Native Plant Nurseries and Landscapers

Annual Native Plant Sales

Several regional organizations, including Wild Ones South Bend, host annual native plant sales. Check out their websites for more information:
Friends of the Dunes (
Wild Ones Gibson Woods Chapter (
Wild Ones Kalamazoo Chapter (
Prophetstown State Park (
The South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society (

Native Plant Nurseries

  • Wildtype – wholesale plant nursery with select retail days
    Morgan, Michigan

Native Plant Mail Order Options

  • Natural Communities – wholesale seed, plants, bare root trees and shrubs
    Batavia, Illinois 

Local Native Plant Landscapers

  • The Botany Shop
    In addition to its retail store in South Bend, The Botany Shop helps homeowners convert their conventional lawns into vibrant landscapes and plant communities.
  • Indigo Gardens and Design 
    A full service design-install-maintenance business dedicated to beautifying outdoor spaces while limiting impact on the environment. 
  • Modern Rome        
    For native landscape palettes & seasonal landscape interest, Modern Rome 
    specializes in hardscapes, rainwater management, invasive plant and pest
    management and subsistent landscape systems. 
  • Naturally Native Nursery
    A small South Bend nursery specializing in Indiana native plants; landscape design and installation services offered. 

~When Buying Native Plants~

Most nurseries don’t specialize in native plants, but will have some native plant options.  However, this can be misleading. Often these plants are cultivars, are not actually native to this area, or are grown using neonicotinoid pesticides – all unfavorable. If you must buy from a nursery that is not a reputable native plant nursery, inquire with a salesperson (or their manager) about the nativity of the plant you are buying. It is good for nursery owners and box-store garden centers (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) to hear that informed consumers are only interested in buying locally native, straight-species that have not been treated with neonicotinoids (or received “NST”).