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Turfgrass History and Literature
Lawns, Sports, and Golf

The true heritage of turfgrass science and culture is best represented by an extensive historical record encompassing the principles, cultural practices, grasses, materials, and equipment that have been developed over the course of 300 years by turfgrass scientists, private companies, professional turfgrass managers, and amateur practitioners. A detailed chronicle of the evolution and history of turfgrass by the leading expert in the field, this book documents the use of turfgrass worldwide as reflected in early publications and photographs and explores the development of its science and culture. In Beard’s compilation, résumés of book authors characterize their historical activities and contributions to the turfgrass field, providing an extensive bibliography of turfgrass texts, research development, and educational programs via reviews, scientific journals, research reports, and trade publications. Selected quotes and unique original photographs depict early activities, equipment, and conditions and their evolution in the turfgrass field. The books, proceedings, and reports cited in this text are drawn primarily from the comprehensive James B Beard Turfgrass Collection donated to the Michigan State University Turfgrass Information Center in 2003. The holdings at this library represent the most extensive collection of turfgrass-related publications available today.

Subjects: Natural Sciences
Publication Date: October 29th, 2014
544 pages| 8.5 in x 11 in
Dr. James B Beard is the worldÆs leading authority on turfgrasses and turfgrass science. He spent most of his career in academia, first at Michigan State University, then at Texas A&M University, where he is currently professor emeritus of turfgrass science. He has pioneered investigations concerning turfgrass and the ecology of grass, and has published widely and lectured both throughout North America and internationally. Currently, he guides turfgrass research and education programs, especially internationally, while also instructing in turfgrass education through seminars, papers, manuals, and books. He has also served on many national committees. Dr. Beard holds four degrees, has written and published prolifically, including more than 700 scientific papers and technical articles, as well as numerous books. He has lectured widely throughout North America and abroad, and has served as a technical advisor to turfgrass organizations in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Beard has been the recipient of the Turfgrass Science Award and the Crop Science Research Award of the Crop Science Society of America. He was the first president of the International Turfgrass Society. He has been elected to the Board of Directors of CSSA, ASA, CAST, and ITS; and honored as a Fellow of CSSA, ASA, and AAAS. Dr. Beard and Harriet J. Beard, his wife and long-time collaborator, have written numerous books and jointly received the Oberly Award of the American Library Association. Dr. Beard currently serves as President and Chief Scientist at the International Sports Turf Institute.

Harriet J. Beard, wife of James B for 58 years, has typed all his books and manuscripts.

James C Beard has been a golf professional since 1984, and is a Life Member of the PGA of America and a part-time photographer.

Early Praise

“What Dr. Beard has done inside the pages of this book is breathe life into the interesting people who invented the tools of our trade and taught the generations that followed. It is a masterwork that will allow those of us interested in the history of our field to better understand the development and derivation of our management practices, and endeavor to only repeat those that have delivered quality results.”
Brandon Horvath, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
“We now have access to the most complete, thorough and well-rehearsed work on the history and literature of turfgrass. This magnum opus, which represents a colossal effort that took many years to complete, is well-organized and will be valuable to students, academics, and practitioners alike. Many will find the biographies Beard offers of the authors noted in his book very intriguing, and they offer insight to those who made early contributions to turfgrass.”
Monroe Miller, Golf Course Superintendent, Executive Director of Wisconsin Turfgrass Association
“This work is the only comprehensive source of information on the history of turfgrass and the science of its cultivation. James and Harriet Beard have produced a lasting legacy. The early chapters on turfgrass origins alone are worth the price of admission.”
John Stier, Professor and Assistant Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources


Book AwardALA Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences

Book AwardCSSA Presidential Award