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]


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Friday, April 29


Arbor Day is an annual observance celebrating the role of trees in our lives and promoting tree planting and care. What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than to join the staff of the Arboretum for an afternoon devoted to trees! The afternoon will include a staff led walk a tree planting demonstration, and more. This year’s featured tree is a ginkgo.

Free Admission


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Thursday, May 5  “Cloud Date” Friday, May 6


Have you ever wondered about the night sky? The Polly Hill Arboretum invites you to join Polly Hill volunteer and amateur astronomer Barbara Caseau, to learn how to identify the planets and constellations visible in the spring sky. Barbara will be on hand between 7:30 and 8:45pm to search the night sky and share some celestial lore. If you have your own binoculars or telescopes you are invited to bring them along to class.

A flashlight is also suggested. Free Admission


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Sunday, May 8

10am – 2pm

Spend Mother’s Day at the Arboretum! The Visitor Center will be open and flowering shrubs will be available for purchase. Stroll through the Arboretum on a staff-led guided walk at 10:30.

Extend your visit, entire grounds will be open for picnicking on Mother’s Day. No Admission.


Looking Together – Themed Tours

Tuesday, May 10 (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.

If trees could talk they’d have tales to tell.  For our first Looking Together tour join curator, Tom Clark, to hear engaging stories behind trees at the Arboretum and enjoy the wealth of Spring blooming plants in the Arboretum’s living collection.

No fee, but advance registration requested. Space is limited. 508-693-9426



The Finest Cut: Taking the Fear out of Pruning

Saturday, May 14


Join PHA horticulturalist/arborist Ian Jochems to learn how to take the fear out of pruning. Ian will cover techniques such as directional pruning, shrub rejuvenation and the three cut method as well as tool maintenance. Learn some basic plant physiology and how plant genetics and habits inform pruning choices. There will be in- class demonstrations and some hands-on practice. We will also venture out into the collection to observe how the plants have responded to our pruning program. All materials and tools will be supplied by the Arboretum. $30/$20 for PHA members.

Space is limited, advance registration required, call 508-693-9426