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.

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 >

Tree Decorating for the Birds

Wreaths are being hung, doors and windows swagged, trees lit and decorated, and the Fearrington gardeners have arrived at our favorite part of the Holiday Season: decorating the large tree in the center of the Village for the birds! Festooned from top to bottom with our handmade, edible ornaments, it is not only lovely to look at, but will provide our wild creatures with fruit, nuts, and nutrition during the next few cold weeks. This year, we'll be hanging peanut wreaths, raisin "icicles,"... Full Post >

Native and Local!

Back in September, when the weather was milder and garden tasks somewhat less pressing, the Fearrington gardeners, accompanied by Mr. Greg Fitch, took a morning to visit our friends and neighbors at Cure Nursery in Pittsboro. Longtime growers and wholesale plant sellers Bill and Jen Cure have recently begun to offer their lovingly grown and carefully cultivated native plants to the retail public. With the launch of our hugely popular Wildflower Meadow in Camden Park, along with our renewed... Full Post >

Fearrington Decorates

Sunny weather and blue skies still feel like the holidays as Fearrington begins to decorate for the season. Over the next few days, the Fearrington garden staff and florists will set up, light and decorate more than a dozen trees throughout the Village Center. One of the first (and largest!) to go up is the Center Island tree, which will be covered with our handmade decorations to feed the birds. Specially decorated trees will be placed throughout the Village shops and restaurants, along... Full Post >

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 >