University of Vermont
Horticultural Research Center


Discover one of Vermont's Largest Collections of Ornamental Plants 

The University of Vermont Horticultural Research Center, 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 over 40 years, University horticulturists have been testing new and unusual plants for their adaptation to the Vermont environment, especially to our cold winters. Many journal and popular articles have been published on the research performed at the Horticultural Research Center

The Hort. Farm is open to visitors Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and for special events (closed on holidays and some weekdays).  (directions) 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 encounter and describes the collections in detail. 

For information about the Hort. Farm, contact Greg Eurich, Horticulture Farm Manager at 658-9166.  For information about workshops or special events, contact The Friends of the Horticulture Farm (864-3073). 

Special Collections and Points of Interest:
- 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 fruit. 

- Apples - Ongoing research is being conducted on apple scab, apple replant disease, cultivar/rootstock combinations, and the Vermont Lattice System (a new training system for growing apple trees). Scab-resistant apple varieties are tested and evaluated. 

- 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. 

- Juniper Collection -The juniper collection includes 60 kinds of junipers. They range from spreading groundcovers to tree size, and vary in shape and color. 

- Other Woody Plant Collections - Rhododendrons, 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.

These pages maintained by David Heleba (David.Heleba@uvm.edu)


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