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Our Gardening Team maintains our gardens year-round to decorate the romantic setting with shrubs, trees, bulbs, annuals and perennials - creating Fearrington's award-winning natural landscape. Stroll through the gardens and read below for tips from our gardeners, new gardening projects and more.

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... Full Post >

Why We Plant Natives

Our gardens are like ourselves - over time, they (hopefully!) become wiser, deeper, and make an impact upon those who know them. Here in the gardens at Fearrington, our gardeners have worked over the years to create gardens that give pleasure to our guests - with beauty, certainly, but also by feeding and providing shelter for the numerous birds and butterflies they attract. As our knowledge of the ways in which gardens and wildlife depend upon each other increases, we have decreased our... Full Post >

Welcome, Spring!

While February in the Gardens at Fearrington is filled with quiet murmurings of spring's imminent arrival, March is when it all gets finally underway. Each day brings an explosion of new bloom and fresh leaves unfurling, and if there's ever a time for getting out for a garden walk, this is it! Here at Fearrington, the first weeks in March are the time to spot deep golden frills of Cornus mas, jewel-like purple and blue Iris reticulata, narcissus of every variety, and our spectacular Lenten... Full Post >

The Toughest of The Tough

If you're a plant blooming in the depths of a Carolina winter, both the risks and the rewards are great. On the rewards end, the plentiful warm and sunny days coax honeybees and other pollinators out to find available nectar sources, and you are more likely to get a visitor if you are not competing with the summer crowd. The risks are those few days when temperatures can plummet 40 or 50 degrees in a matter of hours, or heavy ice threatens. Naturally, then, the hardiest bloomers share a few... Full Post >

Early Spring Planting

February in the Piedmont usually heralds the first stirrings of what truly feels like spring. While it's hard to resist the urge to get out there on the first warm, sunny day, putting your garden energy to work in a thoughtful manner now pays big dividends later! If you are starting a vegetable garden - or simply like to incorporate edibles into your ornamental beds, as we do here in the gardens surrounding The Granary - February is the ideal time to sow cold weather crops like arugula,... Full Post >

The Most Romantic Gardens

Whether it's toasting the setting sun from the white Adirondack chairs overlooking the pasture in front of The Fearrington House Restaurant or strolling hand-in-hand beneath flowering cherry trees, the gardens at Fearrington abound with beautiful, romantic settings for just the two of you. It would, in fact, be almost impossible for us to pick a "most romantic" spot, as they vary so from season to season, morning to evening. However . . . if we were truly pressed, I think we would have to... Full Post >

New Year, New Garden?

Actually, to a gardener in the South, that's a bit of a fantasy. With so many sunny and pleasant winter days outside, the garden never really does get "put to rest." Tools don't quite make it to storage in the tool shed well-oiled and cleaned, and the gardener herself only has a few indoor days by the fire to contemplate next year's seed catalogs. For the many of us who would gladly exchange a long winter nap for the chance to smell flowers and feel warm sunshine on our backs in January,... Full Post >

Butterflies at Fearrington

Fearrington is enjoying it's best butterfly season in memory. Guests are sure to see beautiful yellow butterflies almost anywhere while strolling the grounds. There are dozens in the plants behind Roost, the cutting gardens, and even in Jenny’s Garden, and in front of the Granary. The most common butterfly is the Eastern Swallowtail, the beautiful yellow flier that has been everywhere all summer. If you look closely you can see lots of yellow and a few black forms – all males are... Full Post >

Fall Garden Preview

Fall is just around the corner and our chefs are busy preparing the Fearrington gardens for a plentiful harvest. We chatted with Junior Sous Chef Zac to find out what's being planted this season! What is the vegetable you’re most excited about growing this fall? We are really looking forward to growing some uncommon fall and winter squashes. People are very familiar with butternut and acorn squash, and they may have even heard of spaghetti and delicata squash, but there are so many more... Full Post >

Reflecting on our Summer Gardens

The Fearrington Gardens have had a busy summer producing vegetables like eggplant, cucumber and so much more for our dishes at The Fearrington House. We sat down with Junior Sous Chef Zac to find out how the gardens performed this season, and what's being planted next! As a whole how did you feel about the first major season incorporating the garden and The Fearrington House menu? When we planned the summer menu we focused our efforts on tomatoes, beans, tomatillos, cucumbers and we were... Full Post >