Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery

The 2024 Plant Sale Fundraiser is now open! Scroll down for more information

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


Take a tour of our soon to be installed educational gardens! 

CVNPRN Rain Garden

CVNPRN Pollinator Garden


Ordering 
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, hilary@pmnrcd.org

Sadie Brown, Nursery Manager, sadie@pmnrcd.org

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:
0-25mi $50
26-50mi $100
51-100mi $175


Volunteer Seed Collection

The Champlain Valley Native Plant Restoration Nursery (CVNPRN) is expanding our volunteer seed collection efforts for nursery stock and other South Lake Champlain Basin projects.  We have been busy creating a map to assist in these efforts and are excited to share this working document with you! 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1ZFyJqfLlmk6cGHAANTUm0AzgKhZjw4Y&usp=sharing

CVNPRN envisions an informed community, committed to protecting and promoting a resilient and ecologically functional native-plant-based landscape. 

Supporting Documents
Link to PDF on how to use the different map layers Seed Collection Map Layer Description
Link to PDF on descriptions of the Natural Communities found within the map Natural Community Description
Link to PDF on general collection protocols for CVNPRN Seed Collection



SPOTLIGHT – Nursery News and Events

SPRING PLANT SALE FUNDRAISER

The Poultney Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District is holding our annual plant sale fundraiser! 

The goal of this sale is to make native plants and fruit producing plants more available within the community.  This year we are offering a variety of native trees and shrubs for landscaping, naturalizing, and foraging (incl. balsam fir, sugar maple, serviceberry, elderberry, and winterberry) as well as a variety of berries (blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry) and fruit trees (apple, peach, pear, and cherry).

There are many benefits to using locally grown, native plants in your landscape. Native plants are more likely to thrive in our regional climate and they provide critical resources for wildlife. Consider these plants for backyard birds and pollinators, stabilizing stream banks and shorelines, or for use in rain gardens. We source our trees from Vermont (many are from our own nursery!) and neighboring states, when possible, to ensure that the plants we offer are adapted to and will thrive in the local climate and soils.

New this year – CVNPRN hats, tree tubes, soap packets, and horseradish.

All funds generated by this fundraiser are used to support District and Nursery educational and technical programming.

How it works- 2024

Pre-order sales are now open! Click the links below to view our catalog and order form ⇓
PMNRCD 2024 Plant Sale Catalog V5
PMNRCD 2024 Plant Sale Order Form V7

Questions? contact Sadie at sadie@pmnrcd.org or (802) 287-6606

Ordering- Please send in your order form by email or mail (with payment included). We will process your order and send out confirmation shortly after.  If you mailed in your order and don’t hear from us right away that is a good thing, it means that we have your plants in stock!  Orders are due by April 18th. If you order after March 31st please inquire about availability before sending in your order/payment. 

Payment – Payment must be received to reserve and pick up plants.  We accept cash or check mailed to or dropped off at our office in Poultney.  Please make checks payable to PMNRCD. Our mailing address is PMNRCD, P.O. Box 209 Poultney, VT 05764.

Pick up- In person pick-up is May 4th from 9-12pm at the Champlain Valley Native Plant Nursery 685 York Street Poultney, VT 05764.  All plants must be picked up during the scheduled time.  Many of our plants sell out but leftover plant stock and hardgoods will be for sale day of and can be added to your order.  We look forward to seeing you (or a friend!) at pick up.

What to expect- At pick up your plants will be grouped and set up by the last name on your order.  Staff will be on site to assist and answer any questions. Unless they are potted, plants will be packaged with either moist sawdust or hydrogel, both of which help to keep the plant roots moist and cool until planting.  Many of the plants we are selling are bareroot, meaning they do not have any soil.  This allows for easy transport, less risk of spreading disease, and ease of planting.  Please refer to this sheet for storage and planting guidelines.



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Volunteer Opportunities

Please call or email, if you have any interest in working at the Nursery this fall or upcoming spring!  Volunteers are always welcome to assist at the nursery in the spring – fall months.  Spring activities may include planting trees at restoration sites, sowing seeds collected from last season, opening the hoop houses, transplanting potted stock, and general nursery weeding/watering.  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.

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