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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.

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 >

Gift Your Gardener!

Not sure what to get the garden lover in your life? Having been the recipients of many thoughtful, generous, but not-so-useful gifts from family and friends who are not of the gardening persuasion, the Fearrington garden team devoted a rainy morning to compiling a list we hope will be helpful as the holidays approach. These are the things which would truly make us smile (were we to be gifted with one)! At the top of our list, unsurprisingly, were a number of tools we have all coveted. 1.... Full Post >

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 >