State Capitol Lawn

Q: Do you know what kind of grass was grown at the state capitol lawn from mid-1982 to early 1984? A friend of mine is allergic to grass, EXCEPT for the grass grown at the capitol, where she worked during that time.

A: As you know, allergies to grass usually involve pollen. Arty Schronce at the Georgia Department of Agriculture says he doubts grass planted at the State Capitol is ever allowed to come close to flowering and shedding pollen. Only the putting greens at Augusta National are more mowed, trimmed, and coiffed. Also, the capitol is not a pollen-free zone; there are plenty of grass pollen sources nearby, so I doubt the grass was affecting her allergies. If you want to pursue it further, contact the Georgia State Building Authority for their groundskeeping records.

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