Sugar Hill is on Route 117 between Franconia and Lisbon.
Because it was originally part of the town of Lisbon, it now has the distinction of being the most recently incorporated town in the state – 1962. The name Sugar Hill comes from the many sugar maples that are within the town boundaries.
The full-time 574 residents have breathtaking views of the White Mountain National Forest. Sugar Hill covers 15 square miles, has a couple of well-known inns and gift stores, a golf course, and one famous pancake house, Polly’s.
But, in June the focus of everyone’s camera is on the Fields of Lupine Festival which celebrated its 25th year in 2018. Telling you that there are fields of lupines fails miserably in describing the beauty of it all. Even these photos can’t describe seeing lupines that look like they go right up to the mountains.
The largest field, Sampler Field, is on Sunset Hill Road and allows for parking at the Sugar Hill Sampler. The field has numerous paths for walking that wind through the Lupines. As you walk, you are treated to snippets by NH poet, Robert Frost.
Over the years, we have visited three times. By far, there were more Lupines this year than we had seen before.
Are you wondering if I have Lupines in my gardens? I tried twice to grow them and was unsuccessful both times. Next time though I’ll remember not to move them once they have established themselves. Even people who garden a lot learn the hard way sometimes. 🙂
- Plants come as annuals or perennials or can be started from seed
- There are over 200 different species
- Prefer full sun
- Need well-drained soil
- Do not spread except through reseeding
- Have a taproot which means they don’t like to be moved
- Grow from 1′-4′ in height
- Are part of the legume family so they can actually improve soil fertility