Native plants are critical to healthy, functioning ecosystems. They provide habitat and food sources for many species, preserving biodiversity. Native plants can also aid in flood resiliency and water quality improvement.
Plant native plant species when gardening, landscaping, or restoring sites on your property. Ideally, buy plants grown in Vermont as they will have resistance to local diseases and will not be carrying a new pest that could be introduced to the local community. Be aware that some nurseries grow non-native species as well so be sure to know the complete scientific name (including subspecies when appropriate) of plants you are purchasing to avoid accidental introduction of non-natives and invasives.
The nurseries listed below are places around the state that grow and offer native trees and shrubs and should not be considered a complete list or an indication of endorsement.
Intervale Conservation Nursery, Burlington
The Intervale provides native, locally sourced trees and shrubs grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides for conservation projects. They also provide planting services to help you carry out riparian restoration and storm water management projects.
Drinkwaters Nursery Inc., St. Johnsbury
Drinkwaters Nursery grows native trees (cedar, spruce, balsam, sugar maple, red maple, and others) in the Northeast Kingdom. Trees are harvested and installed by hand per order.
Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery partners with Green Mountain College, The Nature Conservancy, and Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District to grow native seedlings from local seed stock in the Champlain Valley. They have an annual plant sale that offers native trees and shrubs at low cost to local landowners. Check out their resources page for each year's sale information.
Vermont Wetland Plant Supply, Orwell
Vermont Wetland Plant Supply grows native herbaceous plants, ferns, shrubs, and trees and offers seed mixes for storm water and ecological restoration projects. They grow plants from seeds and cuttings collected from around the state. They also provide consulting services on a variety of projects, inspections and assessments, and permitting and monitoring.
Miller Hill Farm, Sudbury
Miller Hill Farm specializes in native, locally sourced trees, shrubs, and perennials grown from seeds collected in Vermont.
For a list of horticultural businesses participating in PlantWise Vermont, a voluntary code of conduct developed by the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy and partners. These businesses have committed to discontinuing the sale, propagation, and installation of invasive barberry, Norway maple, burning bush, yellow iris, and Amur maple.