LayLa W. Burgess

Extension Agent
Horticulture Program Team

Office: Home & Garden Information Center
Phone: 864-656-9999
Fax: 864.656.0276

Personal Website:

 Educational Background

MFR Forest Resources
Clemson University 2013

M.S. Botany
Clemson Univeristy 2001

B.S. Biology (Plant Sciences)
College of Charleston 1995

 Courses Taught

Master Gardener Training Course


Prior to joining the Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) in 2015, LayLa managed Clemson University’s Hemlock Woolly Adelgid/Predatory Beetle Rearing Laboratory funded through the Initiative on Biological Control against Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Forest Health Protection-USDA Forest Service). She brings an added Forest Entomology/Invasive Species component to Extension as well as providing assistance to SC residents with landscape tree care and monitoring programs for potentially threatening insects.

 Extension and Outreach

As a staff member of HGIC, LayLa provides research based information to SC residents regarding landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health.


SC Master Gardener Program
Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Master Gardener Program