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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Thursday, September 4, 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.





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Drawing from Nature

Thursday,  September 4 (repeats September 18)

 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.





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Thursday, August 29

10am – noon


Enough about the distinguished Federal and Greek Revival homes of Edgartown— have you experienced the tree tour?! Join curator Tom Clark for this informative and fun walking tour of the many glorious mature trees of Edgartown. In the midst of the mantle of green that envelops downtown Edgartown, the hydrangeas and picket fences, many unique and fine specimen trees await discovery. Expect the famous pagoda tree and so much more! Call to pre-register and for carpool and meeting location. $20/$10 for PHA members. 508-693-9426

Call to pre-register and for carpool and meeting location.



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Friday, August 29


Whatever the Outcome presents a new work by Danielle Mulcahy. Participate in the building of her 40 square foot painting to be re-constructed from 40 puzzle pieces by our guests. Live music by LA’s own Freddy and Francine. A free family friendly community project for all ages. Join us for the first showing of this amazing painting celebrating Island heritage and free, local art.