The 2023 Crew
Karin Maloney Anderson, Co-Owner & Manager
Karin’s background is in archaeology, natural resources, and natural history interpretation. (Photo: Karin in Orkney, Scotland at the Ness of Brodgar excavation, 2017). She has her undergrad from Ball State, and MA from The Ohio State University. Karin has worked as a contract archaeologist, raised four children at home, spent six years as a history interpreter for Hamilton County Parks and Recreation, ... a jack of many trades!
Coming to habitat restoration in a round-about way, Karin has had a 4 year crash course in all things native ecology. She's happy to have NPU to help share what she's learned from her wide-ranging interests over the years!
Hollyn Anderson, Co-Owner & Director of Natural Resources and Education
Hollyn Anderson specializes in natural history, wildlife biology, traditional arts, and interpretation thereof. Currently plugging away at updating and fleshing out NPU's species profiles, photo index, and educational content!
She is proud to have volunteered at For the Birds of Indiana wild bird rehabilitation center, Ball State’s Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, as an interpreter and fossil preparator at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and to have worked as a Natural History Interpreter at Conner Prairie. Now she has her sights set on ecosystem restoration and education on her home turf and beyond. Any hand crafts or natural material processing hanging around the sale tables are a sure sign she is nearby...
Éamonn Anderson, Co-Owner & Director of Business and Communication
Éamonn (ay-mun) graduated from Ball State in 2016, in Telecommunications Sales and Marketing. He started at GameStop while still in university and stayed on for 6 years, including 3 years as assistant manager. Eamonn handles marketing, HR, and the business side of NPU.
Éamonn enjoys a dark stout, and a good game of Magic the Gathering, media analysis, and classic video games. He has been teaching himself to use the smoker grill, and learning the joys of cast iron and cooking-- an overall handy fella to have around! Over these early years of the business, he's learned more about plants and growing things than he ever wanted to know, so make sure you quiz him at the sale ;)
Liam Anderson, Co-Owner
Liam helps out as his schedule allows- If you have children in baseball, you may have seen him on the Fishers youth baseball diamonds as umpire! He has a BA in English from Ball State in 2023, with a focus on teaching English as a second language. He hopes to teach in Japan this coming year!
Liam enjoys Japanese pop culture - books, games and anime. You may see him at the register and being an all around mensch when it comes to helping at the sales wherever it's needed!
Tiernan Anderson, Co-Owner
Tiernan is our youngest owner. He was graduating high school when we bought NPU and has just sort of grown into a vital support role, in the business as well as with home & garden projects. His passion is with storytelling though, and he's well into writing his first fiction novel. He's an avid gamer, and reader of both fiction and non-fiction.
Tiernan's fondness for baked goods led him to teach himself how to make all sorts of bread, cakes, and cookies and we make sure to enable his interest!
George Peregrim- Founder Emeritus
In 2005, NPU founder George Peregrim could not find local sources for the diversity of species he was planning for his yard. He needed prairie plants, rain garden plants, shade plants, support for critically scarce pollinators, and host plants for monarch butterflies and other native species. Having just completed the Indiana Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat class, he was inspired to create Native Plants Unlimited to specialize in regional native plants species. From humble beginnings selling about 30 species in his driveway, he expanded the business to include well over 100 species during the spring plant sale!