Each year, Biltmore Estate comes alive in the spring with a floral display that is unlike any other in the Asheville area. Not even the North Carolina Arboretum nor the Botanical Gardens are able to compare with this phenomenal display of blooms and colors. The NC Arboretum and UNCAs Botanical Gardens have their charms, and are well worth a visit, too. Yet, the sheer volume of flowers in bloom at Biltmore Estate trumps them all.
The Annual Festival of Flowers at Biltmore Estate
This year, Biltmores Annual Festival of Flowers is from April 7-May 20, 2012. The 8,000 acres that comprise Biltmore Estate are some of the most meticulously maintained forests, fields and formal gardens in the United States. The well-known landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted originally designed the grounds of Biltmore Estate. His influences are still felt in the overall structure of the gardens and forested areas.
Before or after touring Biltmore House, visitors may take a leisurely stroll though the Italian and Walled Gardens and Shrub and Azalea Gardens. Here guests will find spring in its full glory throughout the month of April and for most of May.