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 also help us in our mission to support a 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 Director 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 makes use of native plants, please consider submitting an application for the
awards, which recognize outstanding examples of landscaping that features native plants.
The following minimum criteria should be met:
Bringing Nature Home Online Application and Instructions:
- 2018 Application coming soon!
- Complete and submit the online application below or download and print the application pdf document and mail it to Shirley Heinze Land Trust at 109 West 700 North, Valparaiso, Indiana 46385.
- Please submit up to five photographs in .jpg format with the application below, or by mailing us a CD or prints of your photographs along with the application.
- A visit to your planting will be arranged after the receipt of your application.