Our Gardens

Our Gardens

Inn courtyard in July

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Garden Tour

Minimum 6 people, one hour, $25 pp. Email inquiry.

Groundskeepers keep mature trees healthy and walks spotless

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.

Jenny making arrangements around 1982

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.  An experienced year-round team of seven maintain the grounds, delighted to answer questions as you explore.

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.

What's Distinctive

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!

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...

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Accolades

  • Visitors are welcome at the tidy herb garden in Fearrington Village.

    - 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.

     

    - Our State, May 2011