Adult Education


We are proud to bring high-caliber speakers to the Vineyard every summer and would like to thank our friends and sponsors, Bartlett Tree Experts,  Donaroma’s Landscape & Nursery Services, Heather Gardens,  Middletown Nursery, and S.B.S. The Grain Store for their generous support of our lecture series.

Program line-up for 2014

We have begun to schedule our 2014 programing.  Dr. Gerard Donnelly from the Morton Arboretum is the Frank and Lisina Hoch lecture speaker, Andrew Bunting and Scott McMahan will speak on plant collecting in the wild, Eric Rutkow speaks on his book American Canopy, and Buddy Huffaker, director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation is the David H Smith Memorial speaker. Watch for more info and program additions throughout the winter.  

2014 Calendar-at-a-glance

For detailed listings go to Programs and click on the event on the calendar

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spring grounds vGrounds Volunteer Day

Thursday, July 3, and the first Thursday of the month through October

9am – noon

Description: Individuals interested in volunteering on the PHA grounds are encouraged to join us on the first Thursday of the month from April through October from 9am to noon. Learn about our grounds and tree maintenance program and lend-a-helping-hand. Dress appropriately and bring gloves – necessary tools will be provided. We’ll meet at the Littlefield Maintenance Building adjacent to the greenhouse on the south end of the property, but please park at the PHA Visitor Center and enjoy the walk across the property. If you plan to join us, please call us so we can plan the mornings accordingly. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you! Join us just once or every month.




deer-in-gardenNot Tonight Deer!

Wednesday, July 16

10 – 11:30am

In 2013 the Martha’s Vineyard Boards of Health orchestrated an island wide aerial survey to collect deer herd density figures. Data from the survey verified deer herd estimates at a figure of roughly fifty deer per square mile on the Vineyard, well above the state average. As gardeners we are all “fed” up with deer munching on our favorite plants. Join garden consultant, designer, writer, and teacher Kerry Ann Mendez to learn how to cope with our island deer population. This enlightening talk will focus on perennials, shrubs and annuals that are low, or nil, on their buffet list. Also covered will be defensive tactics to hold them at bay.   PHA staff will also describe some methods used on our grounds.

$10/$5 for PHA members.



Gerry DonnellyBotanical Gardens in a Changing World

Wednesday, July 16


As a tree-focused botanical garden, an arboretum has a significant influence on societal and environmental issues. Dr. Gerry Donnelly, President and CEO of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, will share his insights about the roles and responsibilities of public gardens as relevant to people and communities of today. Founded in 1922, and with a direct connection to the origin of Arbor Day, The Morton Arboretum addresses contemporary needs through initiatives related to plant collections, education, science and conservation, and visitor services. Its heritage, mission, and programs form the basis for its work to plant and save trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Dr. Donnelly has held his position at The Morton Arboretum since 1990, directing the operations, strategies, and growth of the institution, which provides leadership to the world’s arboreta. $10/$5 for PHA members.

Sponsored by Heather Gardens.




dandelion 2Drawing from Nature

Thursday, July 17 (Repeats July 31, August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18)

9;30am – noon

Develop the confidence and skill to render the wonders of the natural world with artist, illustrator, and nature enthusiast Genevieve Jacobs. Using simple materials and techniques, participants will throw caution to the wind and learn skills and principles which will allow the inner artist to emerge! Develop personal style while learning about materials and mark-making, perspective, value, and the art of accurate observation. Subject matter may run the gamut from bugs and leaves to landscape vistas. Start a nature journal, further develop your sketches, or simply spend productive time in a beautiful outdoor setting. Basic materials will be available.  $30/$25 for PHA members. $25/$20 per class for 2 or more sessions. 508-693-9426

Please register in advance and call for supply list.