678-809-9992, eMail [email protected] or visit the SNA website at SNA.org.