Barrett Swayne Lawrimore
Barrett Lawrimore’s career in Charleston County Extension spanned more than three decades, during which he worked closely with the area’s tomato farmers and helped create the S.C. Tomato Association to increase sales and improve marketability across the region. In 1981, Larimore brought the first Master Gardener program to South Carolina and the Southeast. Taking the idea beyond a simple “train-the-trainer” class, Lawrimore made Master Gardeners an integral part of the county Extension staff — a model that is now used throughout the state. He also developed a nationally recognized model for urban 4-H planning, developing school enrichment programs that are used across the country.