Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture
Professor Emeritus, served as an Extension Horticulture Specialist at the
University of Vermont for 35 years until his June 2016 retirement.
In this Extension role, Dr. Perry provided information and programming to
the industry of Vermont, region, and North America. His prior
training includes an undergraduate degree in landscape design from Auburn
University, and both M.S. and PhD. degrees in floriculture from Cornell
Home gardeners in Vermont and surrounding areas know him from his frequent
television appearances on the regional Across the Fence program, periodic
radio interviews, and from his monthly news
articles, which he continues. Many join him yearly on his
local and regional gardening
tours. As a Professor, Dr. Perry led an active research
program on all aspects of perennial production and overwintering, and
continues his collaboration with Burlington Parks and Recreation on the Waterfront Display Gardens featuring
new annual flowers.
Students know him from his online
courses each semester, ranging from indoor plants to outdoor
flowers, fruits and vegetables, pollinator perennials, hops and herbs. Dr.
Perry is launching a certificate series of these for non-credit. He
also now serves as Horticulturist in Residence for the Kingís
Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.
His book, The Fruit Gardenerís Bible
Publishing, a 4-color total revision of Lewis Hillís Fruits
and Berries for the Home Garden, was published in January 2012
and is in its second printing.
Dr. Perry has become known across North America and globally for this
internet web site-- Perry's
Perennial Pages -- at which he features information, links, news
articles, research and more on herbaceous perennials. Check out all
its parts, as well as the related social media and blog pages.