Traditional White with Touches of Green

This past weekend we hosted a very sweet intimate wedding dinner at The Fearrington Granary in Galloway’s private dining room. Jennifer and Tom celebrated their special day with 25 of their closest friends and family. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Gallery area. Cocktail hour was followed by a splendid three course dinner in Galloway’s.

The room looked beautiful with traditional white and green arrangements with fun touches of ferns from our gardens. A beautiful evening for a wonderful couple! We wish you only the best!

Next Up Chris Pavone

As I was chatting with Zach Wagman, the editor for both of Chris Pavone's books The Expats and The Accident, over an event dinner we got on the topic of Chris Pavone and he wanted to know which I liked better. He leaned towards The Expats while I preferred The Accident. While I enjoyed The Expats I found the story a bit convoluted with a couple of holes that left me with questions which were cleared up in The Accident. Now I want to re-read... Full Post >

The Best Book Bets for Dad!

Looking for a surefire gift that Dad will love? Drop by McIntyre's Books and pick up one of these must-reads for Dad! He will surely chuckle, read and thank you for it later. Listed in no particular order... How to Traumatize Your Children: 7 Proven Methods to Help You Screw Up your Kids Deliberately and with Skill Ahhh, thanks Dad for the memories... King for the Day Crown Dad is more than king for a day, but unlike a book-- he can wear this sucker... Full Post >

The “Other” Hydrangea

One of our favorite plants here in the Gardens at Fearrington is the beautiful Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia). Unlike it's better-known cousins, the mopheads and lacecaps, this large, somewhat coarse textured shrub sets it's blooms on new growth, and thus avoided the damage wrought by last winter's Polar Vortex. True four season interest plants, Oakleaf Hydrangeas have lovely exfoliating bark, large, rough leaves, which turn a fabulous russet before dropping in the fall, and creamy... Full Post >

Flower Picking

I absolutely love this time of year in the Village!  All our gardens are so beautiful, filled with pretty blooms and happy colors! Whilst walking the gardens with a potential bride this morning, I bumped into our floral designer picking flowers from the gardens for the village and events this weekend. She had a sweet little picking basket filled with hellebore, solomon seal, mint and columbine. Just gorgeous! Our gardens are colorful year-round, but this time of year the gardens are... Full Post >

Paul Sussman Trilogy

The suspense is finally over! You've been waiting for a recommendation and here is it: The first is an author, Paul Sussman, and ALL his books but especially his trilogy, The Lost Army of Cambyses, The Last Secret of the Temple, and The Labyrinth of Osiris, featuring Yusuf Khalifa, a detective in Luxor, Egypt. Each book begins with some historical event deep in Egypt's past that the sands of time cover up until now. As an amateur Egyptologist as well as a detective it's up... Full Post >