Our grounds are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. A self-guided tour is located in the parking lot kiosk, and guided tours are offerd by appointment. Picnic grounds available.  No dogs please, $5 admission, free for members and children 12 and under.


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      See our Programs page for upcoming workshops, talks, and classes or check out our What’s Happening Page

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.





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The Perfect Vineyard Gift!


In 1850 Henry Whiting, a distinguished topographer and co-founder of the MV Agricultural Society, created a detailed map of the Vineyard.

A new version of this historic map was developed by David Foster and associates at Harvard Forest and is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Polly Hill Arboretum research fund. Informative brochure included. (22 x 32 unframed)


Read more about the map here


Maps: $35 at Polly Hill
Phone order Maps: $35 plus $4.95 shipping and handling charge




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




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