S. Cory Tanner

Horticulture Program Team Director
Horticulture Program Team, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: 107 Barre Hall
Phone: 864-656-3382
Email: shannt@clemson.edu


 Educational Background

M.S. Plant & Environmental Science
Clemson University 2007

B.S. Horticulture
Clemson University 2001

 Courses Taught

Continuing Education Programs for Professional Horticulturists
Pesticide Recertification Training
Master Gardener Training


A life-long gardener, Cory earned a B.S. and an M.S. in horticulture from Clemson University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in entomology. Prior to employment with Clemson Extension, he worked in the nursery trade, producing quality landscape trees and shrubs. A prolific writer, Cory previously authored a monthly column for SC Living Magazine called SC Gardener and frequently appears as an expert panelist on SCETV's award-winning gardening program, Making It Grow!.

 Extension and Outreach

As the Horticulture Program Team Director I provide statewide programmatic leadership to extension agents working in horticultural food crops (commercial fruit and vegetable production) and urban horticulture (school & community gardening, consumer horticulture, and the ornamental nursery and landscape industry). I deliver educational programs and consultation services to landscapers and nursery professionals and share home gardening advice, teach Master Gardener lessons throughout the state, and write horticultural columns and fact sheets.


Adelberg, Jeffery W., S. Cory Tanner, Rabia El-Hawaz, and Nishanth Tharayil. 2021. Shade and fertilizer affects yield and quality in a clonal plantation of yaupon holly. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants 10, (3): 42-51.

Tanner, S.C. (2017). Fall Root Crops for the Home Garden (HTG 0817). Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Hot Topic. August 2017.

Burgess, L. and S.C. Tanner (2017). Cover Crops (HGIC 1252). Fact sheet revision. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet. August 2017.

Tanner, S.C. (2016). Hardwood Cuttings for Tree & Shrub Propagation. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet – HGIC 1054.

Bowen, D., A. Dabbs, G. Dickert, B. Landford, W. Massey, and C. Tanner. (2012). Starting a Community Garden. Clemson Cooperative Extension Publication. clemson.edu/extension/communitygarden.

Tanner, C. 2011. Pomegranate. Reprint of Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet – HGIC 1359. Published in March/April 2011 Issue of The South Carolina Nurseryman trade magazine. pp. 18-20.

Knight, F. and Tanner, C. 2010. Garden Peas. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet – HGIC 1328. 3 pp. www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/pdf/hgic1328.pdf

Tanner, C. 2010. Harvesting Vegetables. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet – HGIC 1262. 7 pp. www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/pdf/hgic1262.pdf

Tanner, C. 2009. Pomegranate. Clemson Extension Home & Garden Information Center Fact Sheet - HGIC 1359

Tanner, C., T. Davis, K. Smith, E. Brantley, F. Henning, P. Pugliese, G. Wade, M. Fonseca, E. Bauske. 2009. Advanced Concepts in Water Smart Landscapes Part I: Landscape Planning and Design. UGA Coop. Ext. Elec. Bul. CD-044.


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