The Biltmore Estate is always worth a visit but during the annual spring Festival of Flowers? You’d be hard pressed to find a more spectacular display of colorful blooms in a more perfect location. George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens, the final project of legendary landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.
On the first day of spring every year, the Biltmore Estate’s gardens come to life with thousands of bright and beautiful blooms. More than 100,000 bulbs await their turn in the estate’s gardens and nurseries. As the season unfolds, so, too do the displays: orchids, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, forsythia, azaleas, roses and more. You can watch spring’s steady progression towards summer through the cycling hues of the estate’s colorful flowers.
While nature has its own plans beyond those of man, a rough schedule of flower reveals for Biltmore Blooms 2018 has been provided.
Biltmore Blooms 2018 Schedule
Late March: The celebration inside the Conservatory with more than 200 orchids. Hyacinth, crocus, kobus magnolias and other early bulbs begin to open in the Walled Garden.
Early April: 15,000 daffodils take over the Walled Garden while forsythia tower in the Spring Garden. Some early tulip varieties will also begin to peep. Flowering shrubs and trees like spriea and flowering cherries begin to decorate the gardens.
Mid April: 74,000 tulips steal the show from the daffodils in the Walled Garden. Dogwoods and redbuds further the display.
Late April: The last of the tulips open in the Walled Garden. Azalea other early flowering shrubs begin their show. Now is the time to take in the wisteria pergola.
Early May: A million blossoms will be at full-peak in the 20-acre azalea garden. Explore the Biltmore’s walking trails for a view of blooms across the estate.
Late May: See (and smell!) more than 200 varieties of roses in the rose garden, home of the Biltmore International Rose Trials. smells as wonderful as it looks. The Walled Garden is now playing host to summer perennials and annuals.
Titanic Movie Costumes at the Biltmore
The Biltmore Estate is also currently hosting a special display of costumes from the 1997 blockbuster film “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from the Oscar-winning “Titanic” movie. The exhibition of 53 detailed costumes showcases the wardrobes of transatlantic travelers from the early 1900’s like George and Edith Vanderbilt.
Best of all, there’s no additional fee to see the exhibit! The costumes are part of the regular self-guided Biltmore tour. Learn more here.
Spring Into The Season at Biltmore Blooms 2018 Festival of Flowers
March 20th through May 25th
Biltmore Estate – 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC
Read more about Biltmore Blooms 2018 at www.biltmore.com
North Lodge on Oakland’s own peaceful and gardens will also be in bloom and are just a mile from the historic Biltmore Estate. Come and soak up the beauty of the Asheville area with a stay in our Asheville B&B. Our restored, 1904 stone home offers six comfortable bedrooms and three-course breakfasts – all on a quiet residential street. Book your stay at North Lodge on Oakland today!