Early May Morning in the Biltmore Azalea Garden

Biltmore Azaleas, early May 2014

We headed over to Biltmore Estate on May 6, to walk through the Azalea Garden and were treated to a beautiful sight, and of course, we had to share it with you. The Azalea Garden at Biltmore is in a park-like setting and sits below the formal Walled Garden. If you visit Biltmore in springtime, we recommend walking through the Walled Garden to the Conservatory:

Biltmore Conservatory in early May

And then once you see all the gorgeous plants and trees inside the Conservatory, head out, turn left and walk across the road to the Azalea Garden. You can’t miss it if you’re visiting between late April and early May.

Biltmore Azalea Garden, early May 2014
Biltmore Azalea Garden, early May 2014
Biltmore Azalea Garden, early May 2014

The 15-acre Azalea Garden at Biltmore was initially cultivated and cared for by renowned horticulturalist Chauncey Beadle, who spent 60(!) years taking care of these beauties and was responsible for Biltmore’s Azalea Garden becoming one of the largest collections of native azaleas in the United States. If that’s not a passion for gardening, then we don’t know what is!

This year, visitors to the Asheville area in May are fortunate in that the azaleas are about two weeks behind (as are a lot of the spring flowers). If you are planning a spring trip to the Inn on Mill Creek near Black Mountain and Asheville and want to know what’s blooming at Biltmore and in the area, no worries, your innkeepers will be happy to forward a bloom list to you.

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