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Tarbin Gardens evolved from the English passion for gardening. Purchased in 1973, five acres of gardens have been carved from the large wooded lot on land scoured by glacial erosion. We cut trees, pulled stumps, dug rocks and amended the thin soil with assistance from pigs, goats and Highland cattle. We discovered gardening in New England is more challenging than tending our small plots in England’s gentle climate. Apart from adjusting to the extreme temperature variations, the problem was where to stop cultivating. In England we had set bounds but here with 33 acres we did not know when to stop. In 1975 we started commercial production of hothouse tomatoes and bedding plants. After years of providing the local area with tomato fruit and bedding plants the family decided in 1982 to start creating the public gardens. The second generation started a landscape gardening business in 1987. After 12 years of creating gardens for others we decided to concentrate on developing the public gardens.

Throughout three decades family members moved on and some came back again but we spent long hard hours on our gardening hobby, gradually claiming the gardens from the rough mature woodland. Friends and neighbors started to visit the gardens annually,and then brought their visiting friends and relations for tours. After allowing the gardens to be used for local fund-raising events we were encouraged by those who visited to let more people see the gardens

In 2002 the decision was made to accelerate the development of the gardens as a horticultural tourist attraction. The gardens opened for a short season in 2003 and visitors were impressed by the extent of the gardens and the wide variety of their contents. A stroll through the gardens without taking a rest on a well placed bench to absorb the peace of the gardens can take two hours. The gardens were featured on the front page of the Local/State section of the state’s capital city newspaper

  • Tarbin Gardens was featured on the P Allen Smith Garden Show in June 2007.
  • Tarbin Gardens was featured on WMUR Channel 9 Chronicles in 2008.
  • Tarbin Gardens was voted Best ‘English Garden’ in New Hampshire in 2009.
  • Tarbin Gardens was featured in New Hampshire Magazine, May 2010 edition.
  • Tarbin Gardens was featured in the Kearsarge Magazine Summer 2011 edition.
  • Tarbin Gardens was featured in the 2013 issue of Lakes Region Bride magazine.
  • Tarbin Gardens was featured in 2014 issue of The Capitol Bride Magazine

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