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Please join us for our 2019 Open House

Friday, July 26, 2019
9:30am to 4:00pm EDT, Rain or Shine
Cardno Native Plant Nursery, Walkerton, IN

Please join us at our Nursery Open House celebrating ecological stewardship. Rain or shine, since 2001, we’ve hosted this special event every two years to highlight new trends and bring our friends together for an enjoyable, informative day on our 150 acre Native Plant Nursery and conference center grounds in Walkerton, IN.

Tour the Native Plant Nursery grounds and production facilities, take part in one of seven engaging workshops or presentations led by industry leaders, enjoy lunch, buy native plants, take a botanical tour, network, and more. The details are below. Let us know if you have any questions. To allow for proper planning, we appreciate individual RSVPs using the form below. We hope to see you on the 26th!

A map and directions is at the bottom of the page. Upon your arrival on the 26th, please sign in at the registration tent located in front of the Nursery office to receive a map of the grounds including the location and schedule of events.

To receive more information, please fill out the contact form on our contact us webpage.

Schedule of Events

9:30am Open House starts
All Day Vendor Displays
All Day Bioengineering/Equipment/Root Carpet Displays
All Day Native Plant Sale
Al Day Art Exhibit
Al Day Cardno Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Services Representatives
9:45 am – 10:45 am So I’ve Got a Native Prairie, Now What?
9:45 am – 10:45 am A Showcase of Exquisite Native Plant Species For Midwestern Landscapes 2
10:00 am – 10:45 am Nursery Tour
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Botanical Workshop
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Habitat Projects for Educational Settings
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Vegetative Erosion Control to Stabilize Soils Effected by Stormwater
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Networking
1:30 pm Plant Kit Drawings
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Nursery Tour
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Innovative Techniques for Cultural Resources Management
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Botanical Workshop

Presentations and Workshops

For session location information, please refer to the Map & Schedule handout available at the Registration tent.

So I’ve Got a Native Prairie, Now What?
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Joel Fisher, Production Manager/Assistant Business Unit Leader – Cardno 
In this presentation, we will cover a broad spectrum of topics including, new install prep and considerations, establishment, maintenance, and invasive control. Our goal is to give you confidence about the methods and practices that have been most successful for us and help you avoid the most common mistakes made during the process of developing a prairie.

A Showcase of Exquisite Native Plant Species for Midwestern Landscapes 2
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Jenny Allison, Project Manager/Ecologist – Cardno 
In this presentation, we will cover a broad spectrum of topics including, new install prep and considerations, establishment, maintenance, and invasive control. Our goal is to give you confidence about the methods and practices that have been most successful for us and help you avoid the most common mistakes made during the process of developing a prairie. The Great Lakes region of the United States has many wonderful native plant species that can be both aesthetically pleasing and beneficial to the landscape. This presentation takes an in-depth look at many of these species and includes information vital to planning a native landscape, such as pictures, descriptions of key characteristics, and ideal growing conditions. This presentation has been updated for 2019.

Habitat Projects for Educational Settings
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Vince Gresham, Field Technician 111/Nursery Marketing Coordinator – Cardno
Schools, parks, and community gardens can provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife while offering people the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning. This presentation will include tips on planning, installing, and utilizing native prairie gardens in educational settings. Attendees will receive guidance on many aspects of an educational prairie garden project, including: selecting a site, designing the prairie for optimum student engagement, building staff/community support, involving students in the planning and installation process, securing funding, and more. The presentation will also introduce participants to a variety of educational resources available to support and inspire learning in native prairie gardens.

Vegetative Erosion Control to Stabilize Soils Effected by Stormwater
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sarah Longenecker, County Conservationist – Soil and Water,
Jon Kingston, Sr. Project Scientist – Cardno,
Mark O’Brien, Business Unit Leader – Cardno
This panel presentation starts with Sarah Longenecker from the St. Joseph County Soil and Water Conservation District describing the main pollutants and causes of contaminates entering our waterways and some Best Management Practices to prevent this. Cardno nursery and installation representatives will discuss the practical applications of using native vegetation to control erosion. Questions answered by Cardno’s nursery include:

  • When is this material available?
  • What species work best in the Midwest?  
  • What kind of live stake success rates can be expected? 
  • How long will this material take to establish and what is
    the cost? 

Our services team will talk about installation techniques along with site preparation and maintenance.

Innovative Techniques for Cultural Resources Management
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Ryan Peterson, Senior Project Archaeologist – Cardno 
Cardno’s cultural resources management practice in the Midwest has been utilizing innovative approaches to current, complicated projects. This presentation will include discussions of historic cemeteries and urban archaeology. The focus will include current, innovative techniques such as the use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) and vacuum trucks to investigate urban archaeological sites. Attendees will also learn about the use of archaeological geophysics and structure from motion photogrammetry to document historic cemeteries.

Event Highlights

Lunch: Complimentary lunch will be provided to all Open House guests, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Please RSVP to help us plan appropriately.

Botanical Workshop: Bob Allison will be leading a botanical workshop identifying and discussing a wide variety of native plants. The hour-long sessions are scheduled at 11 and 2:45

Native Plant Sale: A selection of native plants will be available for same-day purchase and pickup. The list and order form will be at the Registration tent. The quantity of some species is limited, so stop by early for the greatest selection. Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Nursery Tours: Staff will be providing tours of the nursery, including seed production and preparation areas, greenhouses and growing operations. The 45-60 minute tours are scheduled at 10:00 and 1:30.

Art Exhibit: A wide selection of works by Cardno staff will be on display in the nursery main office area.

Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Demo: Cardno will demonstrate our designating and vacuum excavation procedures used to locate underground utilities. We will have standard, hand-held geophysical equipment on hand, including ground penetrating radar to provide a close-up view of our processes to horizontally designate utilities. We will also have our vacuum excavation truck on site to demonstrate our typical, non-destructive vacuum excavation methods, which allow us to determine the precise horizontal and vertical position, size, type, condition, material and other characteristics of underground utilities in addition to archaeological artifacts.

 

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Location & Contact Information:

www.cardno.com
nurserysales@cardno.com
574-586-2412