Petals in the Pines
Donna & Jim Miller
126 Baptist Rd. Canterbury NH 03224
(603) 783-0220
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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.


Sat. SEP. 13, 9-4
$5 suggested donation for adults, kids are free!

This event was a huge success last year we are excited to bring it back to you. Spread the word!

This year we have 26 Monarch caterpillars (to date) munching away on the milkweed, and they'll be waiting to see you at the Festival, either as a chrysalis or a butterfly!

  • Come learn about, and help us celebrate, the amazing Monarch Butterfly
  • Observe our caterpillar rearing tent and we'll do Monarch tagging demonstrations (if we have any Monarchs emerging that day
  • Visit our "Monarch Maternity Ward" garden to search for Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis, and butterflies
  • Learn about the plight of the Monarch* at our "Monarch Education Station"
  • A Master Gardener will be on hand to answer your garden questions
  • Learn about Butterfly Gardening and see our Monarch Way Station.
  • Tour our 20 Theme Gardens
  • Fun activities for kids in our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom
  • Visit the garden shop at our farm stand

* The number of Monarch butterlies has plummeted in recent years. In 2013 it was the lowest population since researchers started tracking it about 20 years ago. They are hopeful that it may increase a little bit this year.  You can help by encouraging milkweed plants where you live. Milkweed is the only plant where the Monarch butterfly lays her eggs and the only plant the caterpillars eat. If you have it, don't pull it up. If you don't have it you can purchase it at Found Well Farm in Pembroke.

I especially encourage people to get the Swamp Milkweed variety called Cinderella, Asclepias incarnarta. It is a beautiful flower and looks lovely as a landscape plant. You can cut and enjoy the flowers while the monarch caterpillars will eat the leaves. We will have some of these plants, and other pollinator plants, available for sale at the Monarch Festival.

Be sure to visit "Garlic Days" at Clough Tavern Farm in Canterbury the same day and time as our Monarch Festival. We'll have signs from our place directing you there. It will be a great day to spend in Canterbury!!

Nature Explore Activities for Kids~

September Dates:

Thursday, the 4th

Wednesday the 10th

Thursday the 18th

Wednesday the 24th

Now that school will be starting soon, what will you do with the toddlers and pre-schoolers at home? Join us for discovery time and unstructured play at our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The kids can make use of any of our Arbor Day-certified play areas while parents/grandparents enjoy the relaxed atmosphere here at Petals in the Pines. We let the kids take the lead by doing what interests them most--we'll provide a safe, supervised, and nurturing environment. Feed the chickens, play croquet, build a fairy house, paint a nature picture, water the flowers, observe the butterflies, or pretend to be on board a pirate ship in our tree fort. These are just a few of the things the kids have done here in recent weeks at a "Spread Your Wings" Day.  Come any time (rain* or shine) between 9 to 2, and stay as long as you like. Bring a snack or pack a picnic lunch.

Reservations for "Spread Your Wings" Day are not needed but it would be helpful if you let us know you are coming.

* We will not opening during severe weather conditions. If it's questionable, please call us at 783-0220 to see if we'll be open.

Gardening Events for Adults~


We are now offering self-guided Garden Tours daily from 9-6 so you can experience the colors and fragrances of our 20 Theme Gardens when it's convenient for you. Copies of our self-guided map is located on the porch of our farm stand. Follow the map through all our marked gardens at your own pace. A $5 donation per adult is suggested, kids are free. And what will the kids do? They can have fun playing in our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom activity areas while you tour. Please leave pets at home.

 If you have a group that would like a private tour you can call to schedule one.



Learn how to create a unique and whimsical Leaf Stone bird bath for your patio or garden. You can schedule a private (and very fun!) workshop for yourself and a group of friends. You’ll select a large leaf from our gardens, and then craft a durable Leaf Stone of your very own. This 90-minute workshop will include all supplies, instruction, and sealant for $30 per person. The more friends you bring, the less you pay for your Leaf Stone! As Coordinator, if you bring 3 friends, your cost is $20; bring 4 friends, your cost is $15; bring 5 friends, your cost is $10.
Call Donna at 783-0220 to reserve a date today!

Upcoming Events~

This statewide event will take place on November 8 & 9 and we'll be participating again! Our farm stand will be open with a great selection of items for holiday shopping.

Our self-service Farm Stand is open for the season!
We're now open daily from 9-6. The stand will be stocked with our Leaf Stone Bird Baths, Sedum Planters and Lazy Susans plus our garden- and nature-themed hand-stamped and dyed silk scarves and neckties. New this year I'm offering potted perennials for butterfly gardens. Our selection will grow throughout the season. Bouquets are available Friday through Sunday and any other day by request.

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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