Polly Hill, the Tree Lady with a Magnificent Garden

The cherry trees, camellias and magnolias are in bloom this week at the Polly Hill Arboretum at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts — a fitting tribute to Polly Hill, the legendary horticulturalist who died last week at 100.

More than four decades ago, Hill began planting seeds outside her West Tisbury home.

Over the years, she transformed her small nursery into a 70-acre arboretum that today boasts more than 1,700 plant varieties.

Hill collected seeds from around the world — and took on the challenge of figuring out which could survive cold New England winters. She is credited with introducing more than 100 plant varieties to the area.

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