Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Landscaping Recognition Program
Why Native Plants are Important
Shirley Heinze Land Trust has worked for more than 35 years to protect and restore nature areas in Northwest Indiana. Home gardeners, landscapers, organizations and businesses can help us in our mission to support healthy natural ecosystems by landscaping with native plants and trees that provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, and by reducing the use of invasive plants that can spread into neighboring natural ecosystems and choke out the plants and trees growing there.
Learn more about the importance of using native plants in your garden or landscape and find out where to responsibly purchase native plants by visiting the links below.
Bringing Nature Home Online Application and Instructions:
- Complete and submit the online application below.
- Submit three to five photographs of the plantings (See example photos here) in the application below, or via email to Communications Coordinator Barb Labus at email@example.com.
- A visit to your planting will be arranged after the receipt of your application.
The following minimum criteria should be met:
- Plantings should be primarily at least in the second growing season.
- Native plants are defined as those growing in this region before European settlement (Please refer to “Landscaping with Plants Native to Indiana”)
- Landscaping must be generally free of invasive, non-native plants. Learn more about Invasive species here.
- At least one water source for wildlife and/or water conservation
- Entrants must be located in Lake, Porter, LaPorte or St. Joseph Counties in Indiana.