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Creating a

Native Landscape

Restoring native plant communities and creating attractive,

dynamic landscapes using native plants requires in-depth

knowledge of native plants and habitats. When designing a

project, there are 9 basic elements of successfully establishing

native plant communities:


Determine project objectives


Determine budget and resources


Assess site conditions


Select plant species


Determine seed and plant quantities


Prepare site for installation


Follow appropriate timing


Install seed and plant material


Monitor and maintain site



Ohio DOT World War I Red Poppy

Remembrance Garden

Cardno’s Native Plant Nursery grew and

supplied the more than 1,600 full-size

red poppies

(Papaver rhoeas)

for the

Ohio Department of Transportation’s

(ODOT) World War I (WWI) Red Poppy

Remembrance Garden, which honors those

who lost their lives in WWI. Following

WWI, the red poppy bloomed in the

battlefields and cemeteries all over Europe

and also became the national symbol of the

American Legion.

Following the early to mid-summer poppy

blooms, the garden was replanted and

transitioned into a native pollinator garden

in fulfilment of ODOT’s commitment to

increased pollinator habitat and support for

Ohio’s Pollinator Habitat Initiative. Cardno

completed the installation and maintained

the site through June 2018. Cardno

Marketing developed the commemorative

posters and seed packets provided at the

dedication ceremony and permanent signage

highlighting Ohio’s role in WWI and the

symbol of the red poppy.

Determine project objectives

A restoration project may seek to achieve one or several goals, such as:

Manage stormwater

As stormwater infrastructure becomes overburdened, and additional regulations are

adopted, communities are seeking alternatives to conventional stormwater systems.

Natural treatment options, such as bioswales and rain gardens, have been shown

to assist with water quality and quantity management issues. Cardno can provide

stormwater planning options and assist with regulatory compliance.

Restore watersheds

Water quality and quantity have gained importance in areas that have long enjoyed

abundant, clean water. Native landscape ecosystems can support water purification,

groundwater recharge, and stormwater management. Healthy aquatic ecosystems rely

on a carefully managed balance of vegetation, hydrology, and biological communities.

Cardno’s team of aquatic ecologists can assist with watershed assessment and design.