BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Native plant community installations have become popular for their aesthetic and environmental qualities.
Native plant communities can help to manage stormwater, improve resource management and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.
Individuals wanting to learn more about landscaping with native plants are invited to join a bus tour of several successful native plant communities that have been installed in the Bloomington area.
At each project location on the tour, there will be a review of the site's design, installation, and maintenance issues.
The "Native Plant Communities in the Commercial Landscape," bus tour will take place Aug. 5. Potential attendees must register by July 31.
Landscape architects, project managers and native plant nursery professionals will be on hand to discuss each project and answer questions.
The tentative schedule for the Aug. 5 tour, which will begin at 8 a.m., will include morning visits to Indiana University Bloomington Stream Mitigation Site, Miller Showers Park, and Bradford Woods Wetland Treatment Cells.
After lunch, afternoon site visits will be to Evergreen Village, City of Bloomington Utilities Native Plantings and Bryan Park Stream Restoration.
Lunch will be included in the registration fee of $25. The fee basically offsets costs of bus rental and lunch.
The tour will conclude close to 3 p.m.
For more details about the tour, call Eco Logic at 812-339-4011 or e-mail Rachel@ecologicindiana.com, or contact Kevin Tungesvick at Spence Restoration Nursery via phone at 765-286-7154 or e-mail at Kevin@spencenursery.com.
They have tour and registration information available.
Those interested may also obtain a copy of the registration form at the Marion County Soul and Water Conservation District or via its website under "What's New," at www.marionswcd.org.
Those attending the tour will meet at Lower Cascades Park at the large parking lot beside the Sycamore Shelter at the intersection of W. Cascades Park Road and North Old Martinsville Road (old State Road 37) in Bloomington.
Registration checks need to be made payable to Eco Logic, LLC.
Registration may be made by mail to Eco Logic, 3940 W. Farmer Ave., Bloomington, Ind., 47403, or fax to 812-339-1078 or e-mail to Rachel@ecologicinidiana.com.
Sponsors for the tour include the city of Bloomington, the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Spence Restoration Nursery and Eco Logic.