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Who Are the Judges Coming to Holliston

by Bobby Blair
July 18, 2018

Holliston's America in Bloom judges arrive on a four day visit on Wednesday eve and depart on Sunday morning. Their judging will take place on Thursday and Friday. We give you a little insight into just who our visitors are.

Douglas Airhart is a Professor of Horticulture in the School of Agriculture at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville. He teaches production horticulture (landscaping, nursery, greenhouse), turf, and provides FFA training and contests in nursery and floriculture. He serves on the Cookeville Tree Board. He is a Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist; has managed the Arboretum Certification Program of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council; and provides assistance to regional Tree Boards. He has published articles on consumer horticulture and tree care technologies, and has coordinated grant projects about tree care and maintenance. He invites you to visit his website at www.tlcfortrees.info.

As a descendant of early settlers to the region, Shannon Beatty’s ancestors have called the Greenbrier Valley in West Virginia home for generations. She has served as Lewisburg City Recorder since 2004. She is a board member on the Lewisburg Foundation, the Lewisburg Farmers Market and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Mountain Transit Authority. In addition to her work as City Recorder, Shannon has led the city’s beautification project, “Lewisburg in Bloom” as part of the America in Bloom program. Over the years, she has worked with organizations and citizens throughout the city to help beautify Lewisburg, developing garden beds, planters, and adding more flowers around town. She helped revitalize the overgrown and abandoned Dick Pointer Cemetery by leading the cleanup effort and coordinating sustainable financial support for the cemetery’s future care. Shannon is a floral designer and herbalist. She worked as the head designer for Mountain Heritage Floral in Lewisburg for 8 years and as a designer with the Flower House in Fairlea, WV. She attended the Carleton Varney School of Art and Design at the University of Charleston. She co-owns a small herbal apothecary called Sensorium Herbals with her husband David. She is a graduate of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine in Rappahannock County, Virginia and is a member of the American Herbalist Guild

 

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