• Seed

    Cardno has both standard and custom seed mixes that provide a key part of the success of any restoration or native planting project.
  • Plants

    Cardno’s more than 350 native plant species are available in a variety of options to quickly create native habitats and stabilize project sites.
  • Trees & Shrubs

    Cardno has more than 50 species of Midwestern genotype bare-root trees and shrubs available for installation.
  • Erosion Control

    Cardno’s wide selection of bioengineering materials is used by the Cardno Services Team to help control erosion on disturbed sites and stabilize streambanks, lakeshores, and steep slopes.
  • Inventory

    Download Cardno's current inventory of seed, plants, and trees and shrubs, updated on a regular basis.

Cardno Native Plant Nursery

The Cardno Native Plant Nursery has more than 350 species of native plant and seed in stock, in addition to genotype-specific seed. Our full-service native plant nursery, located in Walkerton, Indiana, can immediately provide native plant and seed material, from wetland and prairie seed mixes to the deep-rooted native plants critical for shoreline stabilization and erosion control. Our team can also perform contract growing or create a custom seed mix for your next native landscape project.  We also provide natural coir bioengineering materials  that can be prevegetated with appropriate native species  to help advance ecological restoration and stabilization work.
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News & Events

New Cardno Native Plant Nursery Resource Catalog!

Dec 17, 2018
As we enter our 25th anniversary in 2019, we are proud to announce the upcoming release of the updated Cardno Native Plant Nursery Resource Catalog!

Our 2019 edition features several upgrades including:

  • Redesigned standard seed mixes. The revisions offer more diverse and robust seed mixes for your restoration projects. Almost all of the new mixes contain more seeds per square foot – and better performing species for the given habitats – than our previous mixes.
  • Slightly revised nomenclature on some species. We are emulating the current and standard nomenclature from the recently published Flora of the Chicago Region by Wilhelm & Rericha.
  • Details on our new Monarch Prairie kits, tailored for educators with everything they and their students need, including lesson plans and materials, to plant and learn from an outdoor lab at their school. More details on page 3.
  • Customized seed packets based on each region’s native habitat. We’ve seen an increase in market demand for these giveaways that make for great promotions and conversationstarters at tradeshows and conferences. Learn more on page 30.

As always, our catalog and resource guide contains useful information on hundreds of Upper Midwest native plant species, tips on design, planting, habitat establishment and maintenance strategies, as well as our professional restoration services.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new catalog and find the resource guide to be a useful tool as you move your unique projects forward. Contact us if we can help with any plant or seed needs for the 2019 season.


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Featured Species

Rattlesnake Master
Eryngium yuccifolium
- Rattlesnake Master

Mesic Prairie Forb

This is an attractive plant with clusters of unusual white to green, spiky, globe-shaped flowerheads from midsummer to early fall. Growing 3' to 5' tall, it has waxy bluish or grayish-green foliage that is stiff and strap-like and reminiscent of yucca plant. The common name comes from folk-lore that stated tea made from its roots could treat rattlesnake bites. It prefers full sunlight and medium soils.