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Polly Hill Arboretum

795 State Road, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02575
+1 508-693-9426
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A peaceful oasis

Polly Hill is a small private arboretum that has been open to the public for the past several... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2017
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
A gem

This a gem. A must visit for tree and shrub lovers. A fine, well-curated collection worth a several... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Robert R
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The Polly Hill Arboretum is a public garden. The grounds are open to visitors daily, sunrise to sunset, year-round. A staffed Visitor Center with garden info, merchandise and plant sales is open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tours are available daily at 10:00 a.m. in July and August, and by advanced reservation otherwise. Tours are free with $5 admission. The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard landmark, was developed by the legendary horticulturist, Polly Hill (1907-2007). Polly began her collection of unique plants in 1958. 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. There are 25 acres of cultivated landscape open to visitors and the remaining 47 are preserved woodlands. In 2015 the Polly Hill Arboretum was designated as a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. 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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
795 State Road, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02575
+1 508-693-9426
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Polly Hill is a small private arboretum that has been open to the public for the past several years. It is beautifully maintained and provides a peaceful, beautiful location for a casual stroll. Most of the planting are marked for those interested in horticulture and...More

Thank EPR12
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

This a gem. A must visit for tree and shrub lovers. A fine, well-curated collection worth a several hours visit. The docents are excellent, good guides, enthusiastic, well informed. And a good place to pick up a choice specimen to add to the garden. This...More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Polly Hill surely had a green thumb. This Arboretum offers a variety of trees and is nice for strolling. Leave an hour or so or bring a picnic. It's not a very big space, but I did like seeing the Monkey Puzzle Tree.

Thank Galewins2014
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Our hosts recommended this stop on our tour of Martha's Vineyard. Once you leave the visitor's center you enter a beautifully maintained garden, actually many gardens. A great collection of trees and plants. If the sun is out, make this a stop.

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 23 October 2016

If you are planning to take a trip to Polly Hill and are utilizing the Vine Transit Authority, you've got a ride ahead of you, if you are coming in from Oak Bluffs or Edgartown. The best bus to take is the 4, and if...More

Thank Tim J
Reviewed 11 July 2016

I love this place and visit every time I come to MV. I have bought multiple plants and enjoyed walking the grounds. Nice library of gardening books for sale and a really great plant sale in the spring/fall.

Thank VacaCouple2014
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Nice to walk around on your own and enjoy the space. We got there around 4 or 5pm and nobody seemed to be around except for us. I think they're working on expanding the area to make it larger, but it's actual got quite a...More

Thank kgee34
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Built out over the years from Polly Hill's garden, the site is beautiful in all seasons. Fall is as beautiful as any other time. the environment is basically free roaming but guidance is available in the Visitor Center. Special trails and challenges for young people....More

Thank Bun45
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I am a bit late in getting this posted but would feel remiss if I were not to acknowledge the wonderful time my family and I had at Polly Hill Arboretum's Daffodil Days celebration this past April. The grounds were beautiful, the staff friendly and...More

Thank ceonmv
Reviewed 1 October 2015

My family & I come here every season just to see all the trees & plants at every stage of their cycle. We always bring every guest we have because we think this place is so special! If you don't leave feeling happy than you...More

Thank onaitto
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