March orchids in the Conservatory
Tulips of many colors
Blooms of so many varieties
Bring your camera!
Spring arrivals on the farm
Blazing field of canola
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See our Top Asheville Spring Events & Festivals.
March 21-May 31, 2013
Gorgeous gardens will be in full glory as 75,000 tulips and many other blossoms welcome springtime during Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers.
See spring evolve with a steady progression of floral color and a succession of blooms. 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.
This festival of flowers begins with the bright golden yellow of daffodils and forsythia in the gardens, coinciding with an opulent display of potted tropical plants and lavish flowers inside Biltmore House. The season continues with a massive tulip bloom across the estate, multi-colored azaleas, rhododendron and roses in the Historic Rose Garden.
Winter Garden Open March 21-April 14
For the first time ever, step into the Winter Garden inside Biltmore House, normally roped off, to enjoy a display of exotic orchids, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species plants that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894. The Winter Garden’s existing tropical foliage will be enhanced, creating a lush green background. Unusual and beautiful orchid specimens will be displayed on tiered plant stands, in urns and on pedestals with fine leafed ferns and other foliage.
Orchids also bloom in the Conservatory. Tulips abound at Biltmore’s main entrance and the big display in the Walled Garden, the peak is usually mid April. See spectacular floral arrangements in the Biltmore House
The biggest color explosion is the vibrant colors in the 20-acre azalea garden and cascades of native and exotic blooms in the natural gardens (late April) and along the walking trails.
2013 Biltmore Blooms Free Events
Enjoy live music, get gardening advice and more:
Antler Hill Village:
• Music on the Bandstand: 4–8:45 PM on March 23, 24, 30, 31 and daily in April and May
• Grape Stomp at the Winery: 2–5 PM, March 21–May 19
• Exhibition in The Biltmore Legacy, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad
• Floral Displays, daily; Winter Garden orchid display open March 21–April 14
• Classical music near the Winter Garden. 30 minute sets beginning at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, daily, March 21–May 19
• Live 30-minute music sets at 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 daily, March 21–May 19
• Ask a Gardener Station 11 AM –4 PM, Saturdays and Sundays only, March 21–May 19
• A Gardener's Place Seminars, March 21–May 19:
1 PM: Smell Good Plants (plants and foliage)
2 PM: Terrariums, gardening under glass
3 PM: Organic fertilizing
The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad special exhibit features never-before-seen treasures from the Vanderbilt collection, This display focuses on the lives and personalities of George, Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt, taking center stage in Antler Hill Village’s Legacy building. Enjoy a close-up look at exotic and rare items they collected throughout their lives, including an extraordinary collection of Samurai armor and an intricate Cartier vanity and lipstick case encrusted with diamonds and jade. An early Harley-Davidson motorcycle representing the Vanderbilt’s love of motorized transportation will be displayed. The fascinating story of the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic will also be told. Read more!
Spring Savings & Discount Biltmore Ticket Deals
From March 21 through May, youth estate admission is half the price of adult admission. Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of your visit and receive $15 off; $10 off if purchased one to six days in advance. 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 pricing, including mid-week rates starting at $179. For more information & to purchase discounted tickets online, go to the Biltmore Estate Web site.