Following is a partial list of resources about trees. We will be adding more to this list over time.

Urban & Community Forestry Program

The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program has published these four handy brochures on various aspects of purchasing and planting trees. Feel free to download, print and share these great resources.
Planning to Purchase A Tree
Protecting Your Investment with Proper Planting Technique
Pruning Trees
The Right Tree in the Right Place


Brockman, Frank C.; Trees of North America, Golden Field Guides

Dirr, Michael; Manual of Woody Landscape Plants This is the bible of landscape plants.

Coombes, Allen J.; Trees , Dorling and Kindersley Handbooks

Pellet, Norman E. and Mark C. Starrett; Landscape Plants for Vermont, 2002 Edition. Available from UVM Extension Master Gardener Program

Pellett, Norman E.; Native Shrubs and Vines for Northern New England Landscapes. 2001. Available from The Friends of the Horticulture Farm, PO Box 64788, Burlington VT 05406-4788.

Petrides, George A.; Trees: Peterson First Guides

Petrides, George A.; Trees and Shrubs, Peterson Field Guides

Plotnick, Arthur; The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town

Wyman, Donald; Shrubs for American Gardens


State of Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program

Burlington Parks and Rec - Urban Forestry

UVM Extension Master Gardener Program

Friends of the Hort Farm

Perry’s Perennial Pages (great links!)

Award winning plants for New England (See also: Cary garden at the Hort Farm)

Friends of Burlington Gardens & the Vermont Community Garden Network

New England Wildflower Society HQ is Garden In the Woods, Framingham, MA; has a Vermont Chapter; Great place to visit, buy plants. Good book resources in shop/on line.


There are active volunteer tree groups in several Vermont communities. Some of these include the towns of: Brandon, Brattleboro, Burlington, Castleton, Lyndonville, Montpelier, Springfield, St. Johnsbury, South Burlington, White River Junction/Hartford.

Most towns have a Tree Warden (ask your town clerk who this person is) and many have a Conservation Commission. If your town doesn’t have an active group, consider consulting with a group in a nearby town until you know enough to start a group in your town. Assistance is available from your District Forester and other staff of the Urban and Community Forestry Program.