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 2016

We have begun to schedule our programming for the 2016 season, and will again feature many great speakers and workshops.  Speakers include Richard Hawke, from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Evaluation Program; Dave Barnett, Director of Mt. Auburn Cemetery; Mal Condon from the Hydrangea Farm on Cape Cod; Teri Chase, author of Seeing Seeds; and Murphy Westwood, Tree Conservation Specialist from the Morton Arboretum. Check our Programs page for updates and more information.

Check here for our Calendar-at-a-Glance

To let us know what you think of our programming please contact us at [email protected]



Looking Together – Themed Tours

Tuesday, May 24 (repeats every other Tuesday through September 27)


Learn more about the Arboretum and our collections on these guided walks and talks led by our knowledgeable staff and docents. These specialized tours have been designed to offer an in-depth and unique Arboretum experience.

Time to Plant

Now is the time to get some ideas for this year’s gardening season. Our grounds are full of a variety of uncommon and Island appropriate trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers. Join plant propagator Brian McGowan to see some of these plants growing on our grounds.



DSC00227Memorial Day Plant Sale

Saturday, May 28

10am – 2pm

9:00am “Early Bird” Guided Tour: Join curator Tom Clark to see some mature specimens of some of the plants featured in today’s plant sale and all season long.

10am – 2pm

Help us celebrate the opening of our Visitor Center for the season with our annual Memorial Day Plant 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.



1:00pm  Bipartisan Gardens: Combining Ornamental and Native Plants

Join garden designer Barbara Conolly to learn how you can build a beautiful, diverse, and sustainable landscape combining ornamental and native plants.