Our grounds are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is opened daily from 9:30am to 4pm, with daily tours at 10am. Self-guided tour info is located in the parking lot kiosk. Picnic grounds available. No dogs please, $5 donation, free for members and children 12 and under.
Check out our new Plant Selection Guide
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.
Need help finding the right plant for your landscape and site conditions? Check out our web-based searchable plant selection guide. Searches are based on site conditions, native region, plant type and plant characteristics. Each category has more detailed options, allowing your search to narrow down plant options for each location.
Daily from 9:30am to 4pm
Tours at 10am
Plants for sale. Whether you’re a budding gardener or a seasoned veteran, our plant sale will have something for you. Arboretum staff have chosen and grown plants that are noted not only for their superior ornamental qualities but also for their adaptability to Martha’s Vineyard. We plan to offer a selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials including many Island natives. Plants for sale all season long.
Sunrise to Sunset
July 15 – August 31
Fairy Castles, Forest Creatures, Spirits and Elves – They’re Back!
We are pleased to welcome back potter Bill O’Callaghan and storyteller Robin Tuck for another version of A Walk through Imagination. This year’s story, “The People of Pim,” leads you on a tour through the magical landscape at the Arboretum. Along the way Bill’s whimsical sculptures tell the tale of a little changeling boy who helps a community bring back plant-lore and the belief in fairies with help from the mystical People of Pim. A charming exhibit for young and old alike. July 15 through August 31.
Free with garden admission of $5/free for PHA members and children 12 and under.