County Coordinator, Horticulture and Natural Resouces Agent
Horticulture and Natural Resources Agent
Horticulture Program Team, Spartanburg County Cooperative Extension Office
Office: Spartanburg, SC
M.S. Plant and Soil Science
University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2008
B.S. Agriculture with Emphasis in Plant and Soil Science
University of Tennessee - Martin 2006
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017 - Master Gardener Courses - Integrated Pest Management, Basic Botany, Plant Nutrition, Soil Health, Landscape Design, and Diagnosing Plant Problems.
April 2017 - Present - Back to Basics Series
I am a native of the mountains of eastern Tennessee. I have a B.S. in Agriculture – Plant and Soil Science, and M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee. My thesis project focused on woody tree and shrub liner production. I have worked as an herbaceous perennial grower for Zelenka Nurseries, a production manager for Brussel's Bonsai Nursery, a bedding plant grower for Van Wingerden International, and an Integrated Pest Management(IPM)coordinator for Costa Farms - Costa Carolina.
My primary interests are in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), herbaceous perennial production and cultivation, annual and bedding plant production and cultivation, woody ornamental (tree and shrub) production and cultivation, plant growth regulator techniques and combinations, and minimizing ornamental production and cultivation impacts to water and other natural resources.
Extension and Outreach
Back To Basics Gardening Teach Series for Homeowners.
Master Gardener Program
Pesticide Applicator / Green Industry Professional Safety Trainings
Stormwater pollution management and prevention
Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardeners
Integrated Pest Management for Green Industry Professionals.
Jeffers, A. 2017. Iberis. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet - HGIC 1193. 2 pp. https://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/pdf/hgic1193.pdf
Jeffers, A. Showy Rudbeckia Are a Worthy Addition to Garden. The Post and Courier. July 23, 2017. http://www.postandcourier.com/columnists/showy-rudbeckias-are-worthy-addition-to-garden/article_7c8a6346-6cb3-11e7-ace7-cfa3c3bc3a1f.html
Jeffers, A. 2017. Rudbeckia. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet - HGIC 1192. 4 pp. http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/pdf/hgic1192.pdf
Jeffers et al. Journal of Hort-Technology “Estimated Nursery Liner Costs for Ornamental Woody Stock” HortTechnology August 2010 Volume 20, Issue 4
Jeffers et al. Nursery Management Pro: “Well Rooted Beliefs about ‘High-quality’ Bare-rooted Liners: A Study on Opportunity”. Nursery Management Pro 2010 Volume 26, Issue 34.
Jeffers et al. Tennessee Greentimes Magazine: “Make Sure Your Bare-root Liners Get “A” Grades for Quality” Tennessee Greentimes 2010 Volume 11, Issue 4
Jeffers et al. Hort-Science Magazine: “Assessments of bare-root liner quality and purchasing decisions made by nursery liner buyers” HortScience 2009 Volume 44, Issue 3