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
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Distant Hill Gardens
507 March Hill Road
Walpole, NH 03608
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Inspiring Visitors to Landscape with a Purpose
Distant Hill Gardens and Distant Hill Nature Trail consist of one-hundred and twenty-five 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.
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF DISTANT HILL
- Cultivated Gardens with over 400 varieties of Labeled Plants
- Distant Hill Nature Trail a mile-long wheelchair and stroller accessible system of loop trails open daily, free of charge
- White Rock Woods, a nature play area on the nature trail
- A children's Story Walk® Trail sponsored by the Walpole Town Library with a new book installed the first of every month!
- Distant Hill Geology Trail contains ten stops with signs discussing the unique geological features on the trail
- 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 two-acre ‘Milkweed Meadow’ for monarch butterflies
- A small sugarbush for producing our own Maple Syrup
- Dozens of Creative Sculptures throughout the gardens
- A small Christmas Tree plantation
- Alternative energy systems powering two Passive Solar Homes
- Over 150 acres of Wildlife friendly forests
The cultivated gardens, the vegetable garden, 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, most of the whimsical metal sculptures found throughout the gardens were created by Michael.
Distant Hill Nature Trail, our Geology Trail, White Rock Woods Play Area, and the Children's Book Walk
are open daily, free of charge.
Dogs are welcome on leash.
VISIT THE GARDENS BY APPOINTMENT
Groups of up to 20 can visit us any day of the week
BY APPOINTMENT for either a guided or self-guided tour.
Self-Guided Tour: $10/adult
Guided Tour: $125/for up to 20 people
If you have any questions or comments
please feel free to Contact Us.