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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Polly Hill Serves Up Beer with a Heady Dose of Science
Ivy Ashe
A pint of beer is a science class in a glass. On the macro level, there are the biology and chemistry lessons: fungi and plants collide to kick-start the fermentation process that produces alcohol. And the individual characteristics of those fungi (yeast) and plants (hops and malt) each affect how a beer will taste.
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Upcoming Polly Hill Events

Polly Hill Arboretum is everywhere this week. From pizza for plants at Flatbread to artistic renderings of nature, the arboretum promises to have you covered.

On Tuesday, July 9, a portion of all the evening pizza sales at Flatbread will benefit the arboretum. Polly Hill staff will be there and a chance to win a Polly Hill-grown plant is part of the event.

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Polly Hill Arboretum Lecture Series
Polly Hill’s vision of growing an arboretum began in 1957 and the 70-acre garden that is her legacy first opened to the public 15 years ago. The mission of the Polly Hill Arboretum is simple; to share plant knowledge with students of all ages. Polly’s voice is still sometimes heard on the local NPR station saying, “Educate yourself. Learn. That’s the fun. The learning is the fun.”
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Tree Talk and Trek

If trees could talk what story would they tell? Tom Clark, curator at Polly Hill Arboretum, knows better than most.

On Tuesday, June 11, he will lead a walking tour and share stories about the trees of the arboretum. Meet at 10 a.m. at the arboretum, 809 State Road in West Tisbury, for an hour-long trek. Cost is $5 or free for Polly Hill members.

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Guiding Their Own Education, Students Discover Unique Selves
Nicholas Bradley

The rafters echoed with laughter as 12 high school seniors gathered in Polly Hill Arboretum’s far barn to commemorate their graduation with a simple lunch. These students are the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School’s Class of 2013, the school’s largest graduating class since its first class of seniors graduated in 2001.

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Botanist Polly Hill Turns 100; Quiet Ceremony at Arboretum
Ian Fein

Mary Louisa Butcher Hill always wanted a greenhouse.

So for her 100th birthday this week, Mrs. Hill - who is known to everyone on the Vineyard as Polly - finally got one.

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$200,000 Grant Awarded To Polly Hill Arboretum

The Polly Hill Arboretum has received a grant of $200,000 from the Foundation Franklinia for 2009. The grant includes $100,000 toward the arboretum’s seeds for the future capital campaign endowment and $100,000 toward operating costs in support of the living collection.

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Kick the Habit With Chemical-Free Lawns

On May 31, the Polly Hill Arboretum and the Vineyard Conservation Society will welcome Paul Tukey, founder of SafeLawns.org, an international coalition promoting environmentally friendly lawn care, for a lively discussion on lawns.

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New Arboretum Assessment Made Possible With Grant

The Polly Hill Arboretum recently completed its second conservation assessment through a grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Service’s Heritage Preservation Program. The assessment was an opportunity to update an original assessment which was completed in 2001.

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