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Festive crowd honors Polly Hill at 100
Among the guests was Nina Schneider who is known for her splendid flower gardens at her West Tisbury home. Photos by Lynn Christoffers
It seemed as though every conservationist, gardener, farmer, and plant lover on the Island turned out at the Polly Hill Arboretum last week to honor Polly Hill on the grand occasion of her 100th birthday. Ms. Hill herself remained at home in Delaware, where, according to arboretum director Tim Boland, she remains healthy, active, and still passionately interested in horticulture. But some 200 well-wishers celebrated, filling the new greenhouse with conversation and laughter, taking photos, and feasting on a sweet buffet, including scrumptious cupcakes baked by students in the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Culinary Arts Department.
Tim Boland, arboretum director, welcomed partygoers and explained features of the new greenhouse.
Mr. Boland recalled driving around with Ms. Hill looking at plants in 2002, the last summer she spent here.