Who helped us build our Green Driveway?

by Franke James

Franke’s Green Driveway credits:

In order of appearance!

Trees, Shrubs and Plants:
Connon Nurseries
Waterdown & Trenton, Ontario

“What you are doing is admirable, and I hope that this pilot project is a larger success than anticipated. If we can help you spreading the word about building Green Driveways in any way, please let us know. What a great ‘stepping stone’ towards becoming more environmentally conscious and really making a difference!” Terry Vanderkruk, Connon Nurseries

Green Driveway Building Material: PermaTurf Co. Inc.
13 Dow Road
Bow, New Hampshire
03304 U.S.A
Tel. 800-498-4116

Bobcat: DOC Equipment Rentals
Contact: Dr. Kam
Telephone: 905-264-1114

Bobcat Driver: Scopis Landscaping
Contact: Phil Scopis
Telephone: 416-669-4675

Gravel: James Graham Paving Ltd.
Contact: Burt
185 Bartley Drive Toronto, Ontario M4A 1E6
Phone: 416.425.2383

Soil: Earthco Soil Mixtures
Contact: Frank (or customer service)
401 Bowes Road
Concord, ON L4K 1J1 Canada
Telephone: 416-789-4749

Giving away the Interlock:
The Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free.

My Gardening Guru:
Tim Murphy, Horticulturalist
Habitat Design: 416-526-2745

8 Responses: 8 Comments

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  • Ruth says:

    Hi Franke,

    I had only seen this in a rural setting. I think it’s a great idea and would love to do this with my driveway in Richmond Hill. The only twist is I am looking for something that is more perennial (Wooly Thyme) like. What used to be my front lawn is now flower bed and cherry tree. I wanted something that would reflect that in a driveway. I would appreciate any info you can pass along.

    Have a great weekend


  • Carlos says:

    Hi Franke,

    PermaTurf it’s a great solution for driveways and I would like to know if PermaTurf is distributed in Canada? Do you know if PermaTurf is already been installed in more sites in Toronto? I would like to see and ‘place my feet’ on this innovative solution in order to decide if I will be the best solution for my driveway.



  • Franke James says:


    The best idea is to call PermaTurf directly. To my knowledge they do not have a distributor in Canada — yet.

    PermaTurf® Co. Inc.
    13 Dow Road
    Bow, New Hampshire
    03304 U.S.A
    Tel. 800-498-4116


  • Betty Kershner says:


    I see that the drive can be shoveled, but can it be plowed?

  • Lori says:

    We have perm turf in our back yard and looking to add the driveway around pavers. We also wanted to add additional turf around our waterfall with the lush green shrubs.

    I cannot find the supplier for Perma Turf in Scottsdale any longer. Could you help me find someone or refer me to a company


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