May Open Weekend at Distant Hill Gardens – 5/7&8/16

 

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May Open Garden Weekend

Purple Trillium Blooms at Last - Version 2

The native Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) are in bloom.

WHERE:
Distant Hill Gardens
507 March Hill Road
Walpole, NH

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8
10am to 4pm

All of Distant Hill Gardens is open to the public the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, May through October, from 10am to 4pm. You are welcome to come and stroll the grounds at your own pace, or you can take advantage of the walk, tour, or talk taking place each ‘Open Garden Weekend’ day. Each month will be exploring whatever is of ecological or horticultural interest happening on Distant Hill at the time.

In May we are highlighting Vernal Pools on Saturday
and native Spring Wildflowers on Sunday

Wood Frog  Rana sylvatica

Wood Frogs need vernal pools for breeding habitat.

Join us for either a morning or an afternoon exploration of the Vernal Pools of Distant Hill on Saturday May 7, 10am to 11:30am or 1pm to 2:30pm. Choose the time that best fits your schedule.

You will learn the importance of these temporary ponds as critical amphibian breeding habitat and how to identify the Indicator Species that are only found in vernal pools. You’ll see egg masses of wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and Jefferson salamanders. And with luck we’ll get to see a Fairy Shrimp or two found in some of the ten vernal pools of Distant Hill.

To access the pools we will be using the new half-mile long accessible nature trail that winds its way through ‘White Rock Woods’ at Distant Hill Gardens. All ages and abilities are welcome and it will be held rain or shine.

Round-lobed Hepatica

Round-lobed Hapitaca (Anemone americana) are in bloom now.

And on ‘Sunday from 1pm to 3pm join us for a moderate walk in search of some of the Native Wildflowers in bloom in the forest, fields, and wetlands of Distant Hill.

This will be the first in a series of monthly ‘Wildflower Walks’ to be held on each of the upcoming ‘Open Garden Weekend’ Sunday afternoons for the rest of the 2016 season. You are sure to see new plants in bloom each month.

Suggested Donation for Entry to the Gardens: $5

No extra charge for either walk, and no registration is required

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