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Our primary goal as a network of professional nursery growers, landscapers, garden centers and others interested in horticulture, is to provide educational opportunities to members as well as support in terms of public knowledge of what we do. From our inception we have been dedicated to promoting the professional standards of our industry, and continue as a recognizable symbol of quality to our colleagues and the consumers we serve.
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The Fourth Annual Charles E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Taylor Tinsley

This year’s recipient of the Fourth Annual Charles E. Wilson Memorial Scholarship is Taylor Tinsley. Taylor was awarded the scholarship at KNLA's Summer Outing on September 5 at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, KY. Taylor is a freshman at Murray State University majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in marketing. Taylor is the daughter of Chad and Tammy Tinsley. Taylor has worked at Rock House Farms and worked in the landscaping department planting and maintaining lawn and bedding plants, weeding, and mowing. She currently works at Tinsley Farms – a family owned farm raising livestock. Taylor has been a member of the FFA for the last your years and serviced a chairperson, junior and senior reporter and was also involved with the FFA Greenhouse and Agriculture Sales. Each year FFA members grow and sale bedding plants and hanging plants. All sales benefit the FFA scholarship fund, FFA activities and planned trips. Taylor also participated in the Lady Golf Varsity Team the last 3 years at Logan County High School. Taylor’s awards include: • Gifted and Talented for Leadership • Honorary Kentucky Colonel • FFA Regional Impromptu Speaking – Sheep • FBLA Computer Skills Regional (She served as Vice President her senior year in high school) • Kentucky High School Athletic Association – Academic All-State – Golf Taylor’s community activities include Relay For Life of Logan County and The Food Pantry in Logan County for the last four years. For her volunteer work with Relay for Life, she was given the title of Honorary Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear. She lives in a rural community where hunger is an issue for many families. The food pantry where she volunteers, she collects can food items to feed approximately 450 families a month. Taylor’s goal is to graduate college with a degree in Agribusiness and a Minor in Marketing. Once she graduates, she would like to work with leaders in the agriculture industry and gain first-hand knowledge of the business of agriculture. She would also like to use her marketing degree to promote agriculture as more than just a cash crop, she wants to share how agriculture can help with bio fuel technology and in the medical field. Her overall goal is to be elected as the first female Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky.

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Congratulations to Joseph Hillenmeyer for Receiving David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 SNA Awards. The awards was presented at the Annual SNA Business Meeting on August 7, 2013 at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. The SNA Awards Program began in 1956, when the late John B. Wight, Sr., suggested to the officers of the Southern Nursery Association that an award be offered annually to the person of their selection who, in their opinion, had contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., this award, considered the young nursery person of the year award, is presented each year to recognize qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. The recipient must be 39 years of age or younger and must be a member of his/her state nursery association. Nominations are made by the State Associations within the SNA region with the final selection by the SNA Board of Directors. This year's recipient of the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is Joseph B. Hillenmeyer, Joseph Hillenmeyer Garden Design, Lexington, KY, who was born into a family with a horticulture tradition that dates back to the 1700's in France and Germany. Joseph's great-great-great grandfather, Francis Xavier Hillenmeyer, came to America in 1838 after training at the famous Baumann Brothers Nursery in France. His arrival set into motion what has now been six generations of his family in the horticutlure industry in Lexington. He grew up in Lexington, leaving in 1993 to attend The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. After graduation, he worked with Don Shadow at Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, a nationally recognized horticulturist noted for his work in developing new cultivars of ornamental plants. In 1996 Joseph traveled to New Zealand where he worked as the horticulturist at a horse farm and interned at a perennial nursery. His next trip took him to Western Turkey where he worked at the well-known Karaca Arboretum outside of Istanbul. This is where he was really able to begin forming comprehensive ideas about garden design and thinking about organic connections between the garden and the home. Joseph has now returned to Lexington where he began his own garden design firm in 2001. Since then he has had the opportunity to continue to travel the world and the U.S. studying garden design and horticulture.

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