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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.

Welcome, Spring!

While February in the Gardens at Fearrington is filled with quiet murmurings of spring's imminent arrival, March is when it all gets finally underway. Each day brings an explosion of new bloom and fresh leaves unfurling, and if there's ever a time for getting out for a garden walk, this is it! Here at Fearrington, the first weeks in March are the time to spot deep golden frills of Cornus mas, jewel-like purple and blue Iris reticulata, narcissus of every variety, and our spectacular Lenten... Full Post >

The Toughest of The Tough

If you're a plant blooming in the depths of a Carolina winter, both the risks and the rewards are great. On the rewards end, the plentiful warm and sunny days coax honeybees and other pollinators out to find available nectar sources, and you are more likely to get a visitor if you are not competing with the summer crowd. The risks are those few days when temperatures can plummet 40 or 50 degrees in a matter of hours, or heavy ice threatens. Naturally, then, the hardiest bloomers share a few... Full Post >

Early Spring Planting

February in the Piedmont usually heralds the first stirrings of what truly feels like spring. While it's hard to resist the urge to get out there on the first warm, sunny day, putting your garden energy to work in a thoughtful manner now pays big dividends later! If you are starting a vegetable garden - or simply like to incorporate edibles into your ornamental beds, as we do here in the gardens surrounding The Granary - February is the ideal time to sow cold weather crops like arugula,... Full Post >

The Most Romantic Gardens

Whether it's toasting the setting sun from the white Adirondack chairs overlooking the pasture in front of The Fearrington House Restaurant or strolling hand-in-hand beneath flowering cherry trees, the gardens at Fearrington abound with beautiful, romantic settings for just the two of you. It would, in fact, be almost impossible for us to pick a "most romantic" spot, as they vary so from season to season, morning to evening. However . . . if we were truly pressed, I think we would have to... Full Post >

New Year, New Garden?

Actually, to a gardener in the South, that's a bit of a fantasy. With so many sunny and pleasant winter days outside, the garden never really does get "put to rest." Tools don't quite make it to storage in the tool shed well-oiled and cleaned, and the gardener herself only has a few indoor days by the fire to contemplate next year's seed catalogs. For the many of us who would gladly exchange a long winter nap for the chance to smell flowers and feel warm sunshine on our backs in January,... Full Post >

Our Latest Project

If you have braved the recent cold and strolled the Gardens at Fearrington in the past weeks, you may have noticed some exciting changes taking place around The Garden Terrace! Because they adjoin one of our most favored event sites, the gardens surrounding the Terrace have been getting a fresh update from Fearrington gardener and arborist Ryan Cadwalader. Continuing our efforts to expand the use of native plants throughout our gardens, older, non-native shrubs, perennials, and ground covers... Full Post >

Behind Our Gardens

The Gardens are Fearrington are meticulously managed year-round to provide habitats for our feathery friends, a scenic background for our beautiful garden weddings, and for all who enjoy a stroll throughout the village. Our Gardening Team has been working hard over the past 12-15 months to incorporate as many native species as possible for our local wildlife - including our own birds and bees. Here a few of the different plant species we're working with throughout the Village Center and... Full Post >

Looking Ahead to Spring

Spring is feeling closer with the daily arrival of each new order of seeds! This week Fearrington gardener Donna Mears - who oversees the planning and planting of several cutting gardens used by Principal Floral Designer, Mary Stevens, and her team - began one of her favorite tasks: assembling the many varieties of cut-flower seeds which she will soon be sowing in our glasshouse. While many of these will be the tried-and-true flowers Mary loves and relies on, florists and gardeners would not... Full Post >

Holiday Greenery

While there may not be any snow - or even freezing temperatures - this holiday season, the gardens at Fearrington are lush with beautiful greenery and berried branches to inspire our Garden Team. We've been growing and cutting many of our favorites for years, and thought we would share some of the best with you to add to your own cutting gardens. Here in the Carolina Piedmont, we are fortunate to be able to grow many broadleaf evergreens, and there is nothing more iconic than bunches of... Full Post >

Edible Adornments

It's hardly a secret that we're passionate about preserving and expanding our bird habitats here in the gardens at Fearrington. Within the past few years we have added greatly to our collection of native plants to sustain our feathered residents, created wildflower meadows and even won coveted certification as a Bird Friendly Habitat from the New Hope Audubon Society! So it's no surprise that the gardeners' favorite holiday project is creating edible decorations for our bird tree in the Village... Full Post >