University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Register Now for Tour of Greater Boston Area Gardens

Burlington--Renowned Vermont horticultural experts Dr. Leonard Perry and Charlie Nardozzi will lead a special three-day tour this summer of Greater Boston area gardens including the world-famous Arnold Arboretum. Interested gardeners are advised to sign up early as the tour is expected to fill up quickly. 

The tour, co-sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga in New York, will run July 29-31. Registration is now open with early bird discounts available. Note that at several locations on the tour, participants will be able to purchase plants and garden items--with space reserved on the bus to take them home.

Registrations will be accepted until June 25 or the tour is full. The cost is $379 per person (double occupancy) if received by March 25, $399 by May 25 and $419 after that date. The single room supplement is $130 to cover additional hotel costs.

For details and a downloadable registration form, visit To request a disability-related accommodation, contact Leonard Perry at or (802) 656-2630 by May 25.

The fee covers all admissions, two nights' accommodations, most meals, snacks, refreshments and travel by luxury motor coach. Pick-up points are the UVM Horticultural Research Farm, South Burlington; Montpelier and the White River Junction area. A confirmation receipt, full itinerary and directions to departure sites will be mailed prior to the tour.

The first day's itinerary includes a visit to Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, N.H., which is the designated site for the Proven Winners Program in the eastern United States. In the afternoon the tour stops in Portsmouth where participants will visit the historic gardens and homes of Strawberry Banke and the All-America Selections flower display gardens at Prescott Park on the waterfront.

Day two highlights include a special guided tour of Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Mass., a National Historic Landmark affiliated with Harvard University and noted for its impressive collection of woody plants. Stops also will be made at a specialty perennial nursery known for its unique daylilies and hostas and Wilson Farm Market near Lexington, Mass., which sells locally produced specialty foods. The final day of the tour features a visit to the 132-acre Tower Hill Botanic Garden near Worcester, Mass., and Russell's Garden Center in Wayland, Mass.

For more information contact Leonard Perry at or (802) 656-2630 or Heidi teRiele Karkoski at or (518) 585-2821, ext. 225. TeRiele Karkoski is the Director of Horticulture at King's Garden and also a tour leader for this trip.