The Horticulture Research and Education Center has opened itself up to additional partnerships with organizations within the Burlington area. These organizations utilize land at HREC while also contributing to the stewardship of the land and offering classes, workshops, and tours to local residents.
Formed in 1994, the Friends of the Horticulture Farm (FHF) is a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and promoting the significant plant collections and natural areas of the UVM HREC for education, research, and public enrichment. The group, composed of interested citizens, local garden club members, professional horticulturists, and landscape architects, is working in partnership with the University of Vermont to develop both short-term and long-term plans to provide for the stewardship of this wonderful and important resource. The Friends also sponsors public programs, and engages in fundraising and collections preservation.
The Burlington Community Tree Nursery is a community-based partnership linking the UVM community, the City of Burlington Department of Parks and Recreation, and the local citizenry. The UVM HREC hosts the BOB nursery where trees are grown from saplings into plantable specimens that are installed throughout the city of Burlington.