​Seven Bends Nursery LLC is a local native plant nursery focusing on sustainable horticulture and ecosystem based landscaping. We provide access to high quality plant material that benefits our livelihood, peace of mind, and health of our landscapes.


Our mission is to build community through knowledge of how native plants contribute the function of ecosystems and the services they provide (clean water, recreation, productive soils, etc.),


Working with Seven Bends, you will not only thrive in the living space you create for yourself, but will contribute to a healthier, integrated habitat for local wildlife and ourselves. Allow us to be your guide as we undertake this mission together!


Iara Lacher, PhD



An advocate of native plants for nearly twenty years, Dr. Iara Lacher brings the knowledge and experience that comes from degrees in Botany, Environmental Science and Management, and Ecology to Seven Bends Nursery and its customers. She is established in conservation and planning circles in this region through her research at the Smithsonian Institute, where she worked to connect her science to policy in order to help achieve sustainability goals. Iara’s knowledge of native plants, ecological systems, and plant physiology make her a useful resource as you introduce native plants into your landscape, ensuring you get a garden that is both beautiful and ecologically functional.


Passionate about education and outreach, Iara also loves to share her knowledge with others, and is available for workshops and talks on topics involving sustainability and native gardens. She hopes to empower individuals to make positive environmental changes and inspire environmental conservation.

Eric Morgan


Eric is an English teacher by training with a long love of hiking and camping. Initially a reluctant gardener, he became impressed when a little cultivation in the yard brought stunning flowers and a lot less lawn to mow! His love for natives was cemented, however, after seeing striped caterpillars chomping away on milkweed, tucking themselves into gorgeous emerald chrysalis, and emerging as stunning Monarch butterflies.  Now Eric helps in organization and problem solving wherever an extra pair of hands are needed. His favorite plants are Cardinal Flowers and Blanket Flowers.

Hutch (Branch Manager)

Hutch is always hard at work making sure the yard is safe from the intrusions of squirrels, groundhogs, and sticks. So far he has never found a ball he wouldn't chase until well past exhaustion.


Boo (Guard)

Boo is a very small chihuahua who loves to help out in the garden while Eric and Iara are hard at work. When he isn’t sunning himself on a lazy summer day, he is chasing butterflies or very small tennis balls into and around native flower beds. He is our trusty guard, keeping the flowers safe from harm.