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Faith in a Seed: A Chat with Tim Boland

November 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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November 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Join Tim Boland, Executive Director, of The Polly Hill Arboretum, for a historic and modern-day view of wildland plant propagation. Tim has 30 years of experience growing plants from seed as a former plant propagator at Michigan State University to his current work where he built a greenhouse and expanded the Arboretum’s 2-acre production facility.

This chat will outline the nuts and bolts of harvesting, cleaning, storing, and sowing seeds of native plants. Tim established MV Wildtype in 2006, and since that time the program has produced thousands of plants for restoration purposes and use with local homeowners. The program has received national recognition and has also brought some rare plants back from the brink of local extinction.
About the Speaker:
Tim Boland is the Director of the Polly Hill Arboretum on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, West Tisbury, Massachusetts. Tim moved with his wife Laura and two children to the Vineyard in 2002. Before his move to the Vineyard, he was Curator of Horticulture at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
He has an undergraduate degree in Landscape Horticulture and a Master’s Degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University with a specialization in Plant Ecology and Systematics.  Tim studies oak trees and has traveled the world to see oaks in their natural habitats. He is a board member of the International Oak Society and Chair of the Oak Conservation and Research Committee.  He is also assembling a modern flora for Martha’s Vineyard and adjacent islands. Tim is a plant collections advocate and serves on the Living Collections Advisory Committee of the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA.

Free to the community, but registration is required.

(508) 228-2884


November 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm