Our grounds are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. Self-guided tour info is located in the parking lot kiosk, guided tours by appointment. Picnic grounds available. No dogs please, $5 admission, 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.
Is the Arboretum one of your favorite nature walks on the Vineyard? If so please vote for us in the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine’s 2016 Best of the Vineyard contest. Voting ends April 1st.
Go to the Great Outdoors category and the Best Nature Walk listing.
Thanks for your vote!
We are pleased to announce our listing in the National Register of Historic Places! This formal recognition of the Arboretum’s significance based on national standards honors the exceptional importance of our historic property as well as our preservation efforts, and Polly’s vision for her property.
Read more about our listing here!