The beginnings of Patten Seed Company were started by Robert L. Patten, a school teacher, who opened a general store in Lakeland, GA, circa 1893. Located downtown, it sold seed and fertilizer and everything in between, from horse collars to caskets.
Mr. Patten’s only son, Lawson, continued with the store and many agricultural side projects, including a seed-cleaning plant that we still use today.
Lawson had three children, one of them a daughter who married Bill Roquemore. Bill, a WWII bomber pilot, became involved in the family's business and was the entrepreneur, visionary, and people-person who built Patten Seed into the great family business it is today.
Bill’s son Jim follows in his footsteps, along with Ben Copeland Sr. and Ben Jr.
Today, Patten Seed is a privately held family and employee-owned business.
Bill Roquemore was a pioneer in the Centipede seed business, working with researchers in the development and marketing of the successful Centi-Seed® brand, trademarked in 1954. The brand has stood for increased quality, high germination rates, and less-expensive lawn establishment for the customer (prior to Centi-Seed, Centipede lawns were established through sprigging).
We continue the seed innovation legacy with the development of TifBlair™ Centipede and Zenith® Zoysia. Zenith, introduced in 1990, is the only Zoysia available as both sod and seed.
Throughout the 1950’s and 1980’s, due to Bill’s vision and work with Dr. Glenn Burton’s improved Bermudas, Patten Seed was a leader in providing superior turfgrasses to Southeastern and Caribbean golf courses. Golf course building experienced a boom due to the interest generated by the game appearing on TV, increased leisure time, and accessibility to the sport beyond just the upper class. Patten Seed was a pioneer in the innovation of these new grasses, new harvesting and planting machinery, as well as new growing techniques to meet the increased demand for golf course turfgrasses.
As a sod producer, Patten Seed positioned itself throughout the 1960’s to the present by constantly developing and testing new, high-quality turf varieties, embracing and innovating new technology, along with establishing production farms readily accessible to Southeastern cities to provide the freshest sod possible.
Patten Seed owns the Super-Sod® brand. We started using the brand in 1980, to market sod in the expanding urban markets. Super-Sod, one of the South's largest producers of turfgrass sod and seed, sets the standard for the industry. Strategically-placed farms and outlets around the Southeast allows Super-Sod to provide superior, fresh sod to each customer. Our employees stand out as being industry professionals, who offer knowledge, experience, and a passion to serve. We deliver sod on-time, when we say we will.