PHA News

A Note from PHA Executive Director Tim Boland

A note to PHA members and friends: We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We believe that in these uncertain times, community is more important than ever! The PHA staff and Board of Directors are all engaged in the good work of keeping the Arboretum vital and accessible to our Island visitors […]

A Message from the PHA on COVID-19

To the Polly Hill Arboretum extended community, We want to assure you we are monitoring the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in close coordination with our Island community, and state and national health officials. Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of all who visit PHA, while continuing to maintain our historic landscape […]

Call for Polly Hill Arboretum Art

Due to the popularity of the Art in the Arboretum Exhibit at Polly Hill Arboretum last season, we will host an outdoor art exhibit again this year featuring artwork inspired by the plants and landscapes at the Arboretum. Have you taken photographs of the landscape, sketched a flower, or painted a vista of the Arboretum? […]

Brie Arthur at Polly Hill Arboretum in July!

Brie Arthur, Author of The Foodscape Revolution, will be visiting Martha’s Vineyard in July to give a lecture and a children’s program at Polly Hill Arboretum. Both events are sponsored by Island Grown Initiative and Polly Hill Arboretum. The Foodscape Revolution Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm. $10/$5 for PHA members Join Brie Arthur for a presentation […]

PHA Curatorial Interns: Where Are They Now?

MATT LOBDELL (2008 Curatorial Intern). Current Title: Head of Collections and Curator, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, and Research Associate, Polly Hill Arboretum. “I am pleased to continue my association with PHA as a research associate. Having grown up on the Island, I frequently return to visit and continue work on joint research projects that further PHA’s collection goals […]

Polly Hill Arboretum Again Achieves Highest Accreditation

This past February we received wonderful news: PHA had again achieved a level IV rating, the highest available, from the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program in recognition of our commitment to the health and diversity of our trees. Level IV has been achieved by only 10 percent of botanic gardens and arboreta participating in Arbnet’s program […]

Experimenting with Stewartia Propagation

Polly Hill was devoted to horticultural experimentation and raising plants from seed. She also named many of her favorite plants, including several cultivars (cultivated varieties) of stewartia. To get an exact duplicate (a genetic clone) of a plant, it must propagated asexually, which eliminates the genetic variability found in seed propagation.

Aligning Mission & Values with ESG Investing

By Pamela Kohlberg, Chair of the Investment Committee Environmental conservation and education are at the core of the Arboretum’s mission. The Board of Directors wishes to reflect these values in the investments held directly by the endowment. With this statement of purpose in 2013, the PHA Board of Directors began research on an ESG (Environmental/Social/ […]

Student Scientists Explore Arboretum

PHA Youth Education Coordinators Betsy Dripps and Jill Bouck recently completed a busy fall season providing programs for school children from all five Island elementary schools and the MV Public Charter School. This year Betsy and Jill were joined by new part-time staff member Kendra Buresch. As always, our team is assisted by a wonderful […]

Summer Review and Looking Ahead

Attendance was lively at our annual summer lecture series held in the Far Barn. Our summer evening lecture series allows us to bring leading figures in horticulture, science, and garden design from around the world to share new ideas with PHA members and the Vineyard community. The major theme of this past summer’s programs was […]