Welcome to Distant Hill Gardens
"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 gardens, along with all of the stonework, the many buildings and the substantial trail system were designed, built and maintained by Michael and Kathy (Kate) Nerrie.
Distant Hill Gardens is an environmental learning center dedicated to inspiring and empowering children and adults to
cultivate an intimate connection to the natural world.
We are working to develop Distant Hill Gardens into a venue for environmental, horticultural and nature-based research, classes and workshops, and to make the land and all of its resources available to local educational facilities, educators and the public.
SOME OF THE OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF DISTANT HILL
- Native plant communities indicative of rich and semi-rich soils
- Numerous vernal pools, swamps and wetlands
- A boardwalk over a floating cranberry bog
- Outcroppings of distinctive geologically unique bedrock
- Managed forests supporting over 30 species of trees
- A three-acre ‘Milkweed Meadow’ for monarch butterflies
- An eight-acre sugarbush and maple syrup operation
- Dozens of creative metal sculptures throughout the gardens
- A Christmas tree plantation
- Alternative energy systems powering a passive solar home
- Miles of walking trails
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to Contact Us.