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Rocky Dale Gardens is a small independently owned retail plant nursery and display garden founded in 1981. We are nestled in the rock ledges at the base of South Mountain where the New Haven River winds its way down from Lincoln and turns toward the village of Bristol. We’re about 25 miles south of Burlington and located in the western foothills of the Green Mountains.

The nursery and gardens are situated around our barn and 1856 farmhouse that is our home. In that respect, all customers are guests and all staff, family; it’s an intimate situation where work meets pleasure.

We pride ourselves on offering expert horticultural advice, unique landscape and garden design, and high quality, hard to find plant material. We thoroughly enjoy meeting the evolving needs and concerns of our gardening friends and clients, whether here at the nursery or out on the road!

Rocky Dale has attracted visitors from throughout New England and New York for over 30 years with the lure of its unique setting and wonderful array of plants for sale. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website, we look forward to seeing you soon!


Ed Burke, Landscape Designer and Owner

Ed Burke, Landscape Designer and Owner

Ed Burke
Landscape Designer and Owner

Ed shares his time between Rocky Dale Gardens and Phillips Garden, his 30 year-old landscape design/build firm in Minneapolis. With a keen interest in modern design and a broad knowledge of plant material, Ed has installed a host of interesting landscapes throughout the Twin Cites and New England.

Ed is an alumni of the University of Vermont: Plant and Soil Science and Environmental Studies.

Ed calls the nursery home, where he lives in the 1856 Italianate house with his husband David and their dog Coco.


Amy Rose-White
Nursery Manager

Amy is the queen of everything botanical. She’s been at Rocky Dale for over 20 years.

Amy’s education includes advanced degrees in Botany and Horticulture, but primarily she loves plants– their colors, textures, shapes and forms and she especially loves to TALK about them! 

Amy is the recipient of a Green Works “Horticultural Achievement Award", a prestigious award given by the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, recognizing Amy for her accomplishments in horticulture.

Amy Rose-White, Nursery Manager

Amy Rose-White, Nursery Manager


Rocky Dale Staff