Using Native Turf on Your Next Project

    Using Native Turf on Your Next Project:

    By Pamela Simmons, LEED AP BD + C, ARCSA AP, Co-Owner of Turpin Farms, Chairman of the USGBC SW OH Regional Chapter Sustainable Sites Committee, Supervisor of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

    Having grown up in the sod industry, I know sod gets a bad rap especially in the world of sustainable landscaping. Because we strive to be as sustainable as possible in our practices at Turpin Farms, we decided to try and produce a turf product that would benefit the built environment by introducing the advantages of native grasses.

    Native grasses are particularly well suited for establishing wildlife habitats, soaking up rain water in a rain garden or for sediment and erosion control. Ohio native grasses add a different leaf texture, color and movement to the landscape.

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    GOINGnative: False Solomon’s Seal

    GOINGnative: False Solomon's Seal By Barry Glick

    Article from Washington Gardener, Summer 2012

    I had to go to England!!! Yes, I had to go to the UK to be enlightened about a plant that grew in my own backyard. In my defense, I was so much younger then and much less enlightened. But here’s the short of it. In 1992, my friend, Dan Heims, and I spent two solid weeks travelling around the UK visiting gardens, plant collections, and friends. It was a plantsman’s dream trip starting off with two nights as the guests of Agatha Christie’s daughter, a day with Beth Chatto, a day with Elizabeth Strangman, and many other legends of British gardening and culminating with a full day, sun up to sun down, of Dan and I strolling around Wisley with Graham Stuart Thomas just the three of us. (I’d use a few exclamation points here, but I’ve been told that I use too many!)...

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    About the Author:

    Barry Glick is the self-proclaimed “King of Helleborus” and owner/manager of Sunshine Farm & Gardens (, a mail-order plant nursery nestled on 60 acres on a mountaintop in Greenbrier County, WV. Barry grows more than 10,000 different plants and specializes in native plants and hellebores. He can be reached at 304.497.2208 or