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Have you been climbing the walls this winter?

Hanging Out

A female Baltimore Oriole with summer ‘Cabin Fever’ in our blueberry patch.

You’re definitely not alone!

Cabin Fever is a common malady after a cold, snowy winter like the one we just experienced. The best therapy for a bout of cabin fever is to go outdoors and interact with nature. Spring is finally here (or so says the calendar!) and the weather is bound to improve, making it easier to get out. But the effects of your cabin fever may stay with you for quite some time.

A visit to Distant Hill Gardens might be just what the doctor ordered.

 Spring Rock Garden - Version 2

A rock garden in early May at Distant Hill Gardens.

Distant Hill Gardens will be open to the public again this year on the first Saturday of the month, May to October, 9 AM to 4 PM. Stop by and tour the Cultivated gardens, hike one of the many Trails, search for Caterpillars in the Milkweed Meadow, check out the Stone Circle, or join us for one or all of the six educational ‘Walks & Talks’ below.

From its many Native Plants to its Amphibians, Birds, Butterflies, and more, there’s lots of nature to connect with at Distant Hill Gardens.

The ‘Walks and Talks’ listed below all begin at 10 AM

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

A Spotted Salamander calling our compost pile home.

Join us to explore the many Vernal Pools of Distant Hill. The walk will be led by Jeff Littleton, of Moosewood Ecological and an adjunct professor at Antioch New England. You may see salamander and Wood Frog eggs, and, with any luck, Fairy Shrimp

Transplanted Native

A native Cinnamon Fern under cultivation at Distant Hill.

Lionel Chute, District Manager of the Sullivan County Conservation District will lead a Fern Walk in the woods of Distant Hill. You will learn how to identify many of the Native Ferns and which species might do well under cultivation in your own garden.

Rose Pogonia Orchid

A native Rose Pogonia Orchid blooming in the bog.

Michael Nerrie, the designer, builder and steward of Distant Hill Gardens will lead a walk onto the quaking Cranberry Bog on the property. Learn the difference between a Bog and a Fen and be introduced to some of the interesting native plants of the Wetlands of Distant Hill.

With luck, the Rose Pogonia orchids will be blooming in the bog on the day of the walk.

Basswood Leaves

Leaves of a Basswood tree (Tilia americana)

Join Steve Roberge, forester with the Cheshire County UNH Cooperative Extension for a Native Tree Identification walk. Steve led this same walk last year, but he wasn’t able to show and discuss half of the almost 30 Species of Native Trees found in the forest of Distant Hill Gardens.


David Howell taking about the geology of Distant Hill last summer.

David Howell USGS Geologist Emeritus and author of ‘The Winemaker’s Dance…’ will be giving a talk about Glaciation of the earth from a global and geologically historic perspective. The discussion will including why glaciers wax and wane and Climate Change as a possible factor.

Home on the Hill (8.5x11)

Our passive solar home at Distant Hill Gardens.

Distant Hill Gardens will be part of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) annual National Solar Tour again this year.
Michael and Kate Nerrie will be available all day to discuss their Solar Home and the advantages of using solar energy to fuel your own home.

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