Contributor Profile

Our Gardeners, 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.

Garden Inspirations from Virginia

This weeks rainy weather didn't stop the Fearrington Gardeners (and Mr. Greg Fitch!) from enjoying a two-day road trip to visit to several garden attractions in neighboring Virginia! First stop for us was the stately James River plantation home, Westover, where we admired ancient boxwood plantings, and lovely vistas of the river, while taking a pause underneath the wisteria arbor. Full Post >

Yellow Bells of Spring

Tucked under the Deodar cedars by Inn Reception, the soft, yellow bells of the graceful Chinese Winterhazel (Corylopsis chinensis). Full Post >

A Breath of Beauty

Defying last week's cold, the sparkling white blooms of Baby's Breath Spirea (Spirea thunbergii) in front of The Fearrington Barn. Full Post >

Lesser Known Spring Blooming Shrubs

Most of us are familiar with the blooms of cherries and magnolias, but a walk through the gardens at this time of year leads to the discovery of lesser-known spring-blooming shrubs. Here, Wintergreen Barberry (Berberis julianae), with oh-so-fragrant yellow flowers covering it's prickly branches. Featured above, this shrub is found along the walkway to The Fearrington House Restaurant.   Full Post >

Shade Garden by the Spa Entrance

One of the sweetest smaller garden beds at Fearrington these days as each new day brings new flower and foliage is the one in front of the Spa entrance. What's behind Deb Henderson's complementary design inspiration? "The crape myrtles overhead are lavender so I use colors that complement them,like pinks, violet and blues. The trees make it very shady so I use foliage plants that add texture: hostas, ferns and hellebores. Bulbs of different varieties add color in the spring. In the summer... Full Post >

Magnolia “Elizabeth”

One of our favorite color combos: Carolina blue and the soft yellow of Magnolia "Elizabeth." Full Post >

Species Tulips

Sunny days and warming temperatures have brought forth the first of many tulips here in our gardens. Always early, and repeating year after year, are the so-called "species tulips," many of these varieties date back to antiquity. With their short stems and cheerful colors, these tulips are hardy and welcome in early spring. Among the first:  "Little Beauty" starring in the beds alongside Roost. Full Post >

New Season, New Seeds

Our glasshouse is beginning to look a lot like Spring! New seed starts. Full Post >

Virginia Bluebells

So happy to see the purple, cabbage-like foliage of the emerging Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) popping up here and there throughout the Village! These, shown, are in Jenny's Garden, and more can be seen in front of The Fearrington House Restaurant. Now we KNOW spring is here! Full Post >

Gardener Selfie

The Fearrington gardeners were excited to go on their first spring plant-buying trip to our favorite source, the Big Bloomers Plant Farm in Sanford! We returned with lots of new lovelies -- rosemaries, columbines, scented geraniums and more! Can't wait to try them out in the gardens this spring! We'll keep you posted on which ones become our new favorites... Full Post >