Grass Roots Exhibit Breaks Ground
In November 2013, the U.S.
National Arboretumin Washington, D.C., had
a groundbreaking ceremony for the Grass Roots Exhibit,
the centerpiece of a four-year initiative that focuses on the environmental,
economic, aesthetic and recreational benefits of turfgrass in landscapes, golf
courses and athletic fields. The National Turfgrass Federation and U.S.
National Arboretum, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Agricultural Research Service, have collaborated in the development of the new
public exhibit to highlight modern uses of turfgrass. The USGA provided $25,000
for the exhibit, which has received $240,000 in donations from turfgrass
associations and commercial companies.
The Grass Roots Initiative
is “committed to helping citizens, including national decision-makers,
understand new and emerging science underlying our nation’s beautiful lawns,
athletic fields and gardens,” according to National Arboretum Director Dr.
The project will feature a website accompanying the exhibit,
professional and scientific symposia, and homeowner-focused workshops and
demonstrations – directed to audiences ranging from children to policymakers –
to highlight the value of turf to the environment and the importance of
research to leverage that value. Turfgrass scientist and professor Frank Rossi,
Ph.D., from Cornell University delivered a keynote address on the history and
future of the turfgrass in the United States.
According to Dr. Hefferan, the interactive outdoor exhibit
will highlight the results of turfgrass research and communicate that managed
turf landscapes are essential in conserving soils, retaining and filtering
water, offering a venue for socialization and recreation and enhancing the
aesthetics of a property. The Grass Root exhibit is located on the 446-acre
National Arboretum visited by half a million people each year.
The Grass Roots
Initiative: A Science-Based Focus on Turfgrass
Federation: Advancing Turfgrass Science for Society
Outdoor Turf Exhibit, ‘Grass Roots’, is in the Design Stage
Did you know that golf has a long history
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture?
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the Arlington Turf
Gardens and the early history of the Green Section as
told by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.