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April 18, 2022

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Sidney B. Meadows fund increases scholarship funding

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund is announcing an increase in this year’s awards to $2,000 for each scholarship to be awarded in 2022 (up from $1,500 in recent years), with the projection to still award up to 12 total scholarships.

All eligible horticulture students in their junior, senior or graduate years of study are encouraged to apply for this year’s scholarship. Students may be attending institutions across the United States but must be residents of the 16 Southeastern states. The deadline for application is May 27, 2022. The Scholarship Selection Committee will make its selections by August 1, 2022 and recipients will be notified soon thereafter.

J. Berry Nursery announces new partnership

With the ongoing mission of “Creating Beauty that Inspires,” J. Berry Nursery announces its new licensing partnership with PlantHaven International, Inc. The licensing agreement improves access to popular genetics, like Black Diamond Crape Myrtles, Déjà Bloom Azaleas, Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus, Emerald Empire Crape Myrtles and Season to Season Gardenias, among others.

“We have had a great relationship with PlantHaven for many years as a licensed grower,” says Jim Berry, co-owner and founder of J. Berry Nursery. “I’m extremely proud to have PlantHaven represent J. Berry genetics and brands to their customers. Their influence, reputation and credibility within the nursery industry is stellar. Our cooperation will lead to many opportunities for consumers, growers, landscapers and, of course, for those who seek the best as they do business.”

Floral pros gather in D.C. for SAF’s congressional action days

Nearly 70 members of Congress and their staffs heard from floral professionals in Washington D.C. on March 29 about the industry’s need for labor reform, access to duty-free product and more funds for cutting-edge floriculture research.

Stakeholders with ties to the industry met virtually and in person with legislators and their staffs during the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) 42nd annual Congressional Action Days.