R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Inc.,was presented with the 2008 SNA Environmental Leadership Award at the Southern Nursery Association's annual tradeshow and Past President's Awards Gala on Aug. 9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
The Environmental Leadership Award was established in 1999 by the SNA board of directors to recognize outstanding leadership in the environmental field within the agriculture and horticulture industries.
On hand to accept the prestigious award were brothers Tommy and Mike Dudley along with other family members.
Dudley Nurseries is owned and operated by the Dudley family of Thomson, consisting of Mary Etna Dudley, her sons Tommy and Mike Dudley and their families. The nursery was founded in 1946 by R. A. Dudley. In 1970, H.T. "Pete" Dudley purchased the nursery and in the mid-1970s Pete's sons, Tommy and Mike, joined the business. Tommy and Mike are the third generation to run Dudley Nurseries.
Today the family owns 763 acres but most of the land is undeveloped timber. The nursery operations utilize 325 acres of the total land, including 173 acres of irrigated bed space. Dudley Nurseries is a wholesale grower and supplier of container ornamental trees and shrubs.