Design Natives

More and more homeowners are looking for help in designing native plant installations and finding designers with that experience is difficult. To help make that connection, we are adding a Design Natives certification to the Grow Indiana Natives program. Landscape designers are eligible if they design landscape installations using native Indiana plants (for instance, purple coneflower, butterflyweed, or serviceberry), and do not use invasive plants (for instance, burning bush or purple wintercreeper) in their designs. Designing with non-invasive non-native plants for instance, Kousa dogwood or littleleaf linden) is allowed under this certification. To learn more about which species are native, non-native, or invasive, visit the FAQ page. The annual fee for certification is based on business size:


Business Size Annual Certification Cost
1 to 15 employees $100
16 to 30 employees $150
31 to 50 employees $200
51 to 100 employees $250

How do I know whether a plant is native, non-native, or invasive? There are many resources to help determine whether a species is native, non-native, or invasive.  Common natives in horticulture is a list of many of the Indiana natives that are for sale at nurseries and retailers.  The USDA PLANTS database is a useful resource to look up the native range of plant species. Finally, the list of invasive plants in Indiana may be found here.

How would you benefit from Design Natives certification?  Your landscape design business would be featured on the Grow Indiana Natives website and you’d receive access to the Grow Indiana Natives logo and promotional materials.  The Design Natives members would be promoted on the INPAWS website as well as on the INPAWS Facebook group and in the Journal.

Ready to apply? Just fill out this form and send it off. The Grow Indiana Natives certification team will review and get back to you regarding certification.



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Address (Street, City, State, ZIP)

Please provide a summary of why you should qualify as a Grow Indiana Natives designer, including a description of the types of designs you create and your policy on using invasive plants in designs.

Please upload examples of your landscape designs using native plants (files must be less than 4MB).

Final step - click to affirm that you follow the Design Native rules (form will not submit without clicking here):

I certify that my business designs landscapes with native plants, and that we do not use invasive plants in our designs.