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.

Return of the Whirligigs

We are very fortunate to have four very large whirligigs made by the late, great folk artist Vollis Simpson of Lucama, NC. Vollis was always very concerned to know that we were taking good care of his whirligigs, making especially certain that they were properly greased.  Vollis passed away this summer at the age of 94, but his artwork will live on for many years in his honor thanks to the great care of fellow folk artist Riley Foster. Riley is a metal worker extraordinaire who has spent... Full Post >

Citrus Near You

A row of Hardy Orange (Poncirus Trifoliata) can be found right across from The Fearrington House Inn reception and is particularly beautiful this time of year. Their twisting branches and orange fruit serve up images from a fairy tale, but beware of the "flying dragon" thorns -- these curved thorns are quite sharp and cover the branches. Beautiful to see and not to touch, these plants bloom with abundant sunlight and are a good filler plant with their non-temperamental nature. We underplant... Full Post >

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkinfest!

Lumineers, Jarrehdales, Fairytales and Sugar Pies -- the Fearrington Gardeners were at the Raleigh Farmers Market last week in search of the perfect pumpkins for this year's Pumpkinfest! We've found some beauties and can't wait to get started decorating! Full Post >

Mums the Word

Taller, softer, and more graceful than the pampered mums sold everywhere at this time of year, perennial mums like "Sheffield Pink," seen here in front of Fearrington's home and accessories shop, Dovecote, reliably return to mingle beautifully with fall asters and salvias. Full Post >

A Fall Show from Our Gardens

It may be cloudy and drizzly outside, but with dozens of different camellias in bloom, the gardens at Fearrington are exploding with color! Fragrant fall-blooming sasanquas -- like "Sparkling Burgundy" shown here -- are approaching peak bloom time. Don't miss the show! Full Post >

Mama Fitch Asters

Fall brings new colors throughout Fearrington Village, whether its the warm hued leaves or fresh pops of purple! In several gardens at Fearrington, including The Fearrington Granary's patio, you'll find Aster Tartaricus; these tall flowering plants are an old Fitch family favorite. They bloom late summer into early fall and are not temperamental in the season's changing conditions. They provide a lovely color, back of the border structure and work great as cut flowers for fall gatherings! Full Post >

Fall Colors

Look at this stunning composition between the Goat deli and the Bank at Fearrington - a tight space smaller than a Cooper Mini but layered with hydrangea, lirope, coleus and various groundcovers. The rose and burgundy colors welcome the season in, and the foliage contrasts are a real show stopper. Full Post >

Spicing up the Refreshments

This fiery concoction was created by The Fearrington Granary's own resident mixologist, Talita Mauro. While experimenting with hot peppers from one the Village's gardens, she crafted this perfectly balanced cocktail featuring tequila, Cointreau, mango and orange juice. This creativity is the driving force behind our popular Daily Cocktail Features (ask your server next time you dine at The Fearrington Granary for dinner), which have included the Jalapeno Margarita, the Cantalope Cooler, and... Full Post >

Self Seeding Annuals

If you walk behind the Inn Building you’ll notice a large flowering plant the size of a shrub – an African foxglove - that may seem a bit ‘out of place’ with the formal gardens around it. We've kept African foxgloves (Ceratotheca triloba) in cultivation ever since finding them growing in the gravel behind our beer garden Roost (they probably escaped from a container). They are native to South Africa but are not related to foxgloves (Digitalis spp.) Here they behave as self-sowing... Full Post >

World’s Largest Flower Auction = Holland

I may have mentioned that I love my job. Case in point... one day Mr. R.B. Fitch says to me "Have you ever been to Holland?" Nope, I hadn't. "Well, lets think about that." Ok! And so it was planned! I was supposed to go last fall, but not-so-Superstorm Sandy put an end to that. All's well that ends well, though! With help from Fearrington's General Manager Theresa, the trip was re-scheduled and I was able to spend five days in Holland at the beginning of July. The weather was perfect... Full Post >