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. The Fitches were particularly inspired by the gardens they discovered at inns that were members of Relais & Chateaux, which The Fearrington House joined in 1988.
Fearrington’s gardens celebrate seasons, holidays, and special occasions and North Carolina’s rich horticultural traditions and plant diversity. The mild climate of the Piedmont region means our gardens are attractive and engaging throughout the year.
The grounds include about 60 garden beds, an herb garden used by the chefs at the Fearrington House Restaurant, several cutting beds used by our florists, and several greenhouses. A experienced year-round team of seven maintain the grounds, and they’re delighted to answer questions as you explore the gardens.
Fearrington Village is open to visitors seven days a week, year round. Visitors are welcome to stroll through our gardens; please note however that sites may be closed for private events especially on weekends.
Most garden designs here incorporate the layered look – a wide range of plant material including annuals, bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees. Gardens look natural but offer an ever-changing procession of foliage and flower displays through the seasons.
Gardeners also relentlessly experiment with plants in micro-climates – variations in sun, moisture, wind, etc. – to find the best matches, all while using organic methods.
The setting, surrounded by pastures and readapted farm buildings, feels relaxing and pastoral. Come visit!
4.11.13 Jenny's Garden is in full fragrant bloom already! Our established plantings of fragrant white 'Thalia' daffodils were joined last year by the 1800 heirloom miniature Narcissus 'Canaliculatus' and, in honor of Jenny Fitch, the cyclamineus type 'Jenny.' Come to smell the...
- Country Gardens, January 2013
Top Garden Award (from among 500 properties worldwide)
- Relais & Chateaux, 2012
Jenny Fitch crafted the Fearrington Village gardens with no master plan. And today, her creativity still inspires those who carry on her legacy. There is purity here - quiet and... More >
- Our State, May 2011
Julian Bland, Gardener
Julian grew up outside Chicago to parents who were both avid gardeners. She graduated from the University of Iowa, followed by graduate study in Japanese Art History at Princeton. After graduate school, Julian lived on Long Island, where she studied horticulture and garden design at Farmingdale University. She’s been a professional gardener for 15 years at Fearrington and her areas of responsibility include the gardens surrounding Fearrington House Restaurant and the Herb Garden.She loves to read, cook, visit farmers markets, and work year-round in her garden.
George Castro, Grounds Superintendent
Born in Costa Rica to a family of coffee growers, George attended the University of Costa Rica before moving to New Jersey in 1992 where he worked for an indoor plant nursery. In 1995, attracted by the prospect of outdoor year-round gardening, he and his family moved to Pittsboro, and soon thereafter he started working at Fearrington. Today, George manages the grounds crew, handling pruning, mowing, irrigation and so on for over 40 acres. In his spare time, he volunteers for the local youth soccer league and at home, he cultivates espaliered fruit trees.
Deb Henderson, Gardener
Spending time on her great-greatparents’ farm in Oklahoma as a child sparked a lifelong interest in gardening for Deb. She attended a community college and then working in the corporate world in St. Louis, before escaping to her true passion, gardening, working at several of Missouri’s largest wholesale nurseries. Deb moved here in 2003, and in 2005 she started working at Fearrington. She takes care of the eastern gardens in the Village Center, which include those surrounding the Park Building (larger Inn rooms and the Spa), Roost and The Goat. At home, Deb experiments with various ornamental plants in her high shade property while leaving the vegetable garden to her husband.
Donna Mears, Gardener
After growing up in eastern North Carolina, Donna pursued a major in late medieval history at UNC. After graduation, she worked as a preschool teacher and chef. A lifelong gardener, she joined Fearrington in a temporary and part-time position in 1991, which soon turned into a full time position and the rest is history! Donna earned a Certified Plant Professional certificate in 2012. She maintains the gardens around The Granary and McIntyre’s Books, the central lawn gardens and the cutting gardens for our florists. She especially enjoys tiny flowering plants, plants that smell good, and is an avid English soccer fan (“Go Toffees!”)
Wendy Moses, Gardener
Wendy’s roots are in the Midwest, but North Carolina is home: “A long growing season trumps a long snowy winter. It’s so exciting to be able to clip fresh rosemary and bay for cooking every day of the year,” she says. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from NCSU, Wendy worked as a landscape architect, in a sculpture foundry, as a garden/floral designer and as grower/vendor of herbs and native perennials, prior to joining Fearrington in 2005. Habits besides gardening: reading, drawing and exploring cultivated and natural areas in the US and UK. The beds near the original part of the Inn including reception, courtyard, Jenny’s Garden and the Willow Oaks are Wendy’s domain.