Our Fall Plant Sale is Open Online!

Shop our selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, and Island native plants! All plants discounted 30%. PHA members receive an additional 20% off. Schedule a pickup time and collect your plants at our contactless pickup area. Open September 14 through October 12 at 5pm Eastern Time  SHOP NOW! Here’s how it works:  Members may use code […]

Guided Tours Have Resumed!

We are now offering small-group, socially distant tours! We are happy to announce the resumption of guided tours on a limited basis, with new considerations for coronavirus safety. Tuesday and Thursday mornings we will offer tours led by volunteer docents with advanced registration required to ensure small groups and the ability to socially distance.   SIGN […]

A New Quest for Polly Hill Arboretum!

The Arboretum has had its own quest in past years, and was at one time part of an Island-wide quest. Youth Educator Elliott Bennett recently revived this fun tradition with a fresh take. Designing a new Arboretum quest along with Education, Membership, and Outreach Coordinator Ann Quigley, Elliott has created an engaging way for kids […]

A Note from PHA Executive Director Tim Boland

A note to PHA members and friends: We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We believe that in these uncertain times, community is more important than ever! The PHA staff and Board of Directors are all engaged in the good work of keeping the Arboretum vital and accessible to our Island visitors […]

A Message from the PHA on COVID-19

To the Polly Hill Arboretum extended community, We want to assure you we are monitoring the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in close coordination with our Island community, and state and national health officials. Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of all who visit PHA, while continuing to maintain our historic landscape […]

Call for Polly Hill Arboretum Art

Due to the popularity of the Art in the Arboretum Exhibit at Polly Hill Arboretum last season, we will host an outdoor art exhibit again this year featuring artwork inspired by the plants and landscapes at the Arboretum. Have you taken photographs of the landscape, sketched a flower, or painted a vista of the Arboretum? […]

Brie Arthur at Polly Hill Arboretum in July!

Brie Arthur, Author of The Foodscape Revolution, will be visiting Martha’s Vineyard in July to give a lecture and a children’s program at Polly Hill Arboretum. Both events are sponsored by Island Grown Initiative and Polly Hill Arboretum. The Foodscape Revolution Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm. $10/$5 for PHA members Join Brie Arthur for a presentation […]

PHA Curatorial Interns: Where Are They Now?

MATT LOBDELL (2008 Curatorial Intern). Current Title: Head of Collections and Curator, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, and Research Associate, Polly Hill Arboretum. “I am pleased to continue my association with PHA as a research associate. Having grown up on the Island, I frequently return to visit and continue work on joint research projects that further PHA’s collection goals […]

Polly Hill Arboretum Again Achieves Highest Accreditation

This past February we received wonderful news: PHA had again achieved a level IV rating, the highest available, from the Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program in recognition of our commitment to the health and diversity of our trees. Level IV has been achieved by only 10 percent of botanic gardens and arboreta participating in Arbnet’s program […]

Experimenting with Stewartia Propagation

Polly Hill was devoted to horticultural experimentation and raising plants from seed. She also named many of her favorite plants, including several cultivars (cultivated varieties) of stewartia. To get an exact duplicate (a genetic clone) of a plant, it must propagated asexually, which eliminates the genetic variability found in seed propagation.