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    Last checked: 18 January 2011
    Notes: includes only one panel of the fold-out map
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Author(s):Olcott, James Bradford
Title:Talk about a grass garden
Source:Twenty-Fifth Annual Report of the Secretary of the Connecticut Board of Agriculture. Vol. 25, January 1891 [1892], p. 236-260.
# of Pages:25
Publishing Information:Hartford, Connecticut: State of Connecticut
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Variety trials; Choice of species; Communications; Evaluative methods; Grass gardens; History; Lawn turf; Maintenance philosophy; Research plots; Seed testing; Turfgrass industry
Abstract/Contents:Presents an in-depth reflection on the role of turf in Connecticut during 1891, stating the neglection of turf is due to the possible ignorance of the people of Connecticut. Recommends taking "immediate steps towards co-operative tests of permanent grass, not only in Connecticut and with sister state, but with foreign states and governments," explaining that with cooperation, insects, weeds, and diseases may be controlled more effectively. Presents a detailed description of an experimental garden located in Connecticut to determine the various characteristics of seed varieties, providing the methods of planting and establishing the seeds in each row of the garden. Features the Manchester Sward Garden and discusses the success of English turf, suggesting that it may be due to turf species unavailable in America and heavy rainfall. Explains the differences in which turf is viewed in England and America, suggesting that it may be a result of the lack of interest of the American people. Concludes that communication between all those interested in the turf industry should be established in order to raise turf quality.
Note:Title page of annual report "1891", but internal running header and date on map are "January 1892".
Pictures, b/w
Fold-out map, "This Plan was done at "The Ranch" Jan'ry 12th 1892 -- Manchester Grass-Sward Garden is a Branch of Connecticut Experiment Station -- It is patronized (slightly) by U.S. Department of Agriculture also by several Experiment Stations, and certain courageous individuals. Printed on a scale of one sixteenth inch to one foote."
"A map of Manchester Sward-Garden, five by ten feet, in oil-greens, was shown at the New Britain meeting." (p. 236)
Brief introductory note by "The Chairman" on p. 235.
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"A very rare, small booklet describing the initiation of an early Grass-Sward Garden at a Research Station of the Connecticut State Agriculture Agency located at South Manchester. He proposed that Connecticut should develop a major perennial grass seed and sod production business for marketing nationwide. His tests were focused on this objective. Unfortunately, there was no published data concerning the research findings therein or in other subsequent publications. Numerous authors have attributed the first turfgrass research to Olcott, but this is clearly untrue as Dr. William Beal published his research much earlier. This booklet is a reprinting from the 1892 Connecticut Agricultural Report." p. 304
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Very rare
See Also:Other items relating to: Classic Reads in Turf
Quotable quotes"It may remind forgetful Americans that the best of their inheritances, the love of homes set in greensward, is still glowing in the hearts of English cities. It may encourage devoted children, and elders, too, in the country to cherish verdure in the home-lot, and help owners and renters of turf-patches in towns to weed, nourish, and guard against encroaching pavements."
"The student of grass in turf must be reminded at once that the varieties we represent here to-day are turf makers, or each in its own individual way is slowly becoming so....The most of them were selected and chosen for propagation because they had made old perennial turf, tough as a doormat, under hardship and in difficult places."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Olcott, J. B. 1891 [1892]. Talk about a grass garden. Ann. Rep. Sec. Connecticut Board of Agric. 25:p. 236-260.
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    Notes: includes only one panel of the fold-out map
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