As part of ‘Open Days’ program of The Garden Conservancy, Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, NH will be open to the public this Sunday, July 1, 2012 from 10AM to 4PM. I highly recommend this rare opportunity to see one of the Monadnock Region’s prize private gardens.
Michael and Kathy Nerrie have been working for more than 30 years transforming their 58 acres into a wonder to behold. In that time, the Nerries have created more than traditional gardens – their house, several outbuildings, a swimming pond, hundreds of feet of stonewalls, acres of Christmas trees and Sugar Maples as well as vegetable and ornamental gardens were all designed with the natural landscape in mind creating a seamless vision of beauty everywhere you look. In their words “a refuge where the combined forms, textures and shapes of the plants and stone are at least as important as the numerous flowers and their colors. Neither wild nor formal, the ornamental gardens are an attempt to take the beauty of the natural world and add to it the creativity of man.” I encourage you to take some time this Sunday to visit the Nerries as it will be a visit you will not soon forget.
If you want to extend your time in Walpole, Distant Hill Gardens are located near Walpole Mountain View Winery which, in addition to their great tasting wine, has some of the best scenic views anywhere in the region. The winery’s extended hours now include wine tastings on Sunday afternoons from 1-4 – a perfect way to end the garden tour at Distant Hill Gardens. If you’re in the area early and are aching for more garden time you may also want to consider stopping by a little known local secret – Ian Webber’s plant stand on Bookseller Road in Walpole (ask us for directions as you won’t find them online) to check out his selection of large, healthy, vigorous (many uncommon) field grown perennials. Also worth a visit are Harlow Farmstand just across the river in nearby Westminster, VT or Walker Farm in nearby Dummerston, VT.
If you can’t make a trip to Walpole this weekend other upcoming garden events include the Westminster Garden Tour July 14th and 15th featuring the gardens of famed landscape designer Gordon Hayward and the Florediem Daylily Festival in nearby Alstead, NH July 14th and 15th. And of course you are always welcome to stroll through our extensive perennial flower and no till vegetable gardens here on our country B&B when visiting New Hampshire.
We hope to cross paths with you at one of these fine gardens!
Jackie, Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms