‘Tis the season… for Festivals of Flowers! For the third week in a row, Places to Go, Things to Do in the Southeast is featuring a Festival of Flowers, this time at the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. A trip to Biltmore is amazing any time of year, but with spring trees and flowers in full bloom, this is an especially good time to visit.
George Vanderbilt built his estate at the end of the 19th century near what would become the Pisgah National Forest. The 250 room French chateau is set among acres of formal and casual gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsed. During the Festival of Flowers (April 2 – May 15) visitors will find special offers at restaurants and the winery, along with:
- Live music daily in the Conservatory and Winter Garden
- “Ask a Gardener” station featuring Biltmore’s horticulture experts on the weekends
- Daily complimentary seminars at A Gardener’s Place in the Conservatory:
–Culinary Herbs and Edible Flowers, 1:00 p.m.
–A Pot for Every Plant, 2:00 p.m.
–Celebrate Spring with Wreaths, 3:00 p.m.
The main attraction, though, is the hundreds of acres of blooming trees and spring flowers. Visit the What’s Blooming Now page to find out what’s going on in the gardens, and click through the weekly slideshow for amazing views of the estate grounds.
If You Go:
- The Biltmore Estate is open 8:30 – 6:30 daily through May 26. Different areas of the estate have different operating hours, so click here for details along with driving directions.
- Admission prices vary based on purchase method. Click here for prices and purchase options.
- A visit to the Biltmore Estate is a full-day adventure. Plan your time in advance with suggested itineraries, including one just for garden lovers, and an interactive map.
Have you visited the Biltmore Estate’s Festival of Flowers? Tell us about your experiences and offer tips to other visitors in the comments below!
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