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Fearrington's Gardens

Fearrington's Gardens

Giant purple alliums in June, framed by the Barn and Magnolia virginiana

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Garden Tour

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

Gardener Ryan in the Green House

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 connected by brick pathways, an herb garden used by the chefs at The Fearrington House Restaurant, cutting beds used by our florists, a vegetable garden and several greenhouses.  An experienced year-round team of eight 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

Fearrington’s gardens encompass everything in the Village Center that is not constructed. You’ll find gardens lining the brick walking paths, surrounding the businesses and opening into some of our more formal garden spaces.

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!

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Accolades

  • AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

    AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

    - American Automobile Association

  • Certificate of Excellence Winner

    - TripAdvisor, 2016

    Certificate of Excellence Winner

    - TripAdvisor, 2016

  • Readers’ Choice Award

    - Condé Nast Traveler, 2016

    Readers’ Choice Award

    - Condé Nast Traveler, 2016

  • Best of Chapel Hill, Best Hotel

    - Chapel Hill Magazine, 2016

    Best of Chapel Hill, Best Hotel

    - Chapel Hill Magazine, 2016

  • Best of the Triangle, Bed & Breakfast

    - Indy Week, 2016

    Best of the Triangle, Bed & Breakfast

    - Indy Week, 2016

  • A best hotel and resort in North Carolina

    - Travel Channel, 2016

    A best hotel and resort in North Carolina

    - Travel Channel, 2016

  • Best Staycation in The Triangle

    - Midtown Magazine, 2016

    Best Staycation in The Triangle

    - Midtown Magazine, 2016

  • A top 10 Best Romantic Inn

    - USA Today, 2015

    A top 10 Best Romantic Inn

    - USA Today, 2015

  • Certificate of Excellence Winner

    - TripAdvisor, 2015

    Certificate of Excellence Winner

    - TripAdvisor, 2015

  • Best of Chapel Hill, Best Hotel

    - Chapel Hill Magazine, 2015

    Best of Chapel Hill, Best Hotel

    - Chapel Hill Magazine, 2015

  • A Best Hotel in the World

    - U.S. News & World Report, 2015

    A Best Hotel in the World

    - U.S. News & World Report, 2015