Our grounds are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is opened daily from 9:30am – 4pm. Self-guided tour info is located in the parking lot kiosk, guided tours by appointment, and daily at 10am July & August. Picnic grounds available. Plants for Sale.  No dogs please, $5 admission, free for members and children 12 and under.


      Help support our mission of plant research, education and conservation by becoming a MEMBER  or donating today.


      See our Programs page for upcoming workshops, talks, and classes or our calendar at a glance.

Welcome to the Polly Hill Arboretum




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.





Plant Selection Guidebutterfly weed

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.


Read more about the guide here





Plants for Sale


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 offer a selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials, including many Island natives. Plants for sale all season long, during Visitor Center hours; 9:30am – 4pm




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 The Henry Whiting Map of 1850

The landscape of Martha’s Vineyard—the shape of its coastline, the pattern of its forests, fields, and moorlands, the distribution of its roads, houses, villages, and stone walls—is a product of its past. To interpret the Vineyard today and anticipate future changes, we need to understand that history. Among the best tools available is a map from 1850 created by Henry Whiting, a distinguished topographer with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and co-founder of the MV Agricultural Society.

Copies of this map are available at the Polly Hill Visitor Center or may be purchased by calling the Arboretum.  All proceeds from map sales benefit the Arboretum’s research fund to support the development of a modern flora for Martha’s Vineyard and research in plant conservation and forest ecology.


Read more about the map and David Foster’s forthcoming book at mvlandandsea


See the Martha’s Vineyard Community Television video of David’s July 7 talk.


Maps are available for purchase at the Polly Hill Visitor Center or by phone order:

Maps: $35 at Polly Hill

Phone order Maps: $35 plus $4.95 shipping and handling charge (508-693-9426)

Maps also available at Bunch of Grapes, Granary Gallery, and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum




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