About

img_5692Shannon, Owner of Shannon’s Garden Gallery, is a life-long artist, gardener, with special interests in native and edible/medicinal/utilitarian plants. She has slowly made the transition from garden designer/installer to garden writer/blogger, teacher, and lecturer (her back greatly appreciates the transition!).  

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Formal Education and Past Employment

  • Shannon graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 1987 with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Worked as a project engineer from 1987 to 1997 in process control and automation. Job objectives included drafting, panel design, power distribution layout, PLC programming, graphics design, job startup, end user training, software demos.
  • 2004 to Present -Owner of Shannon’s Garden Gallery
  • 1990 to 2004- Owner of Artistic Innovations, a mural & Trompe L’oeil company
  • 2001-2004 former Co-Owner of Eco-Terra Landscape Consultants.


Awards & Publications

    1. First place award winner for the 2007 Georgia Gems Garden Design Contest for the state of Georgia.Color Design & Plant List
    2. 1999 mural work was published in Beginnings of Interior Environment by Phyllis Sloan Allen, Miriam Stimpson, Lynn M. Jones
    3. Illustrator for Tara Dillard’s two books:
      The Garden View: Designs for Beautiful Landscapes
      Beautiful By Design:   Stunning Blueprints for Harmonious Gardens to be released April 2005
    4. June 25, 2004, AJC article on Shannon’s garden
      Well-engineered blend of nature blooms in Buford by Rebecca McCarthy
    5. October 7, 2004, Gwinnett Daily Post article on one of Shannon’s designs
      Serene Simplicity: Janpanese gardens offer escape in backyard by Steve Pettis
    6. Monthly contributions to the Georgia Gardening Magazine and State By State Gardening.
    7. Past contributions to Danny Flanders and Walter Reeve’s columns in the AJC garden sections
    8. 2003 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Landscape Division 1927793_1077526584885_7700_n
      (while co-owner of Eco-Terra Landscape Consultants; Shannon was the designer of the exhibit).

      1. Atlanta Botanical Garden Trustee’s Award for Best of Show for the small garden category-an exceptional exhibit which best exemplifies the goals of the Southeastern Flower Show”Clever, humorous theme well-orientated with many authentic Japanese elements and a Southern accent. Innovative use of American look-alikes for Japanese plants.”
      2. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society Medal for Best Execution of Design
        “An A+++ effort in research, design, and execution!”
      3. Men’s Garden Club Trophy of Atlanta for an exhibit of excellence
        using plants best suited for the Piedmont area.

        Masterful job using native plants in an Asian design. Attention to detail is exceptional.
      4. …And a blurb from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution February 8, 2003Go evocative: Eco-Terra Landscape Consultants’ garden shows just what’s possible using low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and native plants, all with an eye for detail rivaling that of a jeweler.”- Danny C. Flanders
    9. 2004 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Discovery Division 1927793_1077530064972_2667_n
      (Shannon was the designer for the Georgia Native Plant Society’s exhibit and Theresa Schrum, partner in crime :-))
      http://www.gnps.org/SEFS041.HTM

      1. Governor’s trophy
        Best in Show for Discovery Division for the educational exhibit of greatest distinction.
      2. Certificate of Excellence in Conservation – Garden Club of America,
        for an exhibit of exceptional merit which educates the public on conservation issues and promotes respect for natural resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship. This is a special panel award.
      3. Magnolia Garden Club Scholarship Award 
        for the exhibit created by an Academic institution that best exemplifies excellence in environmental education.
      4. Boxwood Garden Club Trophy 
        for the most year-round interest emphasizing the use of native Southeastern plants.
    10. 2005 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Landscape Division 1927793_1077516984645_2893_n
      (Shannon was the designer and assisted in the building building of the exhibit “Tea For Two: Can You Guess Who? ” for Unlimited Landscaping Inc for the Landscaping Division)

      1.  Atlanta Botanical Garden Trustee’s Award for Best of Show for the small garden category-an exceptional exhibit which best exemplifies the goals of the Southeastern Flower Show .
      2. Georgia Lighting Company Trophy for most distinctive and creative use of hardscapes in a garden.
      3. Robinson Whimsical Trophy for a garden that exhibits humor, fantasy, and/or whimsy and displays horticultural skill and beauty.
      4. Mayor’s Trophy: The People’s Choice Award for favorite landscape garden by vote of show attendees. 
    11. 2006 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Landscape Division 1927793_1077505104348_9054_n
      (Shannon assisted in the design and building of the exhibit “La Piazza del Mercado” for Unique Environmental for the Landscaping Division)

