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
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 HIGHLIGHTS OF DISTANT HILL GARDENS
- Cultivated Gardens with over 400 varieties of Labeled Plants
Forests, fields & wetlands with a large variety of Native
- Vernal Pools, swamps, forest seeps, and other wetlands
- A boardwalk over a floating Cranberry Bog
- A large 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 including a mile long Accessible Trail
- Wildlife friendly forests
- Many unique geological features, such as large Pegmatite boulders and Stretched-pebble Conglomerate outcroppings.
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.
If you have any questions or comments
please feel free to Contact Us.