• UPCOMING PROGRAMS

       

      Check our CALENDAR for this season’s programs, or our Calendar-at-a-glance

    • VISIT

      Our grounds are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. Self-guided tour info is located in the parking lot kiosk. Tours by appointments. No dogs please, $5 donation, free for members and children 12 and under.

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Welcome to the Polly Hill Arboretum

809 State Rd.

PO Box 561

West Tisbury, MA 02575

508-693-9426

 

The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark, was developed by the legendary horticulturist, Polly Hill (1907-2007). Here in 1958, Polly began an arboretum by sowing a seed, eventually bringing 20 acres under cultivation while preserving 40 additional acres as native woodland. Established in 1998 as a not-for-profit institution the Arboretum is devoted to the cultivation and study of plants and the preservation of the character and magic of this tranquil landscape.

 

Rare trees and shrubs from around the world are set among stone walls, meadows, and fields, including Polly’s famous North Tisbury azaleas, the national stewartia collection, camellias, hollies, rhododendrons, crabapples, conifers, magnolias, and many more. The kousa dogwood allee, perennial border, monkey puzzle tree, and the Julian Hill magnolia are favorites with visitors.

 

 

Winter Walkswinter walks mv times

Second Saturday of the month, November thru March

10am

 

Every season of the year our landscape offers something of beauty and interest to our visitors. Gorgeous bark patterns and architectural structure become evident as our deciduous trees lose their leaves and our conifers stand out with their many textures and shades of green. Showy fruits and even some flowers add to our winter landscape. Join Arboretum staff on the second Saturday of the month to explore the grounds in the “off-season.” Tours are at 10am and run for a little over an hour. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the weather. Tours are free.

 

Vanishing_Acts_panels_MEDVanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

March – June 2015

Vanishing Acts, a traveling outdoor exhibit developed by the Morton Arboretum, is coming to PHA! This exhibit seeks to increase public awareness of the precarious future of the world’s endangered trees. As the forests go, so go the trees. Experts are delivering new warnings that deforestation, plant diseases pests, and climate change are combining to dramatically reduce the amount and health of the world’s forests and trees. Ten percent of all tree species are now threatened with extinction, officials say.
Visitors will embark upon a global journey, exploring compelling tree stores from around the world displayed on 15 panels. Many of the featured trees are planted on the Arboretum grounds.

 

 

Arboretum Weather Station

 

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Check out current weather conditions at Polly Hill as reported by our weather station at  Weather Underground   weather underground logo


 

 

 

 

 

 

lush cactus Arizona Garden Tour Planned

March 22-26, 2015

 

Gardens Thriving in the Desert

Call 508-693-9426 for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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