This week tour our grounds with arborist Ian Jochems to learn the stories behind some of our older trees and how we care for them. No fee.

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]


kids readingFamily Book Series

Tuesday, July 5, 10:30am

Relax under the shade of a tree and enjoy summer with your family while listening to a story read from a nature-based children’s book by one of our volunteers. A simple walk or activity related to book will follow. Books will be selected for children 3-8 years old, although all ages are welcome! Bring a small blanket to sit on; rain location is the Far Barn. No Charge.

Want to extend your Arboretum adventure? Pack a picnic lunch; we have a designated picnic grove near the Visitor Center.

Looking Together – Themed ToursTim-on-Tour3-768x477

Tuesday, July 5 (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.

This week join PHA horticulturist Ben Madeiras to learn about the environmentally conscious and sustainable practices carried out at the Arboretum. Subject matter includes IPM (Integrated Pest Management), our composting regiment, Forestry Best Management Practices, and more! Learn how you can make a positive impact on your environment and in your community. No fee.

Tea Blending Workshopherbalteas

Tuesday, July 5, 1-3pm

Come learn the art of tea blending with Holly Bellebuono of Vineyard Herbs, sample some of her delicious signature teas, and enjoy an afternoon tea-time of healing camaraderie. Ever wonder which herbs work well in blends together? How to combine cultivated and wild herbs to make a healing tea for colds and flu? For mineral content? For soothing the stomach? Learn which herbs taste best and how to make them the most effective. Sure to be very relaxing and very fun.

$45/$40 for PHA members. Please pre-register, space is limited. Call 508-693-9426



1850 Map - Final_reducedHistoric Insights to the Vineyard’s Future: Henry Whiting and the Map of 1850

The landscape of Martha’s Vineyard—the shape of its coastline, the pattern of its forests, fields, and moorlands, the distribution of its roads, houses, villages, and stone walls—is a product of its past. To interpret the Vineyard today and anticipate future changes, we need to understand that history. Among the best tools available is a map from 1850 created by Henry Whiting, a distinguished topographer with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and co-founder of the MV Agricultural Society. In this talk Dr. David R. Foster, director of the Harvard Forest and PHA research associate, will illuminate the history of the Vineyard landscape, the origins of the 1850 map, and its significance today. No fee, co-sponsored by the MV Agricultural Society.

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