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.

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 >

Hello Hollyhocks!

Jenny Fitch introduced hollyhocks to Fearrington many years ago, and they have reseeded themselves in nooks offering ideal growing conditions. Like by this street sign near the cutting garden! Full Post >

Our Knot Garden

Whether you've admired The Fearrington House knot garden up close or from afar, you've never seen it like this!   Full Post >

A Meadow of Wild Flowers

Walkers in Camden Park yesterday morning may have seen the Fearrington Gardeners out planting our latest garden -- a meadow of flowers and ornamental grasses which will provide nectar for pollinators as well as beauty for viewers! Full Post >

One Happy Rhododendron

The rhododendron on the west side of The Fearrington House -- looking about as pretty as we've ever seen it. Loves these cooler temperatures lately! Full Post >

Garden Travels

After a second stop at Brent and Becky's -- one of our favorite bulb suppliers -- we headed  last Tuesday morning, umbrellas in hand, to Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Acres of stunning plantings kept us mesmerized and inspired us with new ideas for our own gardens at Fearrington! Full Post >

Garden Inspirations from Virginia

This weeks rainy weather didn't stop the Fearrington Gardeners (and Mr. Greg Fitch!) from enjoying a two-day road trip to visit to several garden attractions in neighboring Virginia! First stop for us was the stately James River plantation home, Westover, where we admired ancient boxwood plantings, and lovely vistas of the river, while taking a pause underneath the wisteria arbor. Full Post >

Yellow Bells of Spring

Tucked under the Deodar cedars by Inn Reception, the soft, yellow bells of the graceful Chinese Winterhazel (Corylopsis chinensis). Full Post >