Our Philosophy

Just like a clean, shining mirror reflects its image in a sharp, clear way, your landscape reflects you to your guests and customers.

At Thompson's, we make sure that’s a clear, impressive reflection. To do that, we hold to a three-fold philosophy:


  • Professionalism—We promise to respect you and your property. Always courteous. Always punctual. Always the best.

  • Quality—We promise to the job right. In rain, shine, or snow, our experts have it all covered. Shoddy work is our worst enemy.

  • Integrity—We promise to deliver honest hard work to get your job done in a timely way. We make sure you get the work you pay for—every time.

Our Team

Tim has been our resident CPA since 1988. Not only does Tim oversee our finances, he also oversees all operations and business activities to ensure they produce results consistent with Thompson’s overall mission.

Tim Winstead

General Manager

From small engines to tractors, our head mechanic, Gordon, is a real whiz. In addition to fixing things and keeping a tidy shop, Gordon also is our Bad Boy mower specialist.

Gordon Hodge

Supervisor, Equipment Sales/Repair Shop

Todd is a friendly, competent supervisor who knows exactly what he’s doing. Count on Todd to be helpful as he supervises the landscape division.

Todd Smith

Supervisor, Landscape Division

From managing all aspects of the lawn maintenance schedule, Chris’ attention to detail helps ensure our crews operate efficiently while inspiring them to maintain landscapes with passion. Chris is also our resident expert in plant disease and all things turf related.

Chris Davis

Supervisor, Lawn Care Division

Our History

In 1960, Raymond Thompson began growing azaleas in the backyard of his Rocky Mount, NC home in a make-shift greenhouse he had built. Little did he know at the time of the business that would grow out of this small plastic-covered wooden structure.

Because he still had a full-time job, Raymond got his wife, Tommie, to water and care for the plants during the day while he would take care of them in the evenings. Soon Raymond's children became involved and Saturdays became a prime sale day for their backyard nursery.

Nearing retirement age, Raymond eventually made growing and selling plants his primary job. As the business grew, Thompson began to branch out by doing small landscape jobs as well as some grounds maintenance.

In 1984 Raymond's son-in-law, Ward Terrill, joined the company. Though he had worked part-time in the past, Ward's addition enabled Thompson to expand its operations to include irrigation and larger commercial landscaping projects.

Thompson got a real jumpstart in 1988 when we landed a large irrigation and landscaping project at a mall in Virginia. It was during this time that Tim Winstead, a CPA and also Raymond's son-in-law, was hired to help run the company.

Today, we still hold fast Raymond’s vision. Visions come and go, but those good hard-working ones tend to stay around for a while. And that’s the only kind that can grow a backyard plant stand into the full-service, professional lawn and landscape company Thompson is known as today.

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810 Carter Street

Rocky Mount, NC 27804

(252) 446-5762

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