Pretty, but invasive, the yellow flag iris spreads quickly and chokes out native plants.
The Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, GreenWorks: Vermont Nursery and Landscaping Association, and the Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Committee have partnered to develop PlantWise Vermont, a Voluntary Code of Conduct for horticultural professionals working in the state.:
These business have signed the Code of Conduct:
Marijke's Perennial Gardens Plus, Starksboro
Mary Sullivan Cliver Landscape Design, LLC, Brandon
Mettowee Mill Nursery, Dorset
MJ Childs Landscape Design, Williston
Morning Dew Landscaping & Stonework, Jeffersonville
New Leaf Designs, Greensboro Bend
Pine Hollow Nursery, North Clarendon
Queen Bee Landscape Service, Inc., Essex Junction
River’s Bend Garden Design, Moretown
Second Nature Horticultural Services, Wells
Stuart LaPoint’s Landscaping & Nursery, Craftsbury
Sundance Gardens, LLC, Newport Center
Susan Els Garden & Landscape Design, S. Burlington
Vaughan Landscaping, St. George
Walker Farm, East Dummerston
Working Landscapes Design Group LLC, Woodstock
Xaxakwetet Little Tree, White River Junction
Participating nurseries, landscapers, landscape architects and designers have voluntarily committed to discontinue the sale, propagation and/or installation of Japanese and common barberry, Norway maple, burning bush, yellow iris, Amur maple and all cultivars of these species.
These plant species, among many others, are known to be invasive in Vermont and easily spread throughout the landscape threatening our natural areas, wildlife habitat, trees, birds and animals, as well as working forests.
Look for PlantWise Vermont signs and window decals at your favorite nursery or landscaper. If they aren’t participating yet, ask the horticulturalists in your area to commit to PlantWise Vermont and sign the Voluntary Code of Conduct. Check back here to see new additions to the list.
If you are a horticultural professional, signing the code is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to protecting Vermont's woods and waterways.