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The Polly Hill Arboretum relies on the generosity of its members and friends to provide the funding support that is critical to the care of our collections and the continuation of our programs.

Our annual operating expenses are supported with funds raised through membership, donations, and our spring and fall appeals. Voluntary contributions to our appeals are an opportunity to support PHA in addition to membership dues. Gifts to this appeal provide direct support to our daily operations; activities such as maintaining the grounds, preparing the collections for winter, organizing school group tours, collecting seed, and updating plant records.


This year’s Fall Appeal is designated for the establishment of our Arboretum Research Fund.

Sponsoring research associates enables PHA to expand the scope of our scientific activities. We are currently sponsoring five experts who are engaged in specific projects in support of plant research and education.

One example is the appointment of the preeminent forest ecologist Dr. David Foster as a PHA research associate in 2008. Dr. Foster, director of Harvest Forest (Harvard University’s 3,500-acre laboratory and classroom), was added to our team to address the catastrophic loss of oaks in our natural areas. Through this collaboration a long-term ecological study is underway that will monitor forest health over the next 30 years.

We hope you will consider a gift to enable the valuable PHA research associate program to grow into the future.




Planned Giving  is also a meaningful way to support the Arboretum now and into the future. For more information please call our director Tim Boland at 508-693-9426.




Thank you for your support as we work to maintain the Arboretum in a manner that honors Polly Hill’s lifework. We will use your gift wisely to meet practical needs.


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