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Who We Are
 
Native Roots, Inc. is small a sister owned and operated native plant grower in Northeast Ohio and Wood County, West Virginia. 

We strive to build community as a native plant supplier and service provider, and as educators  and collaborators working with our customers, nonprofits, park systems, government entities and even our competitors to improve biodiversity.


 

Native Roots, Inc.

Native Roots is a sister-owned and operated native plant nursery with small operations in Richfield, OH, and Mineral Wells, WV.  We began our operations in 2011, with the goal to be a native plant resource for homeowners and businesses concerned about ecological restoration. We sustainably hand-collect seeds from their natural habitats in some of our favorite Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia plant communities to make these species available to you. Native Roots now offers over 100 species of perennials, shrubs, and small trees. Each of these plants fills a special role for a wide variety of pollinators and other animals. 

Native Roots Inc is now in 2 locations and expanding to provide more services. 

 

Native Roots Inc nursery in Richfield, Ohio is open by appointment only. The best way to browse the plants and get some free advice is to attend an event. See the Events page for 2023 Scheduled Events including Open House Events at the nursery.

Native Roots WV Native Plant Nursery Inc and Native Roots Lawn Services Inc. opened for business in West Virginia in 2022 as the WV division of Native Roots Inc. The nursery in Wood County will open with regular hours May 3, 2023.

WV nursery address:

598 Deems Road

Mineral Wells, WV 26150

Hours:

By appointment

Please call 304-210-3966.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see posts from the nursery, our events, resources and last minute updates on events.  

Sonia Bingham

President 

 

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 24 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.   

 

Sonia loves plants and has worked in nurseries and landscaping businesses since she was old enough to work.  She has always wanted to be a grower and finds joy in discovering and collecting seeds from unique wildflower populations to share their beauty and benefits with others..

Email Sonia at:

sonia.bingham@nativerootsinc.com



Jennifer Johnson

Vice President

 

Jen has always loved nature and gardening. She spent her early adult life working in nurseries and landscaping and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Certificate of Environmental Studies from The University of Akron in 2007. Jen worked as an engineer and manager in the chemical industry for over a decade and in 2020 left the chemical plants to teach 8th grade science at a middle school in Parkersburg, WV. Although Jen loved teaching science, she could tell the demand for natives was increasing. In 2023 Jen switched to substitute teaching in order to expand Native Roots Inc. inventory and services.

 

Jen loves learning and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Environmental Science from Marshall University. Although Jen is passionate about the environment, it can be a very depressing field of study. This makes being the VP of Native Roots such a blessing. Interacting with customers who are passionate about natives and helping people connect with native plants to provide food and habitat for stuggling species and improve biodiversity brings Jen hope for the future. 

Email Jen at:

jen@nativerootsinc.com

 

Evolution of Native Roots

Starting Small

Starting Small

Starting small in 2011

Family

Family

We have been fortunate that our love for plants has also brought us together as a family. Grandpa John and boys constructing our first benches.

2013 hoophouse

2013 hoophouse

Constructed a hoophouse in 2013

Countryside Farmer's Markets

Countryside Farmer's Markets

We joined the Countryside Farmer's Market community in 2014.

Market Days

Market Days

2015 Greenhouse

2015 Greenhouse

In 2015, we erected the greenhouse that is currently on the NRI property.

Sisters and Mom

Sisters and Mom

The three women behind the operation

O Works

O Works

O Works joined the market in 2016 and started offering a selection of his art work for sale

2021 NRI Meadow Burn

2021 NRI Meadow Burn

Applied fire to the prairie to improve wildflower success.

2021 Post Burn

2021 Post Burn

Improvements

Improvements

We continue cleaning and expanding each year

O Works

O Works

O works is also improving!

Help from our Friends

Help from our Friends

We still seize each moment we can to gather with friends and have fun while we work!

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