The Polly Hill Arboretum
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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 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.

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 allee, perennial border, monkey puzzle tree, and the Julian Hill magnolia are favorites with visitors.


From Vineyard Haven
South on State Road
Bearing left at the junction of North Road (to Menemsha);
The Arboretum entrance is 0.4 miles on the right.

From Edgartown
West on the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, bearing right onto State Road at the junction just beyond the Old Millpond. The Arboretum entrance is 1.1 miles on the left, beyond the Agricultural Society’s buildings.

The Polly Hill Arboretum

809 State Rd
West Tisbury, MA 02575

Phone: 508.693.9426


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    The grounds Open everyday from sunrise to sunset, all year.

    Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
    Visitor Center Daily from 9:30am to 4:00pm.
    Daily Tours 10:00am.


    $5.00 donation for 13 and older,
    Members, and children under 12 are free.


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