Menu

New Year, New Garden?

Actually, to a gardener in the South, that’s a bit of a fantasy. With so many sunny and pleasant winter days outside, the garden never really does get “put to rest.” Tools don’t quite make it to storage in the tool shed well-oiled and cleaned, and the gardener herself only has a few indoor days by the fire to contemplate next year’s seed catalogs.

For the many of us who would gladly exchange a long winter nap for the chance to smell flowers and feel warm sunshine on our backs in January, the gardening season that never ends is just fine!

That doesn’t mean, however, that resolutions for a new year in the garden are not made at this time. The list might include a few items that reappear every year, but something about rolling the calendar over inspires us to make some changes in how, when, or why we do what we do in the garden.

First on our list for 2017: add more plants to feed a variety of birds, giving especial thought to native plants. From past experience we know that every one of these will add years of pleasure to our gardens and lives.

Second resolution: keep up the search for new tools or ways of working that can save on garden labor and time in an ecologically responsible manner. The newest generation of battery-operated tools, updated irrigation or making drainage improvements can all make garden time less laborious and are worth checking out.

Third, but hardly final, resolution: set aside a little time every day to really look at our gardens, photograph them and take notes — this time often gets lost in the rush to complete chores, but pays big dividends in how our gardens stay fresh and enjoyable.

Happy New Year and Happy Gardening!

– Julian, Fearrington Gardener

New Wedding Decor Trends

From florals to flatware and everything in between, there are so many different wedding decor trends to keep in mind when planning your big day. As engagement season and a new year arrives, see what trend Fearrington Wedding Planner, Gilda, is keeping an eye on. If cuisine is one of the more important details in a wedding, the place it is served and displayed must be essential. In 2017, keep an eye out for a rise of truly special, handmade tabletops. "Especially in destinations such as NC... Full Post >

Healthier Skin in 2017

Your skin is your largest organ of your body. Biologically, our skin is our first line of defense. And, like every part of our bodies, skin responds to care and attention. Proper treatment can revitalize skin and slow the aging process, keeping skin healthier, longer. Our skin works so well that it’s easy to take skin for granted. But the difference between neglected and pampered skin is incredible — once you experience the joy of supple, breathable skin, you’ll be hooked. Your whole... Full Post >

Fearrington’s On-Site Meeting Planners

From pristine meeting spaces, to innovative team building activities, to overnight accommodations, Fearrington offers a luxurious getaway for corporate retreats and meetings. Fearrington also offers a dedicated on-site meeting planner, who will act as a point of contact before, during and after the event. Our full-time meeting planners, Emma Brett and Juan Cure, are more than knowledgeable about all things Fearrington and can help to answer any questions, offer suggestions, provide solutions... Full Post >

A Sweet Corporate Special

What better way to start your fiscal year that with a corporate retreat? Organize a team building experience, renew company missions and goals, and more – all in the tranquil setting of Fearrington Village and just minutes from Research Triangle Park. Our Corporate Meetings & Events team is excited to share a special offer for February 2017. Book an overnight corporate retreat with 10 or more rooms and receive one room free! This offer is only available for bookings Sunday to... Full Post >

New Year, New Trends

At Dovecote, we love a good trend - and what better time than a brand new year to try something new with your wardrobe as well? As long as it's flattering and feels true to your personality, we say embrace it! Do you live for comfort? Sneakers are still trending into 2017, as well as wide leg pants. Cinched waists are also in; we love a belt or a "garbage bag waisted" pant with a slim fitting top. When comfort meets style, everyone wins! Shoulders are still big, with cutouts, slits,... Full Post >