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, September 4, 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.



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Drawing from Nature

Thursday,  September 4 SOLD OUT  (repeats September 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.



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Saturday, September 13

10am – 2pm

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.




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Saturday, September 13


Did you know your landscape can be easier to maintain, even as you add color, beauty and interest year-round? Learn how to gradually or dramatically transform your outdoor living spaces into reflections of the natural world, while attracting birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Join Michael Talbot, co-owner of Talbot Ecological Land Care based in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and a nationally recognized pioneer, practitioner and educator of ecological landscaping to learn more about creating and managing landscapes in harmony with the Vineyard’s fragile environment.     $5/free for PHA members



Acorns: From Tree to Tableacorn foraging

Sunday, September 21

9am – 1pm

The fruit of the oak tree has been used as an important staple by aboriginal people across North America. The people of each region had their preferred species and detailed methods of collecting, storing, and processing acorns for use in different types of dishes. Although rarely eaten today, oak trees still produce large numbers of fruits in many years and represent an under-utilized food source. Research botanist and teacher Arthur Haines will introduce students to methods of preparing acorns for food. Details concerning acorn collection will be noted as well as some botanical characteristics of oaks that are relevant to foragers. A freshly made acorn food will be enjoyed at the end of the class. Please pre-register, space is limited. $45/$35 for PHA members. 508-693-9426