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 of events calendar-at-a-glance
For detailed listings go to Programs and click on the event on the calendar
To let us know what you think of our programing please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Saturday of the Month
November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8,
Every season of the year the Arboretum landscape offers something of beauty and interest to visitors. This winter on the second Saturday of the month join Arboretum staff to explore the grounds in the “off-season.” Tours are at 10am and run for a little over an hour. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the weather. Tours are free, but donations always accepted.
Saturday, March 15
Like many homeowners we have many mature overgrown hollies at the Polly Hill Arboretum. They grow into pathways, block doorways, scrape against buildings, and interfere with other plantings. Learn how you can tame these beasts back into beauties by using a severe pruning method called “hat racking”. This term refers to the remaining skeletal network of branches that resemble a hat rack after this pruning procedure. Although this is a radical method, most species of holly respond well to this type of pruning resulting in a smaller but rejuvenated tree in two years. Join arboretum staff to learn more about “hat racking” as they apply this technique to some of our overgrown hollies and show you the results of previously “hat racked” specimens on arboretum grounds.
Read more about “hat racking” on these links:
Saturday, March 29
Ornamental plants have many attributes; many are even edible! Join PHA plant recorder Nancy Weaver for this tour of Arboretum grounds to discover what trees and shrubs in our collection produce edible fruits, nuts, or other edible parts. Some of these are well-known plants; high-bush blueberry for example, others such as American beech and white oak were once used extensively by Native American populations. Flowering crabapples in full bloom are a sight to behold, but the fruit, often overlooked, is of value as well and was once more commonly used in jams and other condiments. Come discover some of these lesser known attributes of plants in our collection, including Nancy’s favorite; Asimina triloba, the paw paw. (flowers pictured here)
$5/free for PHA members.