Ernst Conservation Seeds offers hundreds of species of native & naturalized seeds & live plant materials
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Helping restore the native landscape for over 50 years.

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Native plants are vitally important to ecological restoration, and are increasingly seen as the best choice for use in almost every scenario.

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At Ernst Conservation Seeds, we grow, process, and sell hundreds of species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials for ecological restoration, sustainable landscaping, reclamation, wetlands, and natural resources conservation.

Our steadfast commitment to understanding our customers’ needs and advising them on the best solutions has been at the heart of our mission for over fifty years.

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Planting Guides for Native and Naturalized Seed Projects

Eastern North America features a wide variety of native and naturalized vegetation to replicate. We have developed a series of planting guides based on the majority of planting objectives which include erosion control and soil & water stabilization, beautification and landscape enhancement, creation of biodiversity and wildlife habitat & restoration, bioremediation to correct environmental problems, historical, cultural & ecological restoration, pollinator habitat for honeybees and native pollinators.

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Founded by Calvin Ernst in 1964, Ernst Conservation Seeds is the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States.

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Ernst Conservation Seeds has been a family business since Calvin Ernst founded the company. Calvin and the Ernst family still lead our operations today, though the extended Ernst “family” includes nearly 90 full-time employees.

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