Young Scientists Explore Polly Hill Arboretum
Derek Schwartz
First grade students from Edgartown School explored the education programs at Polly Hill Arboretum, which are offered free of charge to kindergarten through fourth grade students throughout the Island.
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Holly Hat Racking Demo
The Polly Hill Arboretum abounds with mature overgrown hollies this time of year. Learn how to tame these beasts on Saturday, March 15.
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Fruits of Their Labor

The Polly Hill Arboretum and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center are coming together to bring The Fruit Hunters to the screen on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the film center at the Tisbury Marketplace. This cinematic odyssey through the jungles of Borneo and the hills of Umbria, to name a few, follows an obsessed few determined to save rare and exotic fruit from becoming extinct through overdevelopment and agrobusiness concerns. Bill Pullman stars as himself.

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Winter Walks
Polly Hill Arboretum offers a way to get outdoors and explore the off season on the grounds.
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Earth and Sky at Polly Hill
A chance to clean up the grounds and then a later opportunity to check out the night sky with amateur astronomer Barbara Caseau is coming up Thursday, Oct. 24 at Polly Hill Arboretum. Grounds volunteer day is from 9 a.m. to noon and is a basic fall sprucing-up event. Bring gloves and dress for the weather.
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Mushroom Walk-and-Talk

Marlene Snecinski, also known as Mushroom Marlene, leads a fall walk foraging for wild mushrooms at Polly Hill Arboretum in West Tisbury on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. She will point out fun fungi facts and discuss mycophagy along the way.

Preregistration is required for this mushroom walk-and-talk so call 508-693-9426 for more information or visit pollyhillarboretum.org.

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Trees Do Grow in Brooklyn

It’s all about Brooklyn at the Polly Hill Arboretum on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Chris Roddick, senior arborist at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden kicks it off with a talk about pruning techniques and tool maintenance from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a hands-on demonstration and a chance to practice newly learned pruning prowess. Bring hand pruners if you have them. Cost for this event is $20 or $10 if you’re a member of Polly Hill.

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Polly Hill Plant Sale

The perfect time to plant is upon us and the Polly Hill Arboretum offers its fall plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Staff will be available to answer questions about the Vineyard climate and plant selection.

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Charmed by Arboretum

Having seen a picture online for a recent project at the Polly Hill Arboretum, my six-year-old twin grand children were eager to go. The project by potter Bill O’Callahan and puppeteer Robin Tuck is really magical and I encourage anyone who has a little spare time to go and see it.

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At Polly Hill, Mission to Nurture Seeds Of Next Generation Is Still Thriving
Alison L. Mead
Upstairs in Polly Hill’s former home last week, Tim Boland pulled a manilla folder out of a cabinet labeled Flora of Dukes County, placed it on a table by the window and opened it up. Inside lay pages with delicately pressed plants and flowers. Notes marked the corners of each page, written on bright post-it notes.
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