"As an endless dream a family business goes on, each new generation setting
out guided by the spirit of the past - dedicated through long days to the
success of the enterprise. Finally - destined to build on foundations laid
Click to hear Jonathan Green speak the phrase above.
The story of a man named Jonathan Green began
before the middle of the last century in the North of England. Born in
December of 1836 in the small Yorkshire village of Kirkby-Malham , Jonathan
Green was first employed as a gardener. At the age of 43 Jonathan Green, who
had recently been widowed moved his five children to the small industrial
town of Chorley in Lancashire. Here he began a new life and a new business;
one not centered on the manufacturing trades, but on growing turfgrass.
During these years, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, one of the
few sources of recreation available to working men was bowling on the green.
Just about every town had its bowling green on the town square. Men formed
bowling clubs and during the long Spring and Summer evenings would enjoy
this form of recreation.
It is doubtful whether anyone today can truly
comprehend life, as it was lived, in the last half of the nineteenth century
in northern Europe. It was the sum of old cities with great factories,
melancholy rows of red brick houses, people awakening to the sounds of
factory whistles and clogs on the cobblestones. It was against this gray
industrial background that the young widower began a career destined to
restore some natural beauty into peoples lives.
Jonathan Green experimented with different grasses and combinations of
"grass families" in an attempt to improve the quality of bowling green turf,
eventually constructing greens in towns all over the north of England.
Eventually Jonathan Green's sons joined him in the family business. In 1907
Jonathan Green's youngest son Hubert sailed for America taking with him many
years of turfgrass experience learned working hand in hand with Jonathan
It has been a long road from the founder's vision to the diverse modern
company of today. At Jonathan Green, however, we remember our history. No
matter how large the company may become we will remember that character
determination and zeal sustained our founders from the earliest days. These
virtues are no less valuable as we look forward to the challenges of the