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.
Next, Mark showed us Cardno’s very large rain garden.
After the rain garden, we went back inside to learn about some of the machinery used at a plant nursery.
Then, we went back outside to take a look at Cardno’s second and smaller rain garden.
Next, we headed to the greenhouses.
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.
We also looked at their growing process and even talked about the “art of irrigation” at a plant nursery.
We even got to see the “heart of the operation” – the ladies that plant the plugs.
After that, Mark told us about the eastern prickly pear cactus, which is native to Indiana!
Lastly, we took a look at Cardno’s specialty crop: wetland plants.
A special thanks to Mark O’Brien for giving the Bowman Creek team a tour of Cardno’s facility. We had a great time!
You can check out all of the photos from the visit below.