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]


Winter Walkswinter walks mv times

Every second Saturday of the month, November- March


Every season of the year the Polly Hill Arboretum offers something of beauty and interest to visitors. Join Arboretum staff for a look at plants of interest in the landscape. At this time of year bark and tree structure stand out, along with fruits and berries. The tour starts at 10am and runs for a little over an hour. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for the weather. Tours are free. 508-693-9426.

 No Leaves, No Problem: Winter Tree ID for the Beginnerbeech treeresize

Saturday, February 20

9am – noon

Fewer than three dozen types of trees are native to Martha’s Vineyard. Can you identify all of them…in Winter? Would you like to be able to? If so, join PHA curator Tom Clark for this introductory class in which you’ll learn the basics that will enable you to confidently identify the regularly encountered trees on the island. By the end of the class you’ll be saying, “No leaves? No problem!” This class will involve an indoor component as well as an outdoor component during which students will put their new knowledge and skills to use, so please dress for the weather.

$30/$25 for PHA members

Please call to register, space is limited: 508-693-9426