Shannon Downey
40 Under 40, Class of 2022

Shannon Downey


Spring Meadow Nursery

Job Title

Creative Marketing Specialist


  • Helps fulfill company’s mission to educate people about shrubs and gardening, to help understand the why, how, and stories behind the plants. Good design quickly connects consumers with company’s plants and gives them confidence.
  • Her work has been instrumental in fostering that trust and expertise, from “Hydrangeas Demystified” and the award-winning New Vision book series to plant tags and POP.


Book and Movie Faves: Shannon’s favorite books are “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. “Both are gorgeously written tragedies.” Her favorite movie is “Creature from the Black Lagoon” — “Something about the creature brings a smile to my face every time I see it.”

Fun Facts

Hip and Happenin’: Shannon once hula-hooped for 45 minutes straight.

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