South Georgia Native Plant & Wildflower Symposium
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Dan S. Miller earned a B.S. Chemistry in 1967 from Ohio State University. He earned a M.S. in Organic Chemistry in 1969 from Florida State University. Dan was a Research Chemist from 1969-1971 at E.I. DuPont Company. Miller was a Forensic Chemist with the Florida Deparment of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee, from 1971 until he retired in 2003. During that time, beginning in 1990, he became, and still is, the owner of Trillium Gardens, a plant nursery specializing in the propagation and growth of native wildflowers, trees and shrubs from the southeast.

James (Jim) Miller is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station, on the Auburn University Campus, and an Affiliate Professor of Forestry with Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences since 1977. Prior to this he organized a School of Forestry in Malaysia. Jim currently has Southern Regional responsibility for invasive plant research and development within Forest Service Research, and gives frequent presentations on the topic throughout the SE. He also studies changes in forest plant communities and soil productivity following forest management treatments. He has directed a region-wide study team since 1984 that has been documenting pine plantation development and the influences on plant diversity and soil changes in seven southeastern states. This study has international recognition.
He has published over 100 reports and popular articles: most noteworthy is the book and CD-version entitled Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses coauthored with Dr. Karl Miller, noted wildlife professor at the University of Georgia. Over 10,000 copies have been sold by the University of Georgia Press with proceeds going to the graduate student program for the Southern Weed Science Society.
He has designed and initiated a regional monitoring system for tracking invasive plants used by the Forest Service and state partners. Current maps can be viewed at The identification guide used for this survey, Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests: A Field Guide for Identification and Control, has 140,000 copies distributed in the U.S. An expanded two volume version will soon be available.
Miller's work has been honored by two national U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Awards, besides other State and regional awards.
He earned a B.S. in Forest Management from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. in Forest Ecology and Silviculture from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology and Environmental Toxicology from Oregon State University (1974). He is an avid hiker and kayaker, and photographs plants along trails, streams, and rivers in the Southeast.

Nancy Beckemeyer, a native of Atlanta, Georgia is president of the landscape architecture firm, Autumn Ridge Inc. Nancy is an instructor, lecturer & entertainer extraordinaire; she participates in the Landscape Horticulture Certificate program for Landscape Contractors at Kennesaw University, Clayton State University & DeKalb Tech. In 2000, Kennesaw State University named her Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Nancy teaches "home landscaping" classes at Kennesaw University, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Clayton State University and Athens Technical College. She has been an instructor for the Landscape Architect's Uniform National Exam Review in Athens, GA for over 10 years.
Beckemeyer is a contributing author to the book Gardening Around Atlanta, and is technical advisor for Step-by-Step Landscaping by Better Homes and Gardens, She is a former President of the GA Chapter of the American Society of Landscape architects, former President of the UGA School of Environmental Design Alumni Steering Committee, and is a member of the Greensboro, GA Tree Board.
Nancy owns and operates Penfield House and Gardens, a Special Events Facility in Greene County. Penfield House & Garden was included on the Fall 2006 tour for Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places She aided in coordinating the Restoration of a 5,000 s.f, circa 1925 Greenhouse on Sapelo Island. She also buys & sell antiques - and adopts any dog that shows up!!

John and Lamyrl Atkinson own and operate Towaliga Plants. Towaliga Plants was established in 1997 to make available to customers in the Mid-Georgia area a wide selection of desirable plants for the southern garden.
John learned propagation at Harp's Farm Wholesale Nursery in Fayetteville, Georgia, where he gained experience propagating hundreds of different plants for the nursery trade. He continues to talk to many garden clubs in Georgia encouraging the use of native plants in the landscape. His wife Lamyrl, a highly knowledgeable horticulture enthusiast as well, also provides expert advice on native landscaping in the south.

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