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.

It’s Spring Inside

The Fearrington gardeners were excited to attend this year's annual Nursery and Landscape Professionals Trade Show in Greensboro, where they could see the latest new plant introductions and exchange information with nursery growers from throughout the Southeast. We're eagerly anticipating warmer weather and the chance to try out some of the beautiful specimens we've discovered! Full Post >

Bark in the Winter Garden

Late winter is the perfect time to take a closer look at tree bark and the beauty it adds to the winter landscape. Here in the Gardens, we have a stunning variety of trees clothed in ornamental bark. These are a few of the stunning specimens to be found on a winter walk through the gardens. Bark variety left to right in image above: River Birch (Betula nigra) "Fantasy" Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia faurei) Japanese Black Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino') And Persian Ironwood... Full Post >

Winter Cheer

These trees in front of McIntyre's Books are Ilex verticillata, also known as winterberry. They - two females and a male pollinator  - where planted when the bookstore was "planted" 24 years ago, and they are about as tall as you'll find anywhere. The clouds of red berries persist well into winter and often are eaten, over the course of a single day, by migrating cedar wax wings. We'll see them the next 3-6 weeks or so. Full Post >

Trimming the Tree

Fearrington's ever ingenious gardeners used a brief period of downtime to transform the large Christmas tree in the heart of the Village Center. You'll now find it decorated with bright orange clementines wrapped in raffia, berry cuttings from nandinas and hollies wrapped in ribbon remnants, pine cones rolled in paint and glitter and more. Very clever - and biodegradable too! Full Post >

Dressing Flower Buckets for the Season

For winter, we fill our galvanized French flower buckets by the Fearrington House Inn entrance with cheerful small pansies and hardy ivies with very finely cut leaves. This year, we planted multi-hued Pandora’s Box pansies; they are just awash in pastel-toned blooms combining all the radiant shades of a tropical sunrise and are the showiest to come along in quite a while! And we accent with an occasional Penny Primrose Bicolor or Penny Orchid viola. Full Post >

Extending that Halloween Feeling

Our Halloween Gladiolus are blooming by The Fearrington Granary, just about a week too late for their namesake holiday! These quirky plants get their "Halloween" name for their orange color and wacky appearance (plantsman Tony Avent calls them "a tacky plant for a tacky holiday"). At Fearrington we have eleven stalks in the "hot" garden between The Granary and McIntyre's Books. These plants are great perennials add a unique element to any garden. If Pumpkinfest is your favorite event of the... Full Post >

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 >