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    • VISIT

      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.


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Welcome to the Polly Hill Arboretum


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.










Plant Selection Guide

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







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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.


Check out plant availability here!





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Saturday, September 12


Late summer and early fall is a perfect time to plant. Join us for our end-of-the-season plant sale. Arboretum staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. We have chosen trees, shrubs, and perennials, including many Island natives which are suitable for our Vineyard climate. No Fee.


Plant Sale List


In addition, at 1pm, ecological landscape designer Michael Talbot will present a talk on creating and managing landscapes in harmony with the Vineyard’s fragile environment.



Ecological Landscaping for the Vineyard
$5/free for PHA members.






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