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.

Mama Fitch Asters

Fall brings new colors throughout Fearrington Village, whether its the warm hued leaves or fresh pops of purple! In several gardens at Fearrington, including The Fearrington Granary's patio, you'll find Aster Tartaricus; these tall flowering plants are an old Fitch family favorite. They bloom late summer into early fall and are not temperamental in the season's changing conditions. They provide a lovely color, back of the border structure and work great as cut flowers for fall gatherings! Full Post >

Fall Colors

Look at this stunning composition between the Goat deli and the Bank at Fearrington - a tight space smaller than a Cooper Mini but layered with hydrangea, lirope, coleus and various groundcovers. The rose and burgundy colors welcome the season in, and the foliage contrasts are a real show stopper. Full Post >

Self Seeding Annuals

If you walk behind the Inn Building you’ll notice a large flowering plant the size of a shrub – an African foxglove - that may seem a bit ‘out of place’ with the formal gardens around it. We've kept African foxgloves (Ceratotheca triloba) in cultivation ever since finding them growing in the gravel behind our beer garden Roost (they probably escaped from a container). They are native to South Africa but are not related to foxgloves (Digitalis spp.) Here they behave as self-sowing... Full Post >

Naked Ladies Return to Fearrington

That's what they're called! Naked Ladies, Surprise Lilies, Magic Lilies -- whichever common name you know them by, late summer is graced by the flowering of Lycoris species. Here in Fearrington's gardens, we are enjoying right now the pink Lycoris squamigera among the hellebores by the Fearrington House walkway, the striking gold flowers of Lycoris aurea by the Inn courtyard, and various forms of L. radiata throughout our beds-- don't miss the show! Full Post >

Pineapple Lillies

Ample summer rains and the return of sunshine has brought out a spectacular display of pineapple lilies (Eucomis sp.) to Fearrington's gardens this year! With their Dr. Seuss-like flowers and striking leaf rosettes, pineapple lilies are always attention-getters, and favorites with garden designers. These South African bulbs are very well adapted to our growing conditions, tolerant of sun or part shade, critter-resistant, and long blooming. We've tried to incorporate as many varieties as... Full Post >

Cutting Gardens

Our new perennial cutting garden beds are in full bloom! Built this past January, the beds are full of favorites that will produce until first frost. Upkeep on the beds with fresh topsoil 10 inches deep has been minimal, few weeds lush growth, and no need for watering. Mary and the florist gals harvest in here regularly. Flowers and leaves are used around the village in various arrangements, wedding and party decorations, and bride and groom bouquet and boutonnieres. Come visit! Full Post >

Tangerine Dreams & Hot Lemons

We have been busy planning -- and planting -- for summer beauty. Seeds were started in our glass greenhouse a couple of weeks ago, and are checked on daily for signs of growth. New cultivars we're particularly excited about include ornamental peppers "Tangerine Dream" and "Hot Lemon." Watch for their debut in the gardens surrounding The Fearrington Granary very soon!   Full Post >

Daffodils in Bloom!

Jenny's Garden is in full fragrant bloom already!  Our established plantings of fragrant white 'Thalia' daffodils were joined last year by the 1800 heirloom miniature Narcissus 'Canaliculatus' and, in honor of Jenny Fitch, the cyclamineus type 'Jenny.'  Come to smell the flowers! Full Post >

Evergreen Clematis

Blooming as early as February some years, the delicate-looking, but tough evergreen vine Clematis armandii has become one of our early spring favorites here in the gardens at Fearrington. Fat buds open over a succession of days in even the coldest weather, turning from palest pink to ivory white. Once open, the flowers release their heavenly vanilla scent to surprise and delight passers-by. While still a lovely dark green and well behaved vine when not in bloom, they are in full... Full Post >

Planning for Summer

While the past few weeks may have still been blustery and cold outside, within the cozy confines of our glass greenhouse the gardeners at Fearrington have been busy planning--and planting!--for warmer weather. Flats of seeds have been prepared and are being eagerly checked on daily for signs of growth. New cultivars that we are particularly excited about include ornamental peppers "Tangerine Dream" and "Hot Lemon", which our gardener Donna will add to the gardens surrounding the Granary, and... Full Post >