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Meet Our New Scandia Services Site Manager

Employee Profile: Erin O’Leary Erin O’Leary and friend Erin O’Leary is the new site manager at our Two Oaks office in Scandia, Minnesota. She has worked at PRI since 2013 where she started as an intern and then worked as a project manager and restorationist in Princeton. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a master’s degree in horticulture,...

Timing is Everything With IPM – integrated plant management

Sand prairies were restored to the PRI Princeton farm from corn fields and they are beautiful. Sometimes I think about starting one of those projects photographing for 365 days in one spot. For me it would be the little knoll in front of the Native Plant Center. IPM is crucial to maintaining authenticity of even large restored native plant communities. Opportunistic annual and short-lived perennial species abound in our world and invade from edges to centers of restored areas without persistent scouting...

Bringing People Together With The Land

As an employee of PRI for over two years now, I have heard and seen our slogan, “bringing people together with the land” many times. Not only is it catchy and on the bottom of all of my email signatures, but it is also rather fitting for a company like ours. I have never really stopped to think about it until the other day while I was working in my own little prairie at home. Last year, my wife and I decided to replace a small flower bed in the middle of...

Greetings From The Scandia Store

As we turn from the unusual spring into seemingly summer this week, nature sure keeps us on our toes! If you are one of the fortunate who is heading up to the lake and are tired of mowing at home and at your cabin retreat, stop into one of our stores to get some ideas on how to make that a thing of the past. There are a lot great shrubs, plants and grasses that can help you achieve a beautiful landscape that is low maintenance. There are many benefits to adding...

About Our Minnesota Native Landscaping Company’s Retail Stores

by Heidi Sjoquist, Director of Retail Operations            Heidi Sjoquist At first glance you might think our native landscaping company is only about the installing and maintaining native landscapes for various clients across the Upper Midwest.  While installation and vegetation management is a huge part of what we do, we also have other important functions, and one of those is our retail stores. It might surprise...