The Pringle Garden at the Tenney Farmhouse
Elizabeth and John Pringle
381 Tenney Circle
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Organic Exuberance Surrounds Historic Farmhouse
First on the Garden Tour in 1996, this garden has blossomed. In 1993 the Pringles began restoring and expanding the old farmhouse as Betsy designed the surrounding garden. Low stone walls, mature trees and some shrubs survive from its earlier state as does the Winter Jasmine in front, which blooms January to March. The garden’s farm heritage greatly enriches the soil. Water-conservation is paramount and the sunken compost bin receives rich run-off. The Pringles use no pesticides and only organic fertilizers.
The sunny front “Parlor garden” is an exuberant sea of flowers and plants, providing color and interest year-round. There is no grass, but rather a variety of perennials including Iris, Primrose, Daisies, Columbine and Geraniums. A Stewartia malacodendron anchors one side of the front garden and is a favorite of the owner. Handsome fencing protects the garden.
The lower back garden is a tranquil haven of woodland plants, meandering paths, a pond, bog garden and moss garden. A Primula path leads to a fern bower, nursery and potting area. Two former chicken houses form the “Little House Behind the House,” with play and sleeping space. The west side of the property features a 60-foot bald cypress planted in 1996 after hurricane Fran took out a large Oak.
Debbie Hutzler has worked alongside Betsy for 13 years, bringing patience, diligence and good spirit.
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