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Extension Professor, Greenhouse & Nursery Specialist
Plant & Soil Science
Agriculture & Life Sciences University Extension
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:Perennial flowers, hops, phlox, asters, monarda, ornamental grasses, astilbe
Biography:Perry teaches courses on indoor plants and garden flowers but is best known for his research on hops, comparative studies of greenhouse production methods, perennials forcing and hardiness and over-wintering practices. Home gardeners know him as a prolific writer, public speaker, radio and television personality, tour guide and webmeister imparting tips on all aspects of gardening -- especially perennials. Professionals in the lawn, garden and landscape industry count on his research, garden photography slide loan program, testing program for the Vermont Certified Horticulturist program, database of New England horticultural businesses, work on the New England Grows and New England Greenhouse conferences, and overall consultation to the industry. He surpervises demonstration gardens at the University Horticultural Farm and Waterfront Park.