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 property is slowly 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 2014, the property will be open to the public for tours and workshops the first Saturday of each month, May thru October; for private tours for ten or more people by appointment; and for special events that may arise.
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, most of the whimsical metal sculptures found throughout the gardens were created by Michael.
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.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to Contact Us.