COVID-19 Update:


No Open Garden Weekends in May, June, or July

All workshops and talks scheduled have  been cancelled.


We will reassess the situation for August Open Gardens.


Click Here to 'View Our Calendar of Events' for updates. 


NOTE: Distant Hill Nature Trail and our

Nature Play Area are

still open daily, free of charge, 

with a newly expanded parking area.


Dogs are welcome on leash.



Groups of up to 10 can visit us any day of the week

BY APPOINTMENT for either a guided or self-guided tour. 


Suggested Donations:  

Guided Tour: $125 / for up to 10 people

Self-Guided Tour: $10 / adult


Guidelines When Visiting:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • We encourage touchless payments.
  • Social distancing of non-household members of at least six feet is to be maintained at all times.
  • Masks are required if near other people.
  • The bathroom will be open, and we will be wiping down surfaces every two hours.
  • Bring your own disinfectant, drinking water, and masks.

Make a tax deductible

 no-fee donation using the 'PayPal Giving Fund'


All funds go to the 

 Distant Hill Accessible Trail Fund 

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 and Distant Hill Nature Trail consist of one-hundred and twenty-eight acres of biodiverse forest, fields, and wetlands straddling the town-line separating Walpole and Alstead. You will find us in the hills, five miles east of downtown Walpole, New Hampshire.


Distant Hill is 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.


Or goal is to have visitors to Distant Hill 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 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.

If you have any questions or comments

please feel free to Contact Us.