March 19-May 26, 2016
Celebrate Spring with a spectacular display of colorful blooms across Biltmore Estate. Starting on the first day of spring, Biltmore celebrates the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final project – George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens. The bright colors in the gardens are brought inside with an opulent display of tropical plants and lavish flowers inside Biltmore House. During this festival of flowers, see spring evolve with a steady progression of blooms. Tulips abound at Biltmore’s main entrance and the big display in the Walled Garden. (Photo above taken on April 13, 2016.)
Blossoms on March 24, 2016: Blooms running about a week ahead of normal thanks to a very warm March.
Tulips at peak on April 16, 2016
Read more about the Grand Gardens at Biltmore House. Here's a sping bloom calendar for Biltmore's festival of flowers:
- Late March: More than 200 orchids start the celebration inside the warm Conservatory. Hyacinth, crocus and other early bulbs blossom in the Walled Garden, along with the kobus magnolias.
- Early April: Towering forsythia blooms in the Spring Garden and 15,000 daffodils steal the show in the Walled Garden. Early tulip varieties join in. Stroll the gardens to discover a big variety of flowering shrubs and trees including spriea and flowering cherries.
- Mid April: It's peak tulip time! Dogwoods and redbuds provide a beautiful backdrop. Most of the 74,000 tulips on the estate are in the Walled Garden. Colors this year are purple, blush, white, yellow and orange.
- Late April: Late tulips open in the Walled Garden along with early blooms in the azalea garden and many flowering shrubs. Walk under the wisteria pergola.
- Early May: It's peak time in the massive 20-acre azalea garden of a millon blossoms, ablaze in shades of pink, purple, orange, red and white. Take a hike on the walking trails to discover blooms throughout the estate.
- Late May: The rose garden smells as wonderful as it looks. Home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials, see more than 200 varieties. Summer perennials and annuals take over the Walled Garden.
Antler Hill Village & Winery Events
- Special Exhibition: “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” features wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures on display inside the house (with special floral displays). Also see mementos from Vanderbilt and Cecil family weddings and special occasions in a new exhibit at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village. Read more!
- Weekend live music in the Bandstand
- Grape Stomps at the Winery entrance for children Saturdays and Sundays
- Visit with the friendly resident animals at the farm and their spring newborns such as baby goats, lambs, chicks and bunnies.
- Take a photo tour of the new Village Hotel on Biltmore.
Attend gardening seminars in A Gardener's Place beneath the Conservatory.
- 1 PM: Enchanted Fairy Gardens: Tips for miniature plantscapes
- 2 PM: Say 'I Do' to Orchids: Discover which orchids are the simplest to grow and re-bloom.
Late March forsythia and late April wisteria
Biltmore Blooms Spring Offers, Discount Tickets and Deals:
Check back for special offers and disount tickets. In addition to Biltmore House and gardens, estate admission includes entry to the Winery, Antler Hill Village, Antler Hill Farm and Barnyard, specialty gift shops and restaurants. The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering special packages and lower mid-week rates.
- Buy tickets on Biltmore Estate web site 7 days in advance and save up to $10.
- On Mother’s Day, all mothers receive free admission with the purchase of adult or youth ticket.
- Seniors age 65+ save $10 at the Ticketing Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- U.S. military saves $15 at the Ticketing Center.
- For more information & to purchase tickets online, go to the Biltmore Estate Web site.
Late April and early May azaleas
Easter Egg Hunt
March 27, 2016: The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s Front Lawn on Easter Sunday, along with special children’s entertainment including magic shows, music, storytelling, crafts and photos with the Easter Rabbit. Highlighting the day are the grand Easter Egg Hunts at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Children ages 9 years old and younger may attend the hunt for free when accompanied by an estate passholder or a ticketed adult. Day-of registration will be required.
Watch Video: Spring flowers at Biltmore