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Donna, Julian, Deb & Wendy, Gardners

Deb Henderson, Donna Mears, Julian Bland and Wendy Moses can be found throughout the Fearrington property constantly working to make Fearrington's gardens stunning. With an average tenure at Fearrington of about 15 years, this is one of the most experienced gardening teams around.

Harvest & The Garden

With the colder and shorter days of winter fast approaching, finding new ways to bring the garden indoors becomes one of our favorite tasks. While all the colorful flowers our gardens have enjoyed may be a fast-disappearing memory, there is still plenty of material and opportunity in the garden for seasonal decorating. Here in the Gardens at Fearrington, we like to use container plantings, filled with colorful evergreen shrubs, grasses, and hardy blooms to group by the entrances to shops and... Full Post >

Greener Pastures

It's no secret that as gardeners at Fearrington we take great pride in keeping our numerous and beautiful gardens immaculate and always photo-ready. Yet even we have areas at the edges of our cultivated grounds where weeds and woods make a valiant effort to encroach on our space. In the past, as many do, we have fought back with machinery, chemicals (where appropriate) and hours of labor. This summer we decided to try something greener, gentler, and much more picturesque! Blessed with a... Full Post >

Autumn Landscape Tips

With the worst of summer heat behind us and lovely fall planting weather ahead, now is the perfect time to consider planting native trees and shrubs for birds and other wildlife to enjoy! As we've been finding here in the gardens at Fearrington, so many of our favorite natives offer not only sustenance for wildlife, but also add dazzling fall color and bright winter berries to the landscape. There are plants for every garden need available from local growers and nurseries too - ranging... Full Post >

Keeping a Mother’s Day Tradition Alive

Flowers and Mother's Day are almost a foregone conclusion, but keeping the tradition alive doesn't have to mean supermarket roses or dyed carnations. Local Farmer's Markets are exploding with floral beauty at this time of year, and putting together something as special as Mom is can be as simple as purchasing a few spectacular blooms, augmenting with fresh greenery from your own garden, and wrapping the stems with a bit of fabric ribbon to make the perfect tussie-mussie! Full Post >

Grow Your Best Tomato Crop Ever

If you garden, you’re undoubtedly excited that our average frost date has passed - timed with taxes, why is that? - and you can safely start installing those summer crop seedlings in your backyard garden. Like many Americans, you’ll probably be growing at least several types of tomatoes, because after all nothing packs as much flavor as eating a ripened tomato off the vine, can be served in so many different ways and is hefty enough to be the mainstay of a meal. How to have better... Full Post >

Garden Walks

April and May are unbeatable for getting out and strolling gardens near and far to get inspired, informed or just a little exercise! With choices ranging from the UNC Botanical Garden, to JC Raulston Arboretum, Fearrington Gardens and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, our area is rich in ideas for you to take home and try in your own garden! Full Post >

A Fearrington Spring to Savor

It's early on a weekend morning in April and the sun has already warmed the spot on the terrace at The Fearrington House Restaurant, where you've chosen to enjoy the day's first cup of coffee. A gentle breeze stirs fragrance from the canopy of wisteria blooms surrounding you, and you settle back to listen to the birdsong lilting through the gardens and savor the beginnings of what you know will be a perfect day. As vibrant and beautiful as the gardens at Fearrington are throughout the... Full Post >

5 Quick Tips to Prep Your Garden

1. Clean and sharpen all your garden tools. Check that battery and gas powered items are ready to go, and that ample amounts of potting soil, fertilizers, etc have been purchased and set aside. 2. If you are growing annuals or vegetables from seed, mid-March is the time to begin sowing these indoors for planting out after last frost. 3. On days when you just can't stay inside, begin by raking and cleaning garden beds. Where bulb foliage is emerging, top-dress with a bit of slow-release... Full Post >

Ready Your Garden (and Yourself) for Spring!

Winter's not quite a distant memory yet, but each arriving songbird reminds us of the spring gardening work to be done. While it's hard to resist the temptation to get out and start digging and planting on the first warm weekend, there's still lots to do to in the weeks ahead when the ground is too soggy to work. First on our list here at Fearrington is a check to see that all of our tools and equipment are ready for the tasks ahead. After sharpening blades on sécateurs, cleaning forks and... Full Post >

How Did They Do It?

One of our favorite new projects this holiday season was making a multitude of handmade ornaments with which to decorate the tree for the birds standing at the center of the Village. This year's tree has gotten so much attention that we thought we would share the "how-to's" of creating its distinctive dried-orange swag with our readers! The first step consists of slicing and drying the oranges for 2-3 hours in a low (200-degree) oven. Once they are cooled, the slices can be threaded with... Full Post >