In Our Gardens

Fearrington’s award-winning gardens meld the informal qualities of Fearrington’s farm heritage with the romantic landscape details Jenny and R.B. Fitch enjoyed during their travels through the European countryside.

The Berries of Autumn

Long after foliage and flowers have succumbed to the cold, winter-berrying plants fill our gardens with excitement and beauty. The mild, temperate climate of the Carolina Piedmont provides ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of trees and shrubs bearing winter fruit -- many of them native! Here at Fearrington, the gardeners have incorporated numerous types of winter-berrying plants into beds throughout the Village. We love them for their individual beauty and design possibilites, as... Full Post >

All Things Native

With flower beds all tidied and plenty of rain on hand, the Fearrington Gardeners recently took a field trip up the road to visit our friends at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. A morning spent oohing and aahing over the lush plantings there - exemplified by this spectacular pitcher plant display - has only piqued our interest in the diversity and beauty of native North Carolina wildflowers. This is the perfect time of year to visit the NCBG! Check out their Facebook page for... Full Post >

Pretty in Pink!

These beautiful flowers have caught the attention of many Fearrington guests, including some friendly butterflies! These tall Zinnias were boasting their bright pink petals this week. The darker pink shades are called Tudor Rose, Violet Queen and Purple Dahlia. The light pink shaded flowers are called Miss Willmott. What sweet names for such pretty flowers! Take a stroll through Jenny's garden to see these photogenic blooms! Full Post >

Late Summer Fireworks

One of our favorite things about late summer in the Gardens here at Fearrington is to see the endlessly fascinating combinations of leaf and flower emerge. Colors intensify in the August light, and all the various forms  of plants begin to weave together magically! A few combinations that have really caught our eye are Coreopsis 'Moonbeam', Canna 'Bengal Tiger' and 'Color Guard' Yucca at the entrance to The Fearrington Granary, Full Post >

A Lily Standing Tall!

Fearrington's gardens are filled with vibrant colors, leaf textures and plants of all shapes and sizes! Tucked away in one of our Inn courtyards, there is a pink lily that stands above the rest -- at over five feet tall! This lilium speciosum rubrum was planted nearly five years and and hit its stride this year, sprouting up to peek above the courtyard fence. Keep an eye out for the pink blooms across from the Fitch Creations Administration Building. Full Post >

Sit a Spell

As excited as we are to see visitors at Fearrington out strolling the gardens, we also truly love to have them enjoy the peaceful beauty of Fearrington by just sitting and relaxing in a garden! With that in mind, we have created several new areas in the Village for our guests to unwind. Nearly everyone is familiar with the iconic white Adirondacks in front of The Fearrington House, but now there are two spots in the nearby shade of the Garden Terrace to discover! Other locations include just... Full Post >

This is Where the Magic Starts!

Anyone who has attended a Fearrington wedding, stayed overnight at the Inn, or dined at The Fearrington House has undoubtedly been wowed by the floral artistry of Mary Stevens and her talented team. While having the ability to choose from among the best in bloom the world has to offer each week, the Fearrington designers have another asset -- special beds of cutting plants created just for them by Gardener Donna Mears! With one located behind the Flower Shop, and another behind Roost, the... Full Post >

Rainy Days?

Starting in late June, and continuing all through the summer, the various species of Rain Lilies have begun their show in the Gardens at Fearrington. Whether Zephyranthes, Habranthes, or Cooperii, the rain lilies are all bulbous plants and part of the Amaryllis family. Tough, drought tolerant, and deer-proof, these beauties come in colors ranging from white to yellow, to brightest pink -- such as this clump located across from McIntyre's Books front entrance. The Gardeners have been adding... 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 >

Fearrington Gardeners Field Trip

Recently, the Fearrington Gardeners (accompanied by Mr. Greg Fitch) were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of NC's own Zoo in Asheboro. We were awed by the fine work done by Zoo horticulturists, who are responsible for research, propagation, and display of a vast collection of native and exotic plants! One of the highlights: a visit to the Zoo's amazing compost pile. Fellow gardeners will understand our excitement in learning the workings of Zoo composting!! Full Post >