Paul Thompson

County Extension Agent - Urban Horticulture
Horticulture Program Team, Chester County Cooperative Extension Office, Lancaster County Cooperative Extension Office, York County Cooperative Extension Office

Office: York County
Phone: 803-639-9101
Fax: 803-684-2297


 Educational Background

M. Ag Plant Health
Clemson University 1994

A.S Landscape Design and Sales
Lake City Community College 1984

B.S Ornamental Horticulture
Clemson University 1992


I am a Distinguished Urban Horticulture Agent in York, Chester and Lancaster Counties. I am a Certified Nursery Professional with the SC Green Industry Association. I coordinate the Master Gardener Program in York, Chester and Lancaster Counties and conduct educational programs for consumers and horticulture professionals. I write a quarterly column for SC Farmer's magazine, and am a regular guest on SCETV's Making it Grow, and contribute monthly gardening blogs to the Clemson HGIC website. I have received many awards for programming and communication efforts through national and state peer associations to include the 2015 Distinguished Service Award and the 2016 Louis P. Parsons award for outstanding contributions to the nursery and landscape industry

 Extension and Outreach

-Statewide Pesticide Calibration and Safety Workshops
-South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Nursery Professional - developed courses to prepare participants to pass the written and plant identification certification exams
-SCCLP South Carolina Certified Landscape Professional online course
-Core and Category 3 Pesticide Exam Preparation online course
-Plant Identification and Use online course
-South Carolina Master Gardener
-Carolina Yards program


Online Plant Identification and Use shortcourse
SC Certified Landscape Professional course
Category 3 Pesticide Exam Preparation course
Core Pesticide Exam Preparation course
Clemson HGIC blogs and videos