Community Tree Nurseries

Community tree nurseries can provide a sustained source of low-cost trees to plant in public spaces within your community. There are currently a number of town-supported and volunteer-managed community tree nurseries in Vermont; South Burlington, Burlington, Montpelier, Barre City, and Rutland City. The Intervale Conservation Nursery also grows larger numbers of native, bareroot trees for restoration projects around the state. 

Interested in exploring what it might take to start a community tree nursery? Below are a few examples of tree nurseries in other states that have been successful.  You can also contact us to learn more about the existing community nurseries in Vermont.

Good Tree Nursery Practices. Practical Guidelines for Research Nurseries lists useful principles and tips to consider when preparing a nursery including seedling quality, containers, 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 is 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 resource can not only guide successful nursery practices but can also inform web design and outreach efforts.