Community tree nurseries provide a sustained source of low cost trees to plant in public spaces; along streets, in parks, cemeteries, and other town owned land.
Community tree nurseries are a wonderful way to reduce costs when enhancing your community, making it a healthy and vibrant place for all. There are currently four town based community tree nurseries in Vermont; South Burlington, Burlington, Montpelier, and Rutland. The Intervale Conservation Nursery grows larger numbers of trees which is used for restoration projects around the state.
There are many aspects to consider when starting or maintaining a nursery; we are currently in the process of creating a Guide for Community Tree Nursery Establishment, which will be available here soon. Until the guide is ready there are some examples of tree nurseries in other states that have been successfull.
Good Tree Nursery Practices. Practical Guidelines for Research Nurseries lists useful principles and tips to consider when preparing a nursery including; seedling quality, containers, substrates, fertilizers, nursery and plant hygiene, nursery environment and facilities, and nursery management.
Tree Pittsburgh Nursery provides an excellent case study of a city (Pittsburg) which has grown their nursery into a flourishing and successful community enterprise. Their site features an e-picture book that tells the story of their journey and the self-sufficiency and biodiversity the nursery has achieved over the last few years.
Our City Forest San Jose. Community Nursery and Training Center An excellent example of a community nursery harnessing effective community outreach through their website. The site is user-friendly and intuitive, featuring sections that provide the reader with plant profiles, care guides, and also list their upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. Overall, this resources can not only guide successful nursery practices but can also inform web design and outreach efforts.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri A successful community nursery case study.