The mission of the nursery is to produce high quality bareroot and container-grown seedlings from local seed stock for restoration and buffer plantings in the Champlain Valley. The nursery started in 2002 as a partnership between the Poultney Mettowee Conservation District and The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Lake Champlain Valley Program.
In 2011, the nursery partnership expanded when Green Mountain College joined us and the nursery moved from its previous location in NY to the GMC campus. During our time at the college the Nursery was able to provide enriched programming including education and outreach, workshops, internships, and research opportunities.
With the closing of the Green Mountain College Campus spring of 2019 the nursery was left without a home. The District decided to relocate the Nursery within Poultney in order to stay connected to the surrounding community and continue to serve as an educational resource. Working with the Village of Poultney, the Nursery has moved to its current location on York Street. This new partnership with the village provides exciting opportunities that we hope will strengthen the Nursery and PMNRCD’s capacity to provide educational and hands-on learning opportunities to local residents.
The main goal of the nursery will continue to be the propagation of native seeds for plantings. The plantings serve many goals including, stabilizing stream banks (reducing erosion), restoring native plant communities (clayplain and floodplain forests), re-establishing connectivity of habitat along riparian corridors, improving water quality, and preventing the spread of non-native plant material in the landscape.
The nursery receives a great amount of help from volunteers and interns in accomplishing seed collection, propagation and growing operations. Many opportunities exist for individuals and groups interested in learning about native plant production and lending a hand.
The long-term financial goal of the nursery is to become self-sustaining through the sale of seedlings. Seedlings are being sold to individuals and groups engaged in conservation and restoration plantings in the Champlain Valley such as regional watershed and county conservation districts, private conservation organizations, and farmers and private landowners enrolled in government cost-share conservation programs.
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SPOTLIGHT – Nursery News and Events
PMNRCD 2020 Plant Sale Order Now!
We hold an annual plant sale to offer a variety of trees and shrubs at low cost to landowners; many are grown locally at the Champlain Valley Native Plant Nursery in Poultney, Vermont.
There are many benefits to using locally-grown, native plants in your landscaping – they are more likely to thrive in our regional climate and they provide critical resources for our wildlife. Consider these plants for backyard birds and pollinators, stabilizing stream banks, or for use in rain gardens.
For best availability, please have your orders in by March 30, 2020
Prepayment is required! Please make checks out to PMNRCD and send to: PMNRCD, PO Box 209, Poultney, VT 05764.
Mark your calendars – Pick up Saturday, May 16th, at Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery located at 685 York Street Poultney, VT 05764.
Due to current stay at home orders and the possibility of further extensions we will be doing curbside pick-up. In order for pick-up to run smoothly and safely we ask for your help and patience the day of.
In an effort to reduce the number of people at the nursery at one time we are extending our pickup times and requesting those with last names A-K to come between 9-11am and those with last names L-Z to come between 11-1pm. By doing this we are hoping to reduce any wait time and traffic while orders are being retrieved. We realize this may not be possible for everyone but we greatly appreciate your compliance.
As customers arrive at the nursery we ask for there to only be three cars within the parking area at a time and for any others to line up on the side of the driveway/ access road. As you arrive at the parking lot one of the nursery staff will come up and request the name on the order and retrieve your plants for you.
If you are under self-quarantine, are ill, are of a vulnerable class, have no essential reason to leave your home, or just generally feel unsafe attending a pick up location on May 16th we completely understand and encourage you to Stay Home Stay Safe. If you can find a neighbor or friend who is able and willing to pick up the order and deliver it to you while still complying with social distancing guidance, you can give them your last name and pick up location logistics, and share with them any updates we send to you between now and then.
Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns regarding pickup. Feel free to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (802)287-0710.