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 1997 as a not-for-profit institution the Arboretum is devoted to the cultivation and study of plants and the preservation of the character and magic of this tranquil landscape.To visit Polly Hill Arboretum and other attractions in West Tisbury, use our West Tisbury driving holiday planning site .
Polly Hill Arboretum Reviews
We visited on a chilly late summer day and had a wonderful time walking through the garden areas to see the wide variety of plants cultivated here. This wonderful, storied arboretum has fascinating cu... more »
Polly Hill has created a fascinating window into local, as well as many historic tree species from hundreds of million years ago, some of which she cultivated from seed. This bold approach has release... more »
Ask me 2 years ago if I would pay money to go see a bunch of plants and I would probably die laughing. After visiting this arboretum, I can’t wait to research more. One reason to visit this place is the diversity of nature. In the US we are accustomed to seeing certain plants. So viewing the “monkey puzzle” tree” blew my mind. I can’t believe this type of tree, with thousands of sharp barbs exists. You may have seen a white oak, but have you ever seen a black oak? You could lose yourself following the interesting patterns in the bark. Overall I left appreciating nature so much more after leaving this place. The paths are easy to follow. There are a couple of more reasons to visit here. There is an open barn you can tour. It is interesting to see the old architecture. They have some antiques inside that you can touch. There is a huge outdoor fireplace that is an architectural marvel of its own accord. I wish they explained more about why it was built. Polly must have had some wild outdoor harvest festivals. This is going to be the oddest part of my review. I would pay just to use the restrooms here. They had 30 foot ceiling with and open design. The rooms wreaked of cedar. I found myself walking around the restroom taking pictures and then I thought well this is creepy and finally left. But I would have spent more time there. Polly started this arboretum when she was 50. That shows it is never too late to start something!! Dictated to phone; sorry for grammar.
The best part of my MV visit. Beautiful. Relaxing. Bravo!
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