A Rare Quiet Saturday

About once a year, on a random day, it happens…we get a quiet Saturday afternoon. Very strange!  Well, a few weeks ago was the 2014 date for such a thing, and I got spend a really nice hour with the “Flower Shop Girls” (as we affectionately call them) looking at a large selection of Krystal Kast’s fabulous wedding photos.  It was such fun!

While looking at Krystal’s work is always a pleasure, the most enjoyable part of the afternoon for me was listening to the girls as they looked with delight at every photo. They carefully studied every single detail!  Since the Flower Girls always finish their magic as the guests arrive, they miss the fun of seeing what happens when the celebration starts.

Krystal’s beautiful photographs of all of the special details (like our gorgeous flowers!) as well as the “big pictures” (literally!) of the event really capture every moment of a wedding, so looking at the photos is like being there in person for the first time.  Watching the Flower Girls have the chance to see what a great contribution their work makes to the glory of the day was a treat.  Hearing their joyful commentary on how beautiful the weddings turned out brought back all of the fun for me, too.

Seeing how much joy those photos brought to our flower team, I can only imagine what a special day it is when those photos arrive for newlyweds and their families to look at for the first time. And every time they look through the photos hold so many memories in the years to come…what a gift!

Preserved Lemons

Today we are preserving lemons for the year. The process is simple, but the results are always astounding, especially when added to elevate a dish or garnish to give it a little more pep. We take the lemons and trim off both ends (this helps them to stand up and stack better for large numbers), then we take our knife three quarters of the way down from the top to open them up. We place them in a dish standing up and liberally add salt followed by a good salad oil to cover. They are then left... Full Post >

A Seamless Presentation

There is nothing more gratifying then having a successful dinner service, especially after facing multiple last minute "fires" that need to be put out right before, or even during service. Whether it is a product issue or a guest concern, they always seem to pop up right during crunch time. For example, a last minute vegan guest arrives and we then need to quickly create a three to four course specialty menu. Stressful at the time, but when the team rallies together and pulls it off, it is... 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 >

A Barn Built for Everyone!

If you have never been in or seen The Fearrington Barn -- Now. Is. The. Time!  The Barn, which can seat up to 300 people, is not only the largest venue on our property, but also the most diverse.  From elaborate weddings to large author events and team building activities, The Barn can host just about anyone and anything! When planning a meeting for a group of 40 or more people, The Barn is most likely the best space for your group.  With a permanent stage, large drop-down screen for any... Full Post >

Magnolia “Elizabeth”

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