It’s Spring, which means it’s time for the annual celebration at Biltmore Estate known as Biltmore Blooms. Biltmore, located in Asheville, NC, is an 8,000-acre estate owned by descendents of George Washington Vanderbilt. And much of the estate grounds is like a big nature park, allowing for visitors to meander along different pathways, surrounded by spring-blooming shrubs and flowers.
In addition, there’s a neat garden consisting of three large concrete pools/ponds that contain water plants and koi, called the Italian Garden, as well as huge formal garden called the Walled Garden, where thousands of tulips are planted along with other plants and shrubs (as well as plenty of green space). Beyond that garden is the Rose Garden and the Conservatory, a glassed in two-story building full of beautiful plants.
Did we mention a 15-acre Azalea Garden?
Essentially, you could spend the entire day in the gardens at Biltmore. This makes the discounted two-days-for-the-price-of-one tickets available at the Inn on Mill Creek B&B a real deal, because you can’t “do” Biltmore without also checking out the 175,000-square-foot, completely furnished, meticulously maintained, amazing Biltmore House.
Bloom times of different shrubs and flowers varies at Biltmore, so here’s a quick estimate of some favorite blooms, and some photos from previous years:
Late March/Early April: Daffodils, pansies, forsythia, magnolias
Mid-to-late April: Dogwoods, redbuds, tulips; also, deciduous trees leaf out
Late April/Early May: Azaleas, wisteria, peonies
Mid-to-late May: Roses, rhododendrons, snapdragons