Polly Hill Arboretum

The “55 mph plant” in the Polly Hill Arboretum display garden is Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar.’ It shares space with ornamental grasses, perennials, and the dark-leaved ninebark, ‘Diabolo.’ ” — Photo by Susan Safford

Since its founding in 1958 by horticulturist Polly Hill, the arboretum has grown to  20 acres under cultivation and currently preserves 40 additional acres as native woodland. Visitor center open daily 9:30 am-4 pm, tours at 10 am. $5 suggested donation. No dogs. See website for classes, programs, plant sales and volunteer opportunities.

Winning array: a maple, Acer triflorum, puts on fall dress at Polly Hill Arboretum.
Winning array: a maple, Acer triflorum, puts on fall dress at Polly Hill Arboretum.