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Our Gardening Team maintains our gardens year-round to decorate the romantic setting with shrubs, trees, bulbs, annuals and perennials - creating Fearrington's award-winning natural landscape. Stroll through the gardens and read below for tips from our gardeners, new gardening projects and more.

Butterflies at Fearrington

Fearrington is enjoying it's best butterfly season in memory. Guests are sure to see beautiful yellow butterflies almost anywhere while strolling the grounds. There are dozens in the plants behind Roost, the cutting gardens, and even in Jenny’s Garden, and in front of the Granary. The most common butterfly is the Eastern Swallowtail, the beautiful yellow flier that has been everywhere all summer. If you look closely you can see lots of yellow and a few black forms – all males are... Full Post >

Fall Garden Preview

Fall is just around the corner and our chefs are busy preparing the Fearrington gardens for a plentiful harvest. We chatted with Junior Sous Chef Zac to find out what's being planted this season! What is the vegetable you’re most excited about growing this fall? We are really looking forward to growing some uncommon fall and winter squashes. People are very familiar with butternut and acorn squash, and they may have even heard of spaghetti and delicata squash, but there are so many more... Full Post >

Reflecting on our Summer Gardens

The Fearrington Gardens have had a busy summer producing vegetables like eggplant, cucumber and so much more for our dishes at The Fearrington House. We sat down with Junior Sous Chef Zac to find out how the gardens performed this season, and what's being planted next! As a whole how did you feel about the first major season incorporating the garden and The Fearrington House menu? When we planned the summer menu we focused our efforts on tomatoes, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers and we were... Full Post >

Meet Our Bees

Have you heard the buzz? Of our bees, that is! Fearrington is now home to four bee hives, which produce the honey for The Fearrington House menu and for our Fearrington House-to-Home take-home honey. We talked with Junior Sous Chef Zac to see what's new with our flying friends. Where are they from? Our bees are from local hives in North Carolina. It is best to use bees from the area you live in because they are acclimated to the weather - in our case the heat - and are less likely to be... Full Post >

Planning For Fall

Our chefs are busy in the gardens harvesting the last of the summer produce and prepping the ground for the bounty of fall! Tomatoes, eggplant, summer beans and squash (and more!) have had an excellent growing season and will be rotated out with fall produce in several weeks. In the meantime, the gardens will be weeded, and fertilized to make sure they're ready! Make sure to sample the flavors of summer at The Fearrington House Restaurant before we welcome fall! Full Post >

Fearrington’s Growing Season

With summer in full swing, our gardens are full of vegetables, herbs and produce ready to use in the dishes at The Fearrington House Restaurant! We talked with Junior Sous Chef Zac about what's next for our gardens. How long is the growing season for the vegetables growing in the gardens? There is a long answer to this question, but the short answer is North Carolina is a great location to grow summer vegetables. We have the hot sunny days with ample rains with gives summer plants amazing... Full Post >

What’s Growing in Our Gardens?

Did you know we're growing many different vegetables and herbs at Fearrington? The gardens allow our chefs to grow unique and interesting foods to enhance Fearrington's menu, in addition to the invaluable relationships with local farmers at The Fearrington Farmers Market and across the state, such as Heritage Farms, which help sustain Fearrington's farm-to-fork mission.  There are nearly 40 different vegetables being grown for the menu at The Fearrington House Restaurant, including... Full Post >

Unwind in Jenny’s Garden

One of Fearrington's most iconic and beautiful garden's is Jenny's Garden. Named for Jenny Fitch, this peacful garden behind The Fearrington House Inn is a favorite for guests and visitors alike. The white arbor benches in the corners of Jenny's Garden have picture perfect views of the blooming flowers in the center of the garden. Relax and enjoy the views of the Inn, the Pecan Trees and the surrounding gardens that surround Fearrington. Keep an eye out for the beginning set-up for an... Full Post >

Meet Junior Sous Chef Zac

Zac joined The Fearrington House Restaurant team in 2014 and was promoted to Junior Sous Chef in 2015. Previously, Chef Zac had worked at restaurants and sustainable farms in Virginia and North Carolina. At Fearrington he's using those skills to improve the plantings in the restaurant gardens, as well as creating housemade ingredients in our kitchens. Read more about his experiences below! What was your first farm experience? My mother's parents lived in the mountains of Virginia up a long... Full Post >

Refresh in the Cutting Garden

Did you know many of our floral arrangements throughout the Village (and sometimes at our special events) are made using flowers grown in our own gardens? One of the best spots to see these blossoms is in the cutting garden. Tucked away from the Village Center, the bench in the cutting garden is the perfect place to rest and relax in the shade. Take in the quiet blooms and watch the bees and butterflies keep our gardens looking beautiful. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a... Full Post >