Interns Tour Native Plant Nursery

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On Thursday, BCe2 interns got a chance to tour the Cardno Native Plant Nursery in Walkerton, IN.

The interns learned about the products at Cardno, rain gardens, and some of the work that goes into running a native pant nursery.


We started the morning by learning about native plant seeds with our awesome “tour guide” and Nursery Operations Manager Mark O’Brien.

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Next, Mark showed us Cardno’s very large rain garden.

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After the rain garden, we went back inside to learn about some of the machinery used at a plant nursery.

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Then, we went back outside to take a look at Cardno’s second and smaller rain garden.

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Next, we headed to the greenhouses.

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Inside the greenhouse, we learned more about Cardno and what they do, about running a native plant nursery, and some challenges that come with running a plant nursery.

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We also looked at their growing process and even talked about the “art of irrigation” at a plant nursery.

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We even got to see the “heart of the operation” – the ladies that plant the plugs.

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After that, Mark told us about the eastern prickly pear cactus, which is native to Indiana!

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Lastly, we took a look at Cardno’s specialty crop: wetland plants.

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A special thanks to Mark O’Brien for giving the Bowman Creek team a tour of Cardno’s facility. We had a great time!

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You can check out all of the photos from the visit below.

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