Native Plants in the Formal Landscape

Jan 23 2017 - 2:00pm

Everyone agrees that the preservation and establishment of native plant species is critical to the environment. We also agree that natives are in great decline along with the insects and wildlife that depend on them.  But how can we use these plants in our landscapes and still maintain a clean look?  This presentation talks about native species that behave in the formal landscape, the benefits of plants or seed, and the maintenance required to make it work.

Session Track: 
Landscape Design/Build


Cardno Native Plant Nursery

Mark O'Brien is the Director of the Cardno Native Plant Nursery located in Walkerton, Indiana. Mark has been in the native plant business for 17 years.
Mark is on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association and on the Advisory Board for the Integrated Crop Pollination Project at Michigan State University.  Mark is also on the advisory board with Indiana University South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future and IVY Tech’s Environmental Design Program South Bend.   Mark is an advocate of native plants and speaks around the Midwest on that topic.