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About The Founder of SafeLawns Paul Tukey

Paul Tukey, 53, is an American journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, consultant and motivational public speaker, who is internationally recognized as a leader in landscape sustainability. Winner of the prestigious Horticultural Communicator of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society, Mr. Tukey is lauded for his ability to turn a mundane subject — the landscape — into a rousing public discourse. He has been featured in thousands of media outlets from Good Morning America in the U.S., to the CBC in Canada, as well as National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times, which called him “The godfather of the natural land care movement.” He recently accepted the position of Chief Sustainability Officer at Glenstone in Maryland, where he plans to help create a “living classroom” on the grounds of the magnificent modern art museum founded by Mitchell and Emily Rales.

Life & Career

Mr. Tukey spent the 1980s as a newspaper journalist before launching his own landscape contracting business in the 1990s. In 1994 he developed Acute Chemical Sensitivity from the products he applied to lawns, so in 1995 he launched an environmentally oriented media company, People, Places & Plants, which published a magazine and a television show broadcast internationally on the cable network HGTV from 2003-2007. In 2006, Mr. Tukey launched SafeLawns Foundation ( and in 2007, he wrote the best-selling book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, and produced an award-winning video series titled “Making the Organic Lawn Care Transition.” In 2009, he produced and starred in the award-winning documentary film, A Chemical Reaction (, centered on the first town in North America — Hudson, Quebec — that ever banned lawn and garden chemicals. In 2012, Mr. Tukey co-authored a book, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn games and the campaign, Lawn Games for Life ( He also launched an international consulting firm, Organic Green Pros to help businesses, municipalities and others maintain their landscapes naturally. Since late in 2012, Mr. Tukey has been spending the majority of his professional life as a sustainability consultant for Glenstone, a museum in Potomac, Md, founded by Maryland businessman Mitchell Rales.


The essence of Mr. Tukey’s award-winning presentations is to bring hands-on environmental stewardship into the minds of private homeowners, political and business leaders. Mr. Tukey’s audiences have included environmental groups, universities, hospitals, law clinics, corporations and elected officials as diverse as: Harvard University, EcoJustice Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, America in Bloom, Longwood Gardens, Women in Medicine, the Environmental Protection Agency, L.L. Bean, Walt Disney World and the state of New Hampshire legislature.


Mr. Tukey’s talks are always customized to meet the needs of a particular group, but generally fall under the following headings:

  • Safe Lawns: How & Why to Create a Beautiful, Natural Landscape
  • 10 Words: Essential Dialogue for Saving the Planet
  • The Precautionary Principle: A Better Safe Than Sorry Approach to Environmental Law
  • Yes You Can!: Effective Community Action Starts with You
  • The Truth About Kids, Cats, Dogs & Lawn Chemicals
  • Why Organic, Why Now?

The Film

In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Tukey produced and starred in a documentary film, A Chemical Reaction: The Story of a True Green Revolution. The film’s world premiere at the prestigious World Film Festival of Montreal was soon followed by appearances at other major North American film festivals, as well as thousands of private and public screenings at various events across the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Tukey often attends openings of the film and offers a rousing question-and-answer session thereafter.

Book Signings

Where appropriate, Mr. Tukey offers signings of his best-selling books, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, or Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games, at the conclusion of his presentations.

Contact & Booking

Phone: 207-252-0869 Email: [email protected]


In 2013Paul became the first Chief Sustainability Officer for Glenstone, a museum in Potomac, Md., that features a 100 percent organically maintained landscape.

In 2012, Paul co-authored a book, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games and launched a national campaign, Lawn Games for Life, aimed at addressing America’s sedentary lifestyle.

In 2009, Paul produced and starred in the Emmy nominated documentary film, A Chemical Reaction, from PFZMedia, LLC ( about the origin of the anti-pesticide movement that has swept across Canada and into the U.S.

In 2007, Paul authored The Organic Lawn Care Manual from Storey Publishing, which quickly became the best-selling lawn book through 2010.

In 2006, Paul founded, an international coalition of for-profit and non-profit organizations promoting environmentally friendly lawn care and resource conservation.

In 2002, he launched an Emmy nominated TV show titled People, Places & Plants, which was co-hosted by Roger Swain. Aired for two years on HGTV, the show is now available worldwide as a 46-episode boxed set.

In 1995, he founded “People, Places & Plants”, which was widely regarded as the finest regional gardening magazine in the United States.

Other Honors

In 2007, Paul received the Quill & Trowel Award for Best Electronic Media from the Garden Writers Association of America for his video collection titled Organic Lawn Care: Making the Transition to Organics.

In 2006, Paul was named the nation’s Horticultural Communicator of the Year by the American Horticultural Society.

In 2002, Paul was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for Contributions to Regional Horticulture.

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