Earth Day

Fast approaching its 50th anniversary, Earth Day, observed on April 22, has become an international holiday, set aside to celebrate and raise awareness of the beauty, diversity and fragility of life on our one and only Planet Earth.

While there are countless ways to mark this important day, perhaps the most enduring tradition is to go out and plant a tree – preferably with the help of the children in your life!

This year, if you plan to participate in this sweet tradition, we would suggest planting one of the several species of trees known to best support many other forms of life. When you plant a native oak, pine, or cherry, you will not only be adding beauty to the landscape, but also food and shelter for birds, insect life, squirrels and deer!

In our gardens, Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) is an easily-spotted native pine, although the lovely and less common Eastern white pine would perhaps make a more garden-worthy specimen. The nuts of both species are nutritious fodder for birds and animals, and their dense branches provide shelter in inclement weather.

For oaks, we have our majestic White oaks (Quercus alba) which grace the entrance to The Fearrington House Restaurant today just as they did long ago when it was a farmhouse. These beautiful trees have supported countless generations of squirrels and are a favorite vantage point for our nesting Red-shoulder hawks!

If your goal is to plant a tree that will endlessly delight birds, there is no better choice than the common Black cherry (Prunus serotina) – though you will probably have better luck digging one from a friend’s yard than finding it in your local nursery! An alternative might be the native Carolina cherry laurel (Prunus caroliniana), which has darker fruit, upright habit, and a beautiful, lustrous green leaf. Our two pruned specimens in the Inn Courtyard are lovely examples of this small tree.

Every tree planted this Earth Day adds enormously to the health and beauty of our planet – a tree that can feed and shelter other creatures adds all that, and more!

– Julian, Fearrington Gardener

Cathy & David

Cathy and David tied the knot on October 8, 2016. These newlyweds said their "I do"s under in the Garden Terrace and dance the night away in The Barn! How did you and your partner meet? David and I met in college while we were both in the pep band! We stayed friends following college and ended up dating a year or so after graduation. After six years together, we decided to make it official! Tell us about the engagement? Last December, we took a trip to one of our favorite spots,... Full Post >

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What comes to mind when you think of a farmhouse? I formerly resided in an old Carolina farmhouse about 30 minutes west of Fearrington Village, nestled on a small tree farm complete with a chicken coop and an abundant vegetable garden. Immediately following my arrival, the quaint country farmhouse instantly felt like home -- inviting, playful, functional, and charming. These words translate well to how I would describe our new pottery collection that has arrived in store. Farmhouse... Full Post >

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Trees have blossomed, bulbs popped out of the ground, and the bunnies have invaded McIntyre’s Books. We are officially ready for spring! If you need ideas for your Easter basket, look no further than our Children’s section. We have plush bunnies in all shapes and sizes, from tiny to giant. Tuck in a copy of my new favorite bunny book, Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by local author Camille Andros and there will be smiles all around. Our tiny rolling construction vehicles are... Full Post >

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We know, we know - so cheesy! But when blogging about ice . . . At Dovecote, we love a good artisan cocktail just as much as we love our fashion. And any good cocktail starts with the ice. You don't want it to water down your drink and you don't want it to be full of impurities, but you certainly don't want to do all the work involved either . . . did you catch the blog about ice from The Fearrington House Restaurant's Beverage and Service Director, Paula de Pano? Ice is serious... Full Post >