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, August 6, 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.




this book was a treeThis Book was a Tree

Tuesday, July 29


Join author Marcie Cuff for this fun, interactive talk based on her book, This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World. Cuff, concerned about our disconnect with the natural world, wanted to offer people a way to become reacquainted with the Earth—to look at the world with fresh eyes. With a mix of science and hands-on crafts she shows us a fresh, creative way to reconnect to the natural world. She will also lead the group in a seedbomb project. These handmade fistfuls of compacted clay, compost and native perennial wildflower seeds are rolled up, dried, and “bombed” grenade-style into barren spots in your yard or neighborhood. Book signing to follow.

$5/free for PHA members and children under 12.




A A Plant Pilgrimage in Taiwan and VietnamVietnam Group Sho 2t

Wednesday, July 30


We often think of plant collecting as an antiquated obsession, carried out by botanical adventurers exploring the world in search of rare and wondrous plants for the gardens of wealthy patrons. However, today plant collecting is alive and well; not only for the specialty plant market but also playing an important role in global plant research and conservation efforts. Learn about today’s world of plant collecting as Andrew Bunting and Scott McMahan chronicle their adventures on recent collecting trips in the wilds of Taiwan and northern Vietnam. They will describe their adventures searching for species of hydrangeas, magnolias, maple, ferns, and rhododendrons, including Rhododendron nakaharae, one of the parents of Polly’s North Tisbury Azaleas. Bunting is curator of Swarthmore College’s Scott Arboretum and McMahan owns Atlanta’s retail center Garden*Hood and McMahan’s Nursery, a rare plant nursery. $10/$5 for PHA members.


dandelion 2Drawing from Nature

Thursday, July 31 (Repeats , August 7 & 21, September 4 & 18)

July 31 SOLD OUT

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.



 American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nationamerican canopy

Wednesday, August 6


Like many of us, historians have long been guilty of taking trees for granted. Yet the history of trees in America is no less remarkable than the history of the United States itself – from the majestic white pines of New England, which were coveted by the British Crown for use as masts in navy warships, to the orange groves of California, which lured settlers west. Join author Eric Rutkow as he traces the history of the United States through our trees in this talk based on his book, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation. $10/$5 for PHA members.

Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts