The grounds are open year-round,  from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center and plants sales are closed until May 2024. A map brochure is available at the parking lot kiosk where admission may be paid. No dogs please. $5 admission, free for members & children 12 and under.


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Welcome to the Polly Hill Arboretum


The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark, was developed by the legendary horticulturist, Polly Hill (1907-2007). Here in 1958, Polly began an arboretum by sowing a seed, eventually bringing 20 acres under cultivation while preserving 40 additional acres as native woodland. Established in 1998 as a nonprofit institution, the Arboretum is devoted to the cultivation and study of plants and the preservation of the character and magic of this tranquil landscape.


Rare trees and shrubs from around the world are set among stone walls, meadows, and fields, including Polly’s famous North Tisbury azaleas, the national stewartia collection, camellias, hollies, rhododendrons, crabapples, conifers, magnolias, and many more. The kousa dogwood allĂ©e, perennial border, monkey puzzle tree, and the Julian Hill magnolia are favorites with visitors.


Winter at the Polly Hill Arboretum




Visit the Events Calendar for a full list of Arboretum programs including winter tours and guided forest bathing!

2024 Positions & Internships 

Education & Visitor Services Assistant, Part-time


PHA seeks a friendly candidate with excellent communication skills to assist youth education programs in the spring and fall, and staff the Visitor Center in the summer. Education responsibilities include leading school groups at the Arboretum and in classrooms, and supporting general education programs. March through November. Position details found here. Email resume and cover letter to [email protected] or call 508-693-9426 for more info.


Applications accepted through February 14, 2024.




Curatorial and Horticulture Internships


The Polly Hill Arboretum offers two distinct internship opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of ornamental horticulture, public horticulture and other closely related fields.  Each year the Arboretum offers two 12-week summer horticulture internships and one six- to nine-month curatorial internship. Visit the links for more details. 


The 2024 application period has closed. Check back in late 2024 for the 2025 deadlines. 



Virtually Engage with the PHA Plant Collection using the Arboretum Explorer

Search for plants in the Arboretum’s collection, view plant locations on an interactive map, and see plant photographs in flower or fruit! This program is both desktop and mobile-friendly, allowing you to access information from your home or with a mobile device while touring the grounds. Plants can be found using the common or scientific name, plant family, country of origin, or location on the Arboretum grounds. Arboretum Explorer has the added benefit of drawing data directly from our collections database, so the information will always remain current. We are eager to hear visitor feedback on this new offering! Click here to open Arboretum Explorer

Visitor Center and Plant Sales Reopens in May



The Visitor Center and Plant Sales are closed for the season, reopening on Saturday, May 25, 2024. The grounds remain open year-round, sunrise to sunset unless noted otherwise.




Staff Housing Initiative – Campaign Fundraising Complete!



After several years of thoughtful consideration and strategic planning toward solving our housing challenges, PHA completed two staff houses on campus, and  your support helped us meet this challenge! We are grateful for our members, supporters, and the Island community who are helping secure the future of the Polly Hill Arboretum.View the staff housing case statement   

Plant Selection Guide

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Need help finding the right plant for your landscape and site conditions? Check out our web-based searchable plant selection guide. Searches are based on site conditions, native region, plant type and plant characteristics. Each category has more detailed options, allowing your search to narrow down plant options for each location. 

Read more about the guide here

Beech Leaf Disease (BLD)


This past May, arboretum staff discovered (BLD) Beech Leaf Disease in our collections and natural areas.

To read more about the disease click here.





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