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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.

Divine Intervention or Maker’s Mark?

We've had bridal couples consider it before, and I remember thinking it was a cute idea, but now I am a believer! I’m talking about Burying the Bourbon -- really. In our planning meeting, I realized that Libby was serious about burying a bottle of Bourbon at her wedding site 30 days before her and Will's big day. So, our gardener Donna cheerfully obliged. A month later, Will did the honors of digging up the buried treasure just before the ceremony, in the midst of a heatwave with... Full Post >

A Helpful Coworker: Star!

Have I mentioned that I love my job? I do. I really do! My day consist of meeting people who are in love, helping them plan a beautiful day and playing with flowers. I do all this in the most beautiful environment -- surrounded by gardens and talented coworkers. As always, thank you to the Fitch family for creating such a dream place. And the icing on the cake...Star, our fabulous shop kitty. We all love her so! She can usually be found lounging under her zinnias in our cutting garden.... Full Post >

Enjoy the Seasons with Fearrington

Summer is almost here in the South, and there is no better place to spend it than with us at The Fearrington House Inn. There are numerous gardens, flower beds, and fresh botanicals pleasing to the eye and soul scattered around the Inn. If you look through the arbors of Jenny’s Garden next to the Sun Room Patio (exclusive to Inn guests!), you can see crabapple trees lining an intimate wedding venue. Just behind that, you can spot a fenced-in herb garden, officially used by the chefs of The... Full Post >

Keeping a Mother’s Day Tradition Alive

Flowers and Mother's Day are almost a foregone conclusion, but keeping the tradition alive doesn't have to mean supermarket roses or dyed carnations. Local Farmer's Markets are exploding with floral beauty at this time of year, and putting together something as special as Mom is can be as simple as purchasing a few spectacular blooms, augmenting with fresh greenery from your own garden, and wrapping the stems with a bit of fabric ribbon to make the perfect tussie-mussie! Full Post >

Take a Taste of Fearrington Home

If you have visited any of our shops or stayed in our Inn, you may have noticed a little yellow book propped on the counter for sale or lying on a coffee table next to your room's plush sofa. That familiar yellow book is none other than The Fearrington House Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Flowers, and Herbs, written by R.B. Fitch's late wife Jenny Fitch and illustrated by Dovecote's merchandising manager Daneen Eaton. Arranged by season and celebration, this all-inclusive book offers... 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 >

A Fearrington Spring to Savor

It's early on a weekend morning in April and the sun has already warmed the spot on the terrace at The Fearrington House Restaurant, where you've chosen to enjoy the day's first cup of coffee. A gentle breeze stirs fragrance from the canopy of wisteria blooms surrounding you, and you settle back to listen to the birdsong lilting through the gardens and savor the beginnings of what you know will be a perfect day. As vibrant and beautiful as the gardens at Fearrington are throughout the... Full Post >

5 Quick Tips to Prep Your Garden

1. Clean and sharpen all your garden tools. Check that battery and gas powered items are ready to go, and that ample amounts of potting soil, fertilizers, etc have been purchased and set aside. 2. If you are growing annuals or vegetables from seed, mid-March is the time to begin sowing these indoors for planting out after last frost. 3. On days when you just can't stay inside, begin by raking and cleaning garden beds. Where bulb foliage is emerging, top-dress with a bit of slow-release... Full Post >

Ready Your Garden (and Yourself) for Spring!

Winter's not quite a distant memory yet, but each arriving songbird reminds us of the spring gardening work to be done. While it's hard to resist the temptation to get out and start digging and planting on the first warm weekend, there's still lots to do to in the weeks ahead when the ground is too soggy to work. First on our list here at Fearrington is a check to see that all of our tools and equipment are ready for the tasks ahead. After sharpening blades on sécateurs, cleaning forks and... Full Post >

How Did They Do It?

One of our favorite new projects this holiday season was making a multitude of handmade ornaments with which to decorate the tree for the birds standing at the center of the Village. This year's tree has gotten so much attention that we thought we would share the "how-to's" of creating its distinctive dried-orange swag with our readers! The first step consists of slicing and drying the oranges for 2-3 hours in a low (200-degree) oven. Once they are cooled, the slices can be threaded with... Full Post >