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 - Learning to Landscape with a Purpose

Distant Hill Gardens comprises fifty-eight acres of fertile high country land in the hills five miles east of downtown Walpole, New Hampshire.

An environmental and horticultural learning center dedicated to inspiring and empowering children and adults to cultivate an intimate connection 

to the natural world through education and observation. We offer numerous workshops throughout the year on a range of topics such as Landscaping with Native Plants, Edible Mushroom Id and Tasting, Pruning Shrubs in the Garden, and Vernal Pool Expoloration to name but a few.


We hope visitors to Distant Hill will leave with both a better understanding of the vital connections between plants, animals, and humans, and how we can use Earth's resources in a way that strengthens and sustains those connections.

Distant Hill Nature Trail is a new addition to Distant Hill Gardens. It is a 3/4 mile long accessible network of hard-packed gravel trails that wind through the 21 acres of Distant Hill that is located in Alstead, NH. While Distant Hill Gardens is only open to the public on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month May through October, and for special events, Distant Hill Nature Trail is open daily year-round from dawn to dusk. With the five vernal pools found along the trail, spring is a perfect time to visit to explore these interesting and ecologically important wetlands.


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.

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