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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.

Sit a Spell

As excited as we are to see visitors at Fearrington out strolling the gardens, we also truly love to have them enjoy the peaceful beauty of Fearrington by just sitting and relaxing in a garden! With that in mind, we have created several new areas in the Village for our guests to unwind. Nearly everyone is familiar with the iconic white Adirondacks in front of The Fearrington House, but now there are two spots in the nearby shade of the Garden Terrace to discover! Other locations include just... Full Post >

This is Where the Magic Starts!

Anyone who has attended a Fearrington wedding, stayed overnight at the Inn, or dined at The Fearrington House has undoubtedly been wowed by the floral artistry of Mary Stevens and her talented team. While having the ability to choose from among the best in bloom the world has to offer each week, the Fearrington designers have another asset -- special beds of cutting plants created just for them by Gardener Donna Mears! With one located behind the Flower Shop, and another behind Roost, the... Full Post >

Rainy Days?

Starting in late June, and continuing all through the summer, the various species of Rain Lilies have begun their show in the Gardens at Fearrington. Whether Zephyranthes, Habranthes, or Cooperii, the rain lilies are all bulbous plants and part of the Amaryllis family. Tough, drought tolerant, and deer-proof, these beauties come in colors ranging from white to yellow, to brightest pink -- such as this clump located across from McIntyre's Books front entrance. The Gardeners have been adding... Full Post >

The “Other” Hydrangea

One of our favorite plants here in the Gardens at Fearrington is the beautiful Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Unlike it's better-known cousins, the mopheads and lacecaps, this large, somewhat coarse textured shrub sets it's blooms on new growth, and thus avoided the damage wrought by last winter's Polar Vortex. True four season interest plants, Oakleaf Hydrangeas have lovely exfoliating bark, large, rough leaves, which turn a fabulous russet before dropping in the fall, and creamy... Full Post >

Fearrington Gardeners Field Trip

Recently, the Fearrington Gardeners (accompanied by Mr. Greg Fitch) were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of NC's own Zoo in Asheboro. We were awed by the fine work done by Zoo horticulturists, who are responsible for research, propagation, and display of a vast collection of native and exotic plants! One of the highlights: a visit to the Zoo's amazing compost pile. Fellow gardeners will understand our excitement in learning the workings of Zoo composting!! Full Post >

Hello Hollyhocks!

Jenny Fitch introduced hollyhocks to Fearrington many years ago, and they have reseeded themselves in nooks offering ideal growing conditions. Like by this street sign near the cutting garden! Full Post >

Our Knot Garden

Whether you've admired The Fearrington House knot garden up close or from afar, you've never seen it like this!   Full Post >

A Meadow of Wild Flowers

Walkers in Camden Park yesterday morning may have seen the Fearrington Gardeners out planting our latest garden -- a meadow of flowers and ornamental grasses which will provide nectar for pollinators as well as beauty for viewers! Full Post >

One Happy Rhododendron

The rhododendron on the west side of The Fearrington House -- looking about as pretty as we've ever seen it. Loves these cooler temperatures lately! Full Post >

Garden Travels

After a second stop at Brent and Becky's -- one of our favorite bulb suppliers -- we headed  last Tuesday morning, umbrellas in hand, to Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Acres of stunning plantings kept us mesmerized and inspired us with new ideas for our own gardens at Fearrington! Full Post >