Friday, June 29, 2012

Open Garden Day at Distant Hill Gardens of Walpole, NH This Sunday

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Food and Thought Potluck at Walpole Valley Farms

Please join us for a zero-waste potluck and local food discussion to be held the following Wednesdays: June 13th, July 11th, Aug 15th and Sept 12th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings while engaging in thoughtful discussion over dinner. Topics are spontaneous but focus on local food and health. Bring a blanket, your own plate, utensils, cup, napkin, and a dish to share. FREE scoop of Walpole Creamery ice cream provided for all. Family friendly.

The pot lucks will be held on the grounds of Walpole Valley Farms, a short walk from our country B&B in picturesque Walpole, New Hampshire. You do not need to be a guest to attend these pot lucks, but if you're coming from a distance you might want to consider spending a night or two in our unique farm stay accommodations. Besides the 100% grass-fed beef, lamb, heritage pasture-raised pork, chicken, turkeys, eggs and vegetables we raise here on our sustainable pasture-based farm, our quaint New England village of just 3,500 residents is a hub of local food production and perfect for a fun family vacation. Everything from maple syrup and honey to raw milk, cheese, super premium ice cream, 200 varieties of fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples and more), several farm stands, a farmers' market and some of the best handmade chocolate on the planet are located right in town. Many of these farms also welcome guests to see their operations. 

Come for the pot luck, spend the night, recharge, restock and return home with any number of local foods produced right here in our local food-focused community.

Hope to see you at the farm soon!

Jackie, Innkeeper The Inn at Valley Farms