Tulsa Perennial Club meets monthly, on the 3rd Thursday, 7pm, at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S Peoria. Join with us Thursday, July 16, 2016, for a program on hydroponics, presented by Kelly Grogg of Grogg’s Green Barn. Here’s a brief bio on Kelly, and a link to their website. Hope to see you on the 16th!
As native Tulsan, Kelly grew up playing in the beautiful parks and enjoying all the outdoor space that the city has to offer. Gardening was a passion for Kelly and he capitalized on it at an early age. Kelly started Thrifty Lawn Care at the age of 12 years old, and sold it to help pay for college his senior year in high school with 65 lawns, and three crews of friends working for him. A graduate from Cascia Hall, Kelly obtained his BA from Texas Christian University and his MBA from the University of Tulsa. In 2007, Kelly trained with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) and obtained his organic landscape professional certificate.
In March of 2011, Kelly and his wife opened the doors of their dream business and named it Grogg’s Green Barn. Since then, they have enjoyed cultivating its growth within the Tulsa community, and finding their niche in the products in which they are most passionate. You will not find Encore® azaleas or Knock Out® roses taking up space at their garden center, however. They have chosen to focus on plants that serve a real purpose in the landscape. In fact, in 2015 they took and risk and mandated to their horticultural growers that each plant must answer two of these three questions: Does it exist in nature, does it have a positive benefit in nature (Pollination, Attractant, etc.), and is it edible. This allowed Grogg’s to offer a wide range of true Oklahoma perennial natives, organic herbs and vegetables, Fruit and wildlife habitat trees, and a large selection of organic solutions for your garden and landscape. Kelly and Carla are always looking for unmet needs, and their passion for gardening was not seasonal, which is why in 2014 they expanded their product offerings to include organic hydroponic products so they could enjoy the “outside,” indoors throughout the winter and hot summer months.
The store is working through its sixth year of existence, and every day is still a learning experience. Kelly and Carla enjoy traveling with their children and never miss an opportunity to check out regional botanical gardens and other garden centers on their travels. They hope that their excitement and enthusiasm towards “Sustainable Gardening” will inspire their kids and future generations to create natural settings in landscape that can be enjoyed by all creatures.