      1. Massachusett’s Horticultural Society Medal for Best Execution of Design
        Judges’ comments- “Plant material is visually complex without being overdone. The cobblestone design installation adds authenticity to the setting. Color and texture combinations of the plantings are exceptional. Tremendous attention to detail. Selection of architectural elements, doors, containers, and ironwork makes it a memorable experience. “
      2. Plants Garden Club Trophy for most creative interpretation of the theme.
        Judges’ comments- “Would that one, we could have had dinner at Bellinis!” Bellissimo!” ; “What a wonderful way to represent Italy. Well crafted, richly detailed, alive with color and water. This street scene made us want to purchase plane tickets. Represents the theme extremely well.”
      3. American Society of Landscape Architects Trophy- for best use of annuals and/or perennials as a design element. Judges’ comments- This garden is a sensory delight with exceptional hardscape details. Exquisite color harmonies are obtained through the use of well-grown annuals and perennials..Ann Lyon Crammond Trophy- for “the garden that invites you in”. Judges’ comments- o “la Piazza del Mercado” Very realistic and transports you to an Italian marketplace. Wonderful attention to finishing detail; cobblestone, moss in crevices, lace curtains, and patina of the walls. The tables and chairs along with running water invite you to stay..
      4. Mayor’s Trophy: The People’s Choice Award for favorite landscape garden by vote of show attendees.
    12. 2007 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Landscape Division 1927793_1077510944494_327_n
      (Shannon assisted in the design and building of the exhibit “”North Georgia with a French Accent ” for Unique Environmental for the Landscaping Division)

      1. Atlanta Botanical Garden Trustee’s Award for Best of Show for the large garden categoryan exceptional exhibit which best exemplifies the goals of the Southeastern Flower Show .Judges comments: Plant-rich design, enhanced by excellent garden lighting. Love the cyclists
      2. Massachusett’s Horticultural Society Medal for Best Execution of Design
        Judges’ comments-Whether a backyard garden or a major park, the success of this design is that it holds together as a complete unit. Great attention to detail. Water feature accenting succulent garden demonstrates impressive use of design and color principals. Great vistas from inside and outside the garden. Beautiful scale and form. Soothing color scheme with spectacular diversity. Lovely lighting of Japanese maples. Nice detail in antique tools. Multi-access points foster invitation to enter. Good touch with cold frames, appropriate to a French garden. Tour de France cyclists add an element of whimsy. This garden has it all- pathways, gardens, water feature, architectural elements, and an incredible amount of zip! 
      3. Bulkley Medal Garden Club of America- for a special exhibit in the fields of horticulture, botany or conservation. The exhibit must be one of exceptional educational merit that increases the knowledge and awareness of the viewing public. Judge’s comments: “This is an exceptional French garden from start to finish. Unique in the suitability of plant material, it is truly a “Tour de Force!”
      4. Lynn Dowden Trophy- for best use of water in a garden setting. Judge’s comments: The waterfall to the left of the house is so brilliantly done and so subtly conceived: don’t miss it!
      5. Ann Lyon Crammond Trophy- for “the garden that invites you in”Judge’s comments: “Cyclists coming down the hill will never get past this house without stopping to say “Bonjour!”
      6. Mayor’s Trophy: The People’s Choice Award for favorite landscape garden by vote of show attendees. 
    13. 2008 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Landscape Division 1927793_1077522344779_2002_n
      (Shannon assisted in the building of the exhibit “Elegance & Innovation” for Unique Environmental for the Landscaping Division)

      1. Atlanta Botanical Garden Trustee’s Award for Best of Show for the large garden categoryan exceptional exhibit which best exemplifies the goals of the Southeastern Flower Show .Judges comments: Plant-rich design, enhanced by excellent garden lighting. Love the cyclists
      2. Georgia Lighting Company Trophy for most distinctive and creative use of hardscapes in a garden
      3. Southern Living- Southern Accents Trophy for best designed Southern Garden. 
    14. 2009 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Landscape Division 1927793_1077498384180_9462_n
      (Shannon assisted in the building of the exhibit “”Simple Tranquility ” for Unique Environmental for the Landscaping Division)).

      1. Atlanta Botanical Garden Trustee’s Award for Best of Show for the Large garden category-an exceptional exhibit which best exemplifies the goals of the Southeastern Flower Show
      2. Charlotte Robertson Edwards Trophy The garden which maximizes a shady area
      3. Men’s Garden Club Trophy of Atlanta for an exhibit of excellence
        using plants best suited for the Piedmont area.
      4. Grace L. Hightower Trophy most distinguished woodland garden
      5. Southern Living Southern Accents Trophy best designed southern garden
      6.   Lynn Dowden Trophy for the best use of water in a garden setting
    15. 2010 Southeastern Flowershow Awards – Discovery Division 18060_1342811696847_4093554_n
      (Shannon was the Chair & designer for the Georgia Native Plant Society’s exhibit).  www.gnps.org/SEFS042.HTM

      1. Governor’s trophy
        Best in Show for Discovery Division for the educational exhibit of greatest distinction.
      2. Certificate of Excellence in Conservation – Garden Club of America,
        for an exhibit of exceptional merit which educates the public on conservation issues and promotes respect for natural resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship. This is a special panel award.
      3. American Horticultural Society Environmental Award 
        for the exhibit of horticultural excellence that best demonstrates the bond between horticulture and the environment, and inspires the viewer to beautify the home and community through skillful design and appropriate plant material.
      4. Boxwood Garden Club Trophy 
        for the most year-round interest emphasizing the use of native Southeastern plants.
      5.  The SFS Trophy of Merit for a garden of special merit for the discovery division.


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