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.

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 >

A Breath of Beauty

Defying last week's cold, the sparkling white blooms of Baby's Breath Spirea (Spirea thunbergii) in front of The Fearrington Barn. Full Post >

Lesser Known Spring Blooming Shrubs

Most of us are familiar with the blooms of cherries and magnolias, but a walk through the gardens at this time of year leads to the discovery of lesser-known spring-blooming shrubs. Here, Wintergreen Barberry (Berberis julianae), with oh-so-fragrant yellow flowers covering it's prickly branches. Featured above, this shrub is found along the walkway to The Fearrington House Restaurant.   Full Post >

Shade Garden by the Spa Entrance

One of the sweetest smaller garden beds at Fearrington these days as each new day brings new flower and foliage is the one in front of the Spa entrance. What's behind Deb Henderson's complementary design inspiration? "The crape myrtles overhead are lavender so I use colors that complement them,like pinks, violet and blues. The trees make it very shady so I use foliage plants that add texture: hostas, ferns and hellebores. Bulbs of different varieties add color in the spring. In the summer... Full Post >

Magnolia “Elizabeth”

One of our favorite color combos: Carolina blue and the soft yellow of Magnolia "Elizabeth." Full Post >

Species Tulips

Sunny days and warming temperatures have brought forth the first of many tulips here in our gardens. Always early, and repeating year after year, are the so-called "species tulips," many of these varieties date back to antiquity. With their short stems and cheerful colors, these tulips are hardy and welcome in early spring. Among the first:  "Little Beauty" starring in the beds alongside Roost. Full Post >