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Gardens and Tonic: Asiatic Stewartias and Their Culture

July 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Grab your favorite beverage and join us virtually with Tim Boland, Executive Director of The Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard. Tim is an expert on, and passionate about, a wide range of woody plants, including asiatic stewartias. Learn about the different species and new cultivars of this extraordinarily beautiful genus with an entertaining and knowledgeable storyteller! 


The Gardens and Tonic Series is a question and answer virtual session with horticulture professionals. Join Julie Jenney from the Scott Arboretum and a featured horticulture professional for gardening questions, adventures, and lively discussion! Participants may be asked to submit photos related to their garden question before the session.

Registration is free but required as sessions are limited. Participants must have Zoom downloaded on their computer and be comfortable using it. The Zoom link will be included in the confirmation email received after registering online.


More about Tim Boland and The Polly Hill Arboretum:

Tim Boland is Executive Director of The Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard in West Tisbury, Massachusetts and many moons ago was the Curatorial Intern at the Scott Arboretum! A plantsman with wide-ranging interests, he is a nationally recognized author, photographer, and lecturer who focuses on plant ecology and the use of native plants to restore and reconnect fragmented landscapes. He is also involved in conservation and developing modern flora for Martha’s Vineyard. Tim  is the International Cultivar Registration Authority for the Genus Stewartia and is currently working on a comprehensive checklist of all Stewartia cultivars in cultivation.He holds a Master of Science degree in Plant Ecology and Systematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture, both from Michigan State University. Tim has given generously of his time in the past, delivering fascinating plant-focused presentations for the Scott Arboretum.


The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark, was developed by the legendary horticulturist, Polly Hill (1907-2007). 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 the 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. 


July 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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