I was invited to give a talk at the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard. I accepted. How could I not ?
Quoting from the website, “The Polly Hill Arboretum, a Martha’s Vineyard horticultural and botanical landmark, was developed by the legendary horticulturist, Polly Hill (1907-2007). Here 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 this tranquil landscape.” http://www.pollyhillarboretum.org/
The talk “The Spell of the Sensuous” is a conglomeration of thoughts and images – gardens and their history, contemporary design, sex in gardens, the end of the world as we know it – that kind of stuff. It amuses me. Perhaps it will amuse others.
Back to the magic of the tranquil landscape.
Just a few delicacies in a garden that is a feast. For a list of the entire collection, go here http://www.pollyhillarboretum.org/plants/entire-collections/
After a particularly large tree was blown over, there was some trepidation amongst the garden staff about how Polly Hill would react. When told about the tree,” This,” she said , is not a loss. It is an opportunity.”
She died in 2007 at age 100. Thank you Polly Hill.