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Grow Your Best Tomato Crop Ever

If you garden, you’re undoubtedly excited that our average frost date has passed – timed with taxes, why is that? – and you can safely start installing those summer crop seedlings in your backyard garden.

Like many Americans, you’ll probably be growing at least several types of tomatoes, because after all nothing packs as much flavor as eating a ripened tomato off the vine, can be served in so many different ways and is hefty enough to be the mainstay of a meal.

How to have better yields and fewer diseases and pests than ever before? How to choose from among the dozens of varieties out there? What are the most effective growing techniques? How to prune?

A great resource is Craig LeHoullier, a national tomato expert who happens to live right here in the Triangle (and gardeners know the importance of getting local advice on crops that have been trialed in our summer heat and humidity). He will be talking at McIntyre’s Books on Saturday, April 25th at 11am – and word has it, will be selling seedlings of some of his most productive tomato varieties.

Introducing Craig will be Brie Arthur, a horticultural expert also from the Triangle. Brie is a correspondent on PBS’ Growing a Greener World and grows dozens of tomatoes in her own landscape near Raleigh. Two experts on America’s favorite backyard crop – right here at Fearrington. Hope you can join!

Special Soaps

Visitors to The Fearrington House Inn and The Spa at Fearrington have become very familiar with Molton Brown, a luxurious bath product line from The United Kingdom. The line perfectly complements Fearrington’s atmosphere of British countryside in the American South. The rich scents make any shower or bath a lavish experience, and the bar soaps found in the Inn’s bathrooms are also for purchase at The Spa’s boutique, Haven. The exfoliating bar soap contains ground pecan shells that... Full Post >

Q&A with Linda Hackett

We were excited to catch up with Linda Hackett, for Global Girls, before her trunk show at Dovecote on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th. Here is what she told us about her collection! What has been your inspiration this season? Desi, the intricate latticework in the doors of Zanzibar where I went on my recent trip to Kenya. What is your favorite piece from your collection and why? My favorite style sandals from our new collection is Tie-Back because it's so fun, like an... Full Post >

Garden Walks

April and May are unbeatable for getting out and strolling gardens near and far to get inspired, informed or just a little exercise! With choices ranging from the UNC Botanical Garden, to JC Raulston Arboretum, Fearrington Gardens and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, our area is rich in ideas for you to take home and try in your own garden! Full Post >

Q&A with Robin Haley

We were excited to catch up with Robin Haley, designer for Robin Haley Jewelry, before her trunk show at Dovecote on Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th. Here is what she shared with us about her favorite pieces this season! What three words best describe your line? Classic, elegant and hand-made! What has been your inspiration this season? Shape has felt good this season. Geometric, clean and fresh shapes are feeling right to me now! What is your favorite piece from the... Full Post >

A Sprouting Spring Menu

Spring is all about freshness. The colors, the tastes, the ingredients -- they all seem brighter than other seasons. After the browns and oranges that rein in the Fall and carry over into the Winter, the Spring menu is one of the most exciting for us in the kitchen to plan. Some ingredients say Spring, like strawberries, morel mushrooms and ramps. Until local produce, like strawberries, hits peak season and makes its way into our kitchen, we incorporate ingredients from all over the United... Full Post >