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.
Learn more about the native species we often carry at the Nursery ⇒ CVNPRN Native Plant List
Find us at 685 York Street, Poultney, VT 05764
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The Nursery offers a variety of native plants as potted and/or bareroot stock. Potted stock is available throughout the growing season while bareroot stock is for spring sale only. 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.
Please contact us to see an availability and price list or to make an appointment to visit the Nursery:
Hilary Solomon, District Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadie Brown, Nursery Manager, email@example.com
CVNPRN supports our project partners by offering a discount on large orders. When ordering potted plant stock, customers receive 10% off orders of 20 stems or more and 20% off orders of 30 stems or more.
While we encourage pick-up at the nursery we can deliver your order as needed. The delivery fee is dependant on distance traveled and is as follows:
2021 Spring District Plant Sale
Each year PMNRCD holds a plant sale traditionally offering a combination of native trees, shrubs, and perennials, as well as fruit trees and berry bushes. The sale offers plants that are not usually available at the nursery in addition to CVNPRN grown stock. All funds generated by this sale are used to support District and Nursery educational and technical programming.
This year we are offering a variety of native trees and shrubs for landscaping or naturalizing (incl. balsam fir, sugar maple, serviceberry,and winterberry), native edible plants (incl. red mulberry, american plum, elderberry, and hazelnut), as well as apple trees, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and asparagus.
Included in the plant sale offerings this year we have a 2021 PMNRCD Calendar! We will be offering the calendar for early pickup and it will be available for purchase starting the week of 12/21/2020. The calendar features photos from around the Poultney Mettowee Watershed taken by PMNRCD staff and local producers. In addition to 12 pages of photos, the calendar also has conservation and agriculture related facts and dates.
SPOTLIGHT – Nursery News and Events
After a busy summer the nursery hoop houses will be soon closing for the season. Don’t worry though, we are still available for questions and to take spring orders!
We are already thinking about next spring, stay tuned for sale and event information.
Please call or email, if you have any interest in working at the Nursery this upcoming growing season! Volunteers are always welcome to assist at the nursery in the spring – fall months. Come learn about the work we do through the power of plants and help us build a healthier watershed.
Please contact us for any individual or group planting interest.