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 University.

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 from Storey 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.