Welcome to Distant Hill Gardens and Distant Hill Nature Trail

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

Inspiring Visitors 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 hope to inspire visitors to develop an ecological approach to working their land and to give them the tools to improve their landscape one plant at a time.


We offer numerous workshops throughout the year on a wide range of ecological and horticultural topics: Landscaping for Wildlife; Using Native Plants in the Garden; Edible Mushroom Identification and Tasting; Pruning Shrubs - How, When, and Why; Vernal Pool Exploration; Invasive Plant Control; and Fern and Moss ID workshops to name but a few.


We hope visitors to Distant Hill Gardens will leave with 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 Open Daily

Distant Hill Nature Trail is a new addition to Distant Hill Gardens. It is a  mile-long network of wheelchair and stroller accessible 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 select weekends from May through October, for private tours, visits by appointment, and for special events and educational workshops, Distant Hill Nature Trail is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. Learn More...


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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