2015 Nursery Open House

Please join us for our 2017 Open House

Friday, July 21, 2017
9:30am to 4:00pm EDT, Rain or Shine
Cardno Native Plant Nursery, Walkerton, IN

Please join us at our Nursery Open House celebrating ecological stewardship. Rain or shine, since 2001, we’ve hosted this special event every two years to highlight new trends and bring our friends together for an enjoyable, informative day on our 150 acre Native Plant Nursery and conference center grounds in Walkerton, IN.

Tour the Native Plant Nursery grounds and production facilities, take part in one of six engaging workshops or presentations led by industry leaders, enjoy lunch, buy native plants, take a botanical tour, network, and more. The details are below. Let us know if you have any questions. To allow for proper planning, we appreciate individual RSVPs using the form below. We hope to see you on the 21st!

A map and directions is at the bottom of the page. Upon your arrival on the 21st, please sign in at the registration tent located in front of the Nursery office to receive a map of the grounds including the location and schedule of events.

To receive more information, please fill out the contact form on our contact us webpage.

Schedule of Events

9:30am Open House starts
9:45 am – 10:45 am Protecting Natural Assets from a Land Trust Perspective
9:45 am – 10:45 am A Showcase of Exquisite Native Plant Species For Midwestern Landscapes
10:00 am – 10:45 am Nursery Tour
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Botanical Tour
11:10 am – 12:10 pm Reinforced Soil Slopes for Bank and Shoreline Stabilization with Native Vegetation
11:10 am – 12:10 pm Introduction to Honey Bee Biology
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Networking
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Nursery Tour
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Germinating Citizen Scientists
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Designing Gardens for Healthy Pollination
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Botanical Tour
All Day Bioengineering/Equipment/Root Carpet Displays
All Day Native Plant Sale

Presentations and Workshops

For session location information, please refer to the Map & Schedule handout available at the Registration tent.

Protecting Natural Assets from a Land Trust Perspective
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Kris Krouse, Executive Director of Shirley Heinze Land Trust
Shirley Heinze Land Trust has been protecting and preserving natural land in Northwestern Indiana since 1981. More than 2,200 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit. The organization’s efforts are currently focused on advancing a new strategic plan, implementing work in the Little Calumet River Corridor and the Hobart Marsh Conservation Project Areas, and protecting a rare bog habitat in St. Joseph County which was acquired last year.

A Showcase of Exquisite Native Plant Species for Midwestern Landscapes
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Jenny Allison, Production Manager/Grower at Cardno Native Plant Nursery
The Great Lakes region of the United States has many wonderful native plant species that can be both aesthetically pleasing and beneficial to the landscape. This presentation takes an in depth look at many of these species and includes information vital to planning a native landscape, such as pictures, descriptions of key characteristics, and ideal growing conditions.

Reinforced Soil Slopes for Bank and Shoreline Stabilization with Native Vegetation
11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Jim Blazek CPESC, Vice President and General Manager of D2 Land & Water Resource
With over 20 years in the bioengineering field Jim will relay his project experience. What techniques have worked and why. What needs to happen to make a stabilization successful? Live staking, live posts, brush mattresses, live booms, brush layering are all part of the discussion. What species should be used? When can they be planted? Jim will also discuss what other materials are used along with native vegetation to reinforce soil slopes.

Introduction to Honey Bee Biology
11:10 am – 12:10 pm
J Krispn Given, Apiculture Specialist, Purdue Entomology Dept.
Mr. Given will bring his extensive knowledge and experience and research with bee keeping at Purdue University to the forefront. This presentation will highlight his experience with research colonies, bee breeding and queen rearing. He will cover the lifecycle of bees, how and why bees make honey along with how they navigate their surroundings. The presentation will conclude with the current state of bee keeping and best management practices for bee keepers.

Germinating Citizen Scientists
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Ethan Olson, Urban Naturalist Manager ISA Certified Arborist Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful recognizes the importance of public participation, both mentally and physically, in creating a healthier and more beautiful planet. This presentation will discuss the different engagement efforts we utilize to educate and include the citizens of Indianapolis in accomplishing a mission of environmental stewardship. In 2016, our efforts garnered the creation of 5 community driven pocket parks, employed almost 100 youth, and engaged more than 18,000 individual volunteers to participate in city-greening projects. The successes of our programs show a true testament to the benefit of creating a green-minded citizenry and the need for replicated efforts throughout the United States.

Designing Gardens for Healthy Pollination
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Melinda M. Appold, Assistant Professor Purdue, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Registered Landscape Architecture Purdue University
Pollination Gardens are the hot trend in landscape design these days, but how does one sift through the multitude of plant lists that are available on the internet to determine what are the right native plants for you to plant in your Indiana garden. Melinda Appold, Assistant Professor in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University is an expert in designing gardens for healthy pollination. She will discuss how to choose plants that encourage bees and butterflies to your gardens, how to design beautiful gardens with native plants by sharing design principles for not only healthy foraging, but also creating habitats in your landscape.

Event Highlights

Lunch: Complimentary lunch will be provided to all Open House guests, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Please RSVP to help us plan appropriately.

Botanical Tours: Bob Allison will be leading a botanical tour across the property identifying and discussing a wide variety of native plants. The hour-long tours are scheduled at 11 and 2:45.

Native Plant Sale: A selection of native plants will be available for same-day purchase and pickup. The list and order form will be at the Registration tent. The quantity of some species is limited, so stop by early for the greatest selection. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Nursery Tours: Staff will be providing tours of the nursery, including seed production and preparation areas, greenhouses and growing operations. The 45-60 minute tours are scheduled at 10 and 1:30.


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