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Biltmore Blooms - Festival of Flowers 2015

Our Biltmore Guide: Biltmore Overview | Biltmore House Inside Photos | Downton Abbey Costumes | Gardens | Winery | Antler Hill Village | Christmas at Biltmore | House Christmas Photos | Christmas Tree Raising | Biltmore Blooms | Summer Concerts | Fall at Biltmore | Winter Outings & