Leonard Perry

I served as an Extension Horticulture Specialist at the University of Vermont for 35 years until my June 2016 retirement.  In my Extension role, I provided information and programming to the industry of Vermont, region, and North America.

Home gardeners in Vermont and surrounding areas know me from my frequent television appearances on the regional Across the Fence program, periodic radio interviews, and monthly news articles.  Many people join me yearly on local and regional gardening tours.  As a Professor, I led an active research program on all aspects of perennial production and overwintering, and continue to collaborate with Burlington Parks and Recreation on the Waterfront Display Gardens featuring new annual flowers.


Published author, "The Fruit Gardener’s Bible" from Storey Publishing, a 4-color total revision of Lewis Hill’s Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden, 2012

Regular contributor to "Across the Fence"

Administrator Vermont Certified Horticulturist Program

Montly News Articles

Associations and Affiliations

Horticulturist in Residence for the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga

America in Bloom, National Judge

New England Nursery Association

New England Floriculture Inc.




Extension Professor Emeritus Leonard Perry

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ornamental Horticulture, Floriculture, Herbaceous Perennials--production and hardiness


  • Ph.D. Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1981
  • M.S. Cornell University NY1979
  • B.S. Auburn University, AL 1977


Office Location:

212 Jeffords Hall

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

PSS 095 Home Fruit Growing (2 credits, fall)

PSS 096 Home Hops Growing (1 credit, winter session)

PSS 096 Pollinators and Perennials (1 credit, winter session)

PSS 121 Indoor Plants (1 credit)

PSS 123 Herbaceous Garden Plants (2 credits)

PSS 195/6 Flowers and Foliage (1 credit)

PSS 196 Home Vegetable Growing (Spring, 2 credits)

PSS 196 Perennial Garden Design (Summer, 3 credits)

PSS 096 Home Herb Growing, Design, and Use (Summer, 3 credits)