Friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust announce award recipients

Kathy Vesh, of Chesterton, is one of this year's recipients of the Friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust "Bringing Nature Home" native landscaping award. Vesh and the other recipients will receive their awards today at the award presentation during the Shirley Heinze Land Trust Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

MICHIGAN CITY | Friends of Shirley Heinze Land Trust have announced the award recipients for the Bringing Nature Home native landscape program. Each winner has used native plants in their landscaping with the effect of bringing back what human development has greatly reduced. These award-winning gardeners helped "bring nature home" by helping to re-establish the food web for neighborhood critters.

The Bringing Nature Home native landscaping award recipients are Matthew Benus, of Gary; Dawn Narjes, of Crown Point; Tom Neff and Janice Keim, of Valparaiso; Elizabeth Novickas, of Beverly Shores; Kathy Vesh, of Chesterton; and James Wrzesinski, of St. John.

A presentation of awards will take place during the Shirley Heinze Land Trust donor appreciation luncheon today at Tryon Farms, after the dedication of a new portion of Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve, a state-dedicated nature preserve in Michigan City owned and maintained by the Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

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There is great interest among park districts, golf courses, schools, developers, businesses and arboretums about using native plants in landscaping. The awards for these entities will be announced at a later date and awarded Nov. 18 at the Heinze Trust's 30th anniversary luncheon at Potawattami Country Club in Michigan City.

The Friends of Shirley Heinze are dedicated to supporting the Shirley Heinze Land Trust mission. For more information, call (219) 879-4725 or visit www.heinzetrust.org.

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