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.
Here's a bloom calendar timeline for Biltmore's festival of flowers:
- Late March: More than 1,000 orchids start the celebration inside the warm Conservatory and the Winter Garden inside Biltmore House. Hyacinth and other early bulbs blossom in the Walled Garden.
- Early April: Towering forsythia blooms in the Shrub 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 with 75,000 tulips creating a kaleidoscope of color in the Walled Garden. Dogwoods and redbuds provide a beautiful backdrop.
- 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 arbor.
- 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 75 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide. 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 free gardening seminars in A Gardener's Place beneath the Conservatory.
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.
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.