Lupinus perennis production field

Waiting for Spring

Feb 06, 2015

"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
-Rogers Hornsby

Welcome to the inaugural posting of our blog here at the Cardno Native Plant Nursery. It’s currently a balmy 23 degrees and we have about a foot of snow on the ground in our frosty northern Indiana home. Mark O'Brien, the Nursery Director, likes to remind us that the snow is “a gift,” and that it’ll end up in the ground, recharging our wetlands and groundwater.

We have a lot of things on our plate for 2015. Already, we have published our new and expanded website and have fully transitioned from Cardno JFNew (formerly JFNew & Associates) to Cardno. Later this summer, we will be having our bi-annual Open House on July 17th, which is always an educational and entertaining event. In the fall, we will be releasing a new edition of our Catalog & Resource Guide. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to keep abreast of these and future events.

Fortunately, there’s plenty to do at a native plant nursery in the winter time besides staring out the window and waiting for spring. In fact, the nursery is more like a wintering hive of bees-- beating its collective wings, getting done what needs to be done in the cold to stay warm and prepare for the coming year.

We have crews assiduously cleaning our harvests of native seed from the preceding season:

Seed Cleaning

Our sales staff busily gathering up a backlog of orders:

Quoting spring projects

And already, we have folks sowing the seeds that will become large and beautiful native plant plugs come springtime:


This blog will provide updates on what’s happening at the Nursery, and will be a resource for our customers—highlighting native plants and issues related to:

  • native landscaping
  • native pollinators
  • restoration ecology
  • green infrastructure
  • new products and techniques

The reality and beauty of living in a northerly clime is a movement through the seasons, everything with its time of activity, senescence and dormancy. While we’re still experiencing that period of dormancy here at the nursery, there are clearly many signs of life, and much to look forward to in the coming spring—new projects, new seedlings, new growth. Check back often and join us this year!