West Tisbury, Massachusetts

Polly Hill Arboretum

In 1957, at the age of 50, the horticulturist Polly Hill conceived the idea of growing an arboretum on the 60-acre Martha’s Vineyard farm she inherited from her parents. Over the next 40 years, she developed and introduced a wide variety of plants, including the North Tisbury azaleas. Other rare plants to see include the Himalayan Daphne genkwa, and Shortia galacifolia from the southern Appalachians growing with hardy Camellias and other rare species. Several of the trees forming a 284 foot allée of Kousa Dogwood are Polly’s introductions, selected for their habit of growth, bract characters, and fruit size and color.Now a non-profit, the Arboretum is open daily, sunrise to sunset. [ info ]