Discover one ofVermont's Largest Collections of Ornamental Plants
The University of Vermont Horticulture Research and Education Center (HREC), also known as the "Hort Farm," is home for many trees, shrubs, perennials, apples and small fruit. More than 700 kinds of ornamental trees and shrubs, many of them uncommon or unique, are planted at the Hort. Farm. One of the largest known mature ornamental crabapple collections in the Northeast is located here.
Purchased in the early 1950s, the 97-acre Hort. Farm
is used for agricultural research and instruction of UVM classes, and
by professional plant organizations and gardening groups. For
years, University horticulturists have been testing new and unusual
plants for their adaptation to the Vermont environment, especially to
our cold winters.
The Hort. Farm is generally open to when staffing is available and research procedures do not preclude public access to the facility. Generaslly, the facility is staffed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during special events (closed on holidays, some weekdays during growing season, AND from Labor Day through early November during apple harvest). (directions) The phone number is (802) 658-9166. You are asked to sign in at the Blasberg Building before beginning your tour of the property. There is a "Woodland Walk" which is a self-guided tour that describes the collections in detail.
For information about the Hort. Farm, contact Terry Bradshaw, at email@example.com or call (802) 658-9166. For information about workshops or special events, contact The Friends of the Horticulture Farm at (802) 864-3073.
Special Collections and Points of Interest:
-Grapes - A trial vineyard assessing cold-hardy wine and table grape varieties and best production methods was established in 2007.
Educational Farm. The mission of
Catamount Educational Farm
is to model sustainable farming practices through a working vegetable and fruit
farm that provides educational and research opportunities for the UVM community.
Students will be integral in carrying out all activities of the farm, and this
experiential learning environment will provide them with real and diverse
sustainable farm management skills. The farm will also contribute to the local
food system of the university by marketing the student-grown produce back to the
UVM community through a campus farm stand,
CSA shares and a wholesale
account with University Dining Services.
Read more about the Catamount Farm
- Cary Award Garden - Created during the summer of 2000, it is a collection of ornamental trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines that are noted as outstanding plants for use in landscapes in Vermont. The garden was developed from matching grants received from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation - Urban and Community Forestry Program and The Friends of the Horticulture Farm. The Hort. Farm’s garden of Cary Award winning plants is the only collection of its kind in New England.
- Crabapple Collection - The crabapple collection of over 120
different kinds of mature crabapple trees is one of the largest in the
Northeast. A special open house is held in May when the crabapples are
in bloom. In autumn, crabapples have colorful foliage and showy
- Lilac Collection - The lilac collection includes 90 kinds of lilacs ranging from 3 feet to 15 feet in height, and having a multitude of colors. Most of the lilacs are in bloom in late May.
- Other Woody Plant Collections - Rhododendrons, elms, chestnuts, conifers, viburnums and many other kinds of trees and shrubs are represented in the plant collections.
- Perennials - A display border of a large number of labeled perennial plants useful in Vermont gardens is located near the parking area. Research on perennials has included cut flower studies, hardiness trials and disease control of mildew on phlox. Asters and solidago (goldenrod) are being evaluated for their characteristics, hardiness and potential uses.
- Natural Areas - The woodlands, meadows, ponds and orchards offer a diverse habitat for wildlife. The Hort. Farm is a favorite stopover for migrating birds
- One of the largest bat houses in the Champlain Valley.
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