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.

Extending that Halloween Feeling

Our Halloween Gladiolus are blooming by The Fearrington Granary, just about a week too late for their namesake holiday! These quirky plants get their "Halloween" name for their orange color and wacky appearance (plantsman Tony Avent calls them "a tacky plant for a tacky holiday"). At Fearrington we have eleven stalks in the "hot" garden between The Granary and McIntyre's Books. These plants are great perennials add a unique element to any garden. If Pumpkinfest is your favorite event of the... Full Post >

Citrus Near You

A row of Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata) can be found right across from The Fearrington House Inn reception and is particularly beautiful this time of year. Their twisting branches and orange fruit serve up images from a fairy tale, but beware of the "flying dragon" thorns -- these curved thorns are quite sharp and cover the branches. Beautiful to see and not to touch, these plants bloom with abundant sunlight and are a good filler plant with their non-temperamental nature. We underplant... Full Post >

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkinfest!

Lumineers, Jarrehdales, Fairytales and Sugar Pies -- the Fearrington Gardeners were at the Raleigh Farmers Market last week in search of the perfect pumpkins for this year's Pumpkinfest! We've found some beauties and can't wait to get started decorating! Full Post >

Mums the Word

Taller, softer, and more graceful than the pampered mums sold everywhere at this time of year, perennial mums like "Sheffield Pink," seen here in front of Fearrington's home and accessories shop, Dovecote, reliably return to mingle beautifully with fall asters and salvias. Full Post >

A Fall Show from Our Gardens

It may be cloudy and drizzly outside, but with dozens of different camellias in bloom, the gardens at Fearrington are exploding with color! Fragrant fall-blooming sasanquas -- like "Sparkling Burgundy" shown here -- are approaching peak bloom time. Don't miss the show! Full Post >

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 >