What Sets Us Apart
Native Roots is a sister owned and operated native plant nursery with small operations in Richfield and Cleveland Heights, OH as well as Mineral Wells, WV. We began our operations in 2011, with the goal to be a native plant resource for home owners and businesses concerned about ecological restoration. We sustainably hand collect all of our seeds from their natural habitats in some of our favorite plant communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to make these species available to you. Native Roots now offers over 100 species of perennials, shrubs and small trees that bloom at different times throughout spring, summer, and fall. The inventory is always changing. Each of these plants provide a special role for a wide variety of pollinators and other animals. We also began studying and growing medicinal herbs in 2016 with Jennifer Johnson's leadership. We were fortunate to welcome Andrew Bishop into our team as a grower and Restoration Ecologist in 2016.
Sonia is a professional Wetland Biologist with a B.S. in Biology from Hiram College and a M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in restoration ecology from Ohio State University. Sonia has nearly 16 years experience in wetland and aquatic ecology.
Throughout her career, Sonia has collaborated with a wide variety of individuals across many disciplines to develop and implement project goals related to conservation, restoration, development, and mitigation.
She loves plants and has worked in nurseries and landscaping businesses since she was 16. Sonia has always wanted to be a grower and is now studying seed science.
Jennifer has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron. Jen also received a Certificate of Environmental Studies from The U of A.
Although she has spent most of her career as a leader in Corporate America, her passion is for plants... the living kind. During her time away from her day job, Jen devotes endless hours to gardening and hiking on the look-out for native seeds and medicinal plants. She spent her early adult life working in nurseries and landscaping and developed a love of native woodland plants.
With her sister as a guide, she is exploring the new world of growing native plants from self-collected seed. For her it is a real thrill to be able to contribute to improving biodiversity.
Andrew is a biologist who has focused on connecting people to nature through restoration. He received his B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster and a graduate certificate in Restoration Ecology from the University of Idaho. Andrew has worked for over 10 in resource stewardship across the country. He brings a breadth of knowledge and experience from native plant communities, to plant production, to public outreach. In 2016, he left a full time career to focus on raising his two children, Theo and Stella. He joins our team to keep his hands dirty and share his passion.
Together, they have extensive experience in the greenhouse, landscaping, and floral industries, as well as biology, environmental consulting, restoration planning and chemical engineering fields, to bring an eclectic mix of skills into the operation.