John Mark Courtney is an avid plantsman, professional grower and lover of all things wild. He is the founder and owner of Kind Earth Growers LLC, a native plant nursery specializing in aquatic, wetland and upland perennials in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After completing his bachelor’s degree in environmental design at Delaware Valley University in 1998, he began to pursue his passion for native plants and environmental stewardship. His career has included positions at Bowmans Hill Wildflower Preserve and Aquascapes Unlimited Inc., where he was the head grower and operations manager for 20 years. He was part of the 2014 Greenhouse Product News Class of 40 Under 40 and winner of the 2016 Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Green Achiever award.

Increase Pollinator and Wildlife Diversity With Native Plants

By John Mark Courtney / April 29, 2022 / 0 Comments

by John Mark Courtney & Victoria Holderer, Kind Earth Growers Nothing quite compares to the tranquility of sitting next to a pond with a hot cup of coffee at sunrise. Listening, you can hear some groggy frogs croaking their last calls of a long night and a cheery good-morning whistle from a male cardinal perched […]

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Native Plantings Revive Wet Meadow Ecosystems

By John Mark Courtney / April 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

Water in the landscape creates many opportunities for habitat creation and enhancement. After all, the enjoyment that open-water habitats, backyard ponds and water features provide for amphibians, fish, birds and humans alike is well known and at the core of mainstream gardening. A large and often overlooked opportunity can be found in gardening the wet, […]

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Sagittaria Brings Food, Fowl & Floral Enhancements to the Water Garden

By John Mark Courtney / December 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

What is there not to love about Sagittaria latifolia? For starters, there’s its beauty. Sagittaria is known for its verdant green, sagittate (or arrowlike) leaves coming off a central stem that is held aloft over shallow waters. White-petaled flowers bloom from June to mid-August. These plants are often at their best in the withering heat […]

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Right Plant, Right Pond, Nothing Left Out!

By John Mark Courtney / September 1, 2014 / 0 Comments

A well-designed water garden looks natural and organic, as though Mother Nature had lovingly placed each plant. But when you’re building your water garden from scratch, the selection and placement of plants falls to you! John Mark Courtney outlines the characteristics to consider when choosing which plants to use in your naturalistic (and healthy) backyard oasis.

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Make a Splash with Native Shoreline Perennials: Maintaining a balanced ecosystem with native plants

By John Mark Courtney / May 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

No matter how big or small the body of water, plants play an essential role in maintaining good water quality and a healthy, balanced habitat. In this ode to flora that will educate the most seasoned botanist, John Mark Courtney demonstrates how plants are the key element of a balanced pond ecosystem.

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