Petals in the Pines
Donna & Jim Miller
126 Baptist Rd. Canterbury NH 03224
(603) 783-0220 
donna@petalsinthepines.com
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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 3 in NH). Our offerings include:

Garden and Nature Themed Workshops for Kids with a season full of fun and educational activities. Watch for workshop listings.
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.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

Gardening Events for Adults~

GARDEN TOURS:

 July 12 & 13
Aug. 9 & 10
9-3 each day
$5 per adult, kids free


We'll be hosting a series of Garden Tours this summer so you can experience the colors and fragrances of our 20 Theme Gardens in a variety of stages. Guided, hour-long tours will be at 9:30 AM, 11 AM and 1 PM. Or use a self-guided map to tour these whimsical gardens at your own time and pace. And what will the kids do? They can have fun playing in our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom activity areas. Please leave pets at home.


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


LEAF STONE WORKSHOPS:
Sunday, July 20, 1-2:30 PM

at the “Petals in the Pines” Farm Stand

$30 per person **RSVP**

 

Learn how to create a unique and whimsical Leaf Stone bird bath for your patio or garden. 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. Leaf Stones must be left here to cure for 24 hours, and can be picked up after that. To reserve your spot, please call Donna at 783-0220 or e-mail us at donna@petalsinthepines.com .

 


Nature Explore Activities for Kids~

NATURE PRINTING
Wed., July 23

10-11:30 AM or 1-2:30 PM
RSVP by July 21st and specify the time
$10 for parent & 1 child, $5 each additional child, ($20 max.) infants free 
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Back by popular demand we are going to get very artistic in the garden! Find out how plant parts make great paint brushes and paint! Bring a white t-shirt or bag to do a design to bring home.


"SPREAD YOUR WINGS" DAYS for July & August

Wednesday, July 16
Tuesday, July 29
Monday, August 4
9AM-2PM
$10 for parent & 1 child, $5 each additional child, ($20 max.) infants free
Children must be accompanied by an adult


New this year, we'll be opening our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom on specified days for discovery time and unstructured play. Make use of any of our Arbor Day-certified play areas . . . build a fort in the Leaf Litter Messy Area, create a nature craft at the Indian Paintbrush Nature Art Area, water the vegetables in the Peter Rabbit Garden, or build a Fairy House in our Fairy Village! Let the kids take the lead by doing what interests them most--we'll provide a safe an nurturing environment. 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.

Upcoming Events~

MONARCH FESTIVAL:
This event was a huge success last year. We'll be doing it again on Saturday, September 13th during peak migration time. The Monarch population has decreased again, by half since last year! It is the lowest population since researchers started tracking it about 20 years ago. 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 or the Concord Agway. I especially encourage people 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.

NH OPEN DOORS:

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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