Welcome to Petals in the Pines! We are a certified Nature Explore Classroom by Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation (one of only 4 in NH).Our offerings include:
Garden and Nature Themed Workshops for Kids with a season full of fun and educational activities. Look below in our Event Listing for current programs. Garden Themed Birthday Parties so they can have a great outdoor experience to celebrate their special day. Leaf Stones are unique and whimsical bird baths, planters, table tops and Lazy Susans available at our self-service stand. We offer scheduled "make-your-own" workshops, or you can host one for you and a group of friends. Fresh Cut Flower Bouquets stocked at our self-service stand June through September (or first frost.) Special orders can be requested as well. Group Tours of our Themed Gardens are available--a great opportunity for garden clubs. Monarch Festival is held the 2nd Saturday of September, during the monarchs peak fall migration.
Farm Stand is currently closed for the season. If you're interested in
any of our products during the off season, please call us at 783-0220.
Orders for Swedish Almond Cake, Baskets and Scarves can be filled at any time. Leaf Stones are available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the winter and spring until we start new production in May, 2015.
We are spending these winter days making plans for new programs and activities for the 2015 season. In the meantime I will be giving a couple of programs about Monarch butterflies in the upcoming months, listed below.
The monarch butterfly, once a common sight during late summer in NH, is on the decline. What's behind their decreasing population and how can we help them? A slide presentation of Monarch Way Station and Monarch Maternity Ward gardens will include plants and flowers selected to attract and sustain the butterflies. Discuss the research work being done and answer the elusive question of how to tag a monarch.
The Decline of the Monarch Butterfly and What You Can Do About It
Monarch butterfly, once a common sight during late summer in NH, is on
the decline. What's behind their decreasing population and how can we
help them? Donna Miller, a gardener and educator from Petals in the
Pines in Canterbury, will discuss their life cycle, the annual migration
to Mexico, how to find them in the wild, what they need for survival,
and how we can easily create a habitat for monarchs in our own back
Donna Miller is from Petals in the Pines, a diverse garden
operation in Canterbury, where she maintains 20 theme gardens. Donna is a
citizen scientist for Monarch Watch and helps with the tracking of
monarchs during their fall migration.
Charlie Cole from Cole Gardens
will be discussing how we can plant annuals, perennials and shrubs to
attract pollinators such as Honey Bees, Humming Birds and Butterflies to
our gardens. This lecture will help us beautify our outdoor spaces
while we help attract pollinators.
Our Roots: In 1992
we bought our home on 5 acres in Canterbury. Our passive solar house
was surrounded by pines and hardwood trees amongst outcroppings of
beautiful granite ledge. There was very little open space for gardens.
In 2000, we purchased an adjoining 3 acres which gave us all kinds of
new opportunities. An area behind the house was logged and opened up for
gardens. We started with a blank slate, an open space of land, and
little by little created a beautiful landscape. Our children were quite
young at the time so we started with the Children's Garden which
features plants representing the 5 senses of the body. The Peter Rabbit
Garden vegetable beds were established next, and we built two teepees
for our kids, on which to grow gourds and morning glories. Since then,
we've added 2-3 themed gardens each year. It is truly a labor of love! In 2010 we opened our gardens to the public. We've hosted elementary school groups and garden clubs and we want to share our beautiful landscape with you!
Please contact us at 783-0220. We look forward to seeing you.
Jim and Donna Miller
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