Your Garden Has a Purpose
Planting native plants in your own garden can make a real difference.
In a developed landscape, natural areas are separated by roads, utility corridors, agricultural land, and residential neighborhoods—all potential barriers to the movement of animals and the plants they depend on. Native plants in any of these settings can provide safe passage between areas of natural habitat for important pollinators and seed dispersers, giving the “web of life” a “web” of habitat to live in.
Native plants provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. You can support healthy natural ecosystems by landscaping with native plants, shrubs, and trees, and by avoiding the use of invasive species that spread into our precious natural habitats.
Bringing Nature Home Awards
If you have a garden or landscaping that features native plants, consider submitting an application for the Bringing Nature Home award. Businesses, institutions, public agencies, landscapers, and home gardeners are eligible. If you meet the criteria, you will be awarded with a sign to place in your garden to show off your commitment to supporting native habitat!
Stephen Johnson & David Keaton
We’ve assembled a variety of resources from partners and national organizations for you to start your native garden, from advice, planting guides, and where to find native plants.
The Book That Inspired Us
Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
Where to Acquire Plants
Friends of Indiana Dunes Annual Plant Sale (April) Porter, IN
Wild Ones Annual Plant Sale (May) Hammond, IN
Wild Ones South Bend Chapter Plant Sale (May) South Bend, IN
Stantec Native Plant Nursery Walkerton, IN
Naturally Native Nursery South Bend, IN
Possibility Place Nursery Monee, IL
Grow Indiana Natives Directory
Prairie Moon Nursery Winona, MN
Prairie Nursery Westfield, WI
Living in the Dunes Native Landscaping Guide
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Invasive Plants in Indiana Brochure