Welcome to Distant Hill Gardens ...
An Environmental and Horticultural Learning Center
"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." Rachel Carson
Distant Hill Gardens comprises fifty-eight acres of fertile high country land in the hills five miles east of downtown Walpole, New Hampshire. The property is being developed into an environmental and horticultural learning center dedicated to inspiring and empowering children and adults to cultivate an intimate connection to the natural world. We hope to show those who visit Distant Hill that cultivating a connection to nature can be as simple as heading out your backdoor.
For 2015, the property will be open to the public for tours and workshops the first Saturday of each month, May to October,
as it has in past years.
In addition, due to popular demand, we have decided to open
Sunday afternoons, June through September, for the 2015 season.
We also have a few other Special Events scheduled.
Go to the 2015 Events Page to see what we have planned.
As always, we are open by appointment for Private Tours for ten or more people, for school groups of any size, and for other special events.
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF DISTANT HILL
Cultivated Gardens with over 350 varieties of Labeled Plants
A large biodiverse inventory of Native Plants
- Numerous Vernal Pools, swamps and wetlands
- A boardwalk over a floating Cranberry Bog
- A Stone Circle built with stones from the property
- Managed forests supporting over 30 species of Native Trees
- A three-acre ‘Milkweed Meadow’ for monarch butterflies
An eight-acre sugarbush for producing our own Maple Syrup
- Dozens of Creative Sculptures throughout the gardens
- A small Christmas Tree plantation
Alternative energy systems powering our Passive Solar Home
Miles of Walking Trails
- Wildlife friendly forests
- Many unique geological features, such as large Pegmatite boulders and Stretched-pebble Conglomerate outcroppings.
The cultivated gardens, all of the stonework including the stone circle, the many buildings, and the substantial trail system were designed, built and are maintained by Michael and Kathy (Kate) Nerrie. In addition, many of the whimsical metal sculptures found throughout the gardens were created by Michael.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to Contact Us.