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.
Outdoor Elements Episode Features 'Bringing Nature Home' Awardee
Watch this video episode of Outdoor Elements in which host Evie Kirkwood, Director of St. Joseph County Parks, interviews Programs Manager Sarah Barnes and tours the South Bend native plant garden of Deb Marr, 2017 recognition recipient.
(It is the first story in the program.)
Bringing Nature Home Awards Program
If you already have a garden or landscape that features plants that are native to northwestern Indiana, please consider submitting an application for the Bringing Nature Home award. Businesses, institutions, public agencies, landscapers, and home gardeners are eligible. Founded by The Friends of Shirley Heinze, the program takes its name from the book written by native-plant advocate Douglas Tallamy.
The following minimum criteria should be met:
See previous Bring Nature Home award recipients here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A visit to your planting will be arranged after the receipt of your application.