A Garden Defined

"The garden is a place to go for quiet contemplation, a source not only of food but also of spiritual renewal and intimate contact with life's most basic processes."  Edward Smith,
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible

Our Forests, Fields and Wetlands - Gardens All

Here at Distant Hill Gardens, we consider the entire property to be a garden, from the cultivated ornamentals and vegetables, to the native plants of our forest, fields and wetlands. We use the term 'Garden' broadly to include the growing of any plants, and believe in the importance of plants, their cultivation and their use in the landscape to help foster an ecological balance between humans and the land.


Distant Hill Gardens after the 2011 Halloween snow.
Distant Hill Gardens after the 2011 Halloween snow.

Thinning our woodlands to improve the health and productivity of the trees is no different than thinning our carrots to give them room to grow. Mowing our fields at the best time of year to promote a healthy milkweed crop for the monarch butterfly caterpillars is much like pruning our shrubs to encourage more flowers. We strive to improve the aesthetics, fertility and biological diversity of the land in a way that is sustainable and will leave this a healthier and more beautiful 'Distant Hill'.