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ill title Featured Speakers

Shannon Pable
Paul Guillebeau
Terry Tatum
Glen Harris

Shannon Pable is a life-long artist, gardener, certified arborist with an interest in edible & medicinal plants. Shannon is an award winning garden designer, specializing in native plants and environmentally friendly landscape designs (owner of Shannon’s Garden Gallery ).  She also is a published writer, photographer, illustrator, and artist.  She writes the monthly native plant profile and many garden features for Georgia Gardening Magazine.   She has appeared as the guest designer on HGTV’s Landscape Solutions.  Her work has also been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution & Gwinnett Daily Post.    She was the 2005 President for the Gwinnett Master Gardeners, a member of the Georgia Native Plant Society, and Co-Chair for the 2005 Southeastern Flowershow Landscape Division.

Shannon is also a member of the following organizations: Georgia and Gwinnett Master Gardener Associations, National Wildlife Federation, The National Parks Conservation Association, The American & Georgia Herbalist's Guilds, The Sierra Club, Georgia Organics, The Georgia Garden Writer’s Association of America, and The American Horticultural Society. 

Shannon is a Certified Arborist and an Advanced Certified Georgia Master Gardener and has taken classes through the UGA/cooperative extension service which include:

  • Landscape Maintenance
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  • Tree ID
  • Gardening for Wildlife
  • Pesticide Use & Application License through Ga Dept of Agriculture


  • Shannon has also taken classes in drafting, architecture, landscape design, drawing, plant clinics, native plant symposiums. She has also taken numerous classes in plant identification (wild and cultivated), wilderness survival skills, edible and medicinal plant classes. These classes include wilderness survival skills from Tom Brown Jr. (Tracker School), Richard Cleaveland (Earth School), Mark Warren (Medicine Bow). In addition, she's taken medicinal plant classes from certified herbalist, Patricia Howell (Botanologos).

    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.  From 2004 to present: Owner of Shannon's Garden Gallery; 1990 to present, Owner of Artistic Innovations, a mural & Trompe L’oeil company;  2001-2004 former Co-Owner of Eco-Terra Landscape Consultants.


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    Dr. Paul Guillebeau is a Professor of Entomology with the University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

    Not everyone is born to be a bug man, but when Guillebeau was a sophomore at UGA, he knew he wanted to be an entomologist. “I had always been interested in life science and wanted to become a scientist,” he says. “When my adviser pointed out how small the field of marine biology could be, I switched to entomology.”

    After graduation, Guillebeau worked for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Pesticide Programs. There, he worked to balance the risks and benefits of pesticides through prudent regulation. He continues to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Georgia Department of Agriculture to achieve this goal of balanced pesticide policies and regulations. He tries his best to see both sides of the pesticide question without preaching too loudly.

    He continues his quest for a safer environment through his work, his research and his involvement in the Entomological Society of America. Paul believes it’s all about education and understanding the risks. “Through IPM education and outreach, we can manage pests and minimize the human and environmental risks of pesticides,” he says.

    To meet this challenge, a combination of written materials, web-based information, distance education, and live workshops is used.

    Online Publications

  • The Georgia Pest Management Newsletter, a monthly publication about pest management and pest management tools
  • Keeping Pests Out of the Home with Fewer Pesticides & Using Pesticides Safely
  • IPM in Schools
  • Protect Yourself Against Bites and Stings & Use Repellents Safely
  • Georgia Pest Management Handbook

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    Terry Tatum is Constituent Programs Manager with the Georgia Wildlife Federation Terry is a professional horticulturist with an AB in biology from the University of West Georgia and a BSA in horticulture from the University of Georgia.

    She developed an interest in native plants and wildlife while living and working on Ossabaw Island from 1978 to 1981. Afterwards, Terry owned and operated Wild Wood Farms, a nursery in Madison, Georgia, specializing in propagation of native plants, heirloom plants and woody cut flowers for 20 years. During that time she designed and planted all-native plant landscapes at the Wildlife Resources Division Headquarters in Social Circle, the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield and the Okefenokee Education and Research Center in Folkston.

    Terry was an active volunteer for the Georgia Wildlife Federation until 2004, working primarily with schools to implement Schoolyard Wildlife Habitats for use as outdoor classrooms.


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    Dr. Glen Harris was born and raised in southern New Jersey, the garden part of the Garden State. He worked on a 365 acre cut flower farm during summers of high school and college. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Penn State in Horticulture, he went on to Michigan State for a Masters and PhD in crop and soil science. Glen is an Associate Professor and Extension Agronomist with the University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He was hired by UGA in Tifton in March 1994 where he serves as the soils and fertilizer specialist for all crops statewide.

    As an Extension Specialist, Glen's primary responsibility is to train and assist county agents across the State of Georgia in the area of soil fertility. This is accomplished through newsletter articles, production guides, TV and radio, phone consultations, and on-farm research/demonstrations and visits. This information is ultimately used by the agricultural producer or grower. His educational programs in soil fertility are also delivered directly to growers through county meetings, popular press articles, professional conferences, and on-farm visits. Glen's main areas of work include:

  • 1) basic soil fertility (including all aspects of liming and fertilization)
  • 2) use of animal waste and other agricultural, municipal and industrial by-products as fertilizers, lime and soil amendments
  • 3) conservation tillage


  • Glen is a member of AWARE (Animal Waste Awareness for Research and Extension), and the Georgia Conservation Tillage Alliance. He also serves as Educational Advisor to the Georgia Plant Food Educational Society and edits their quarterly newsletter, the What and Why.
    Dr. Harris teaches Soils and Hydrology at the UGA Tifton Campus. He maintains an extension appointment with a specialty in environmental soil science. Glen is an integral part of agricultural and environmental awareness education in the elementary school outreach program. His presentations are entertaining as well as informative.

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    For more information

    email or call Amy Carter
    abcarter@uga.edu
    229-391-6868
    or 229-386-7274

    Sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., Camellia District IV and The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Camellia District IV The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences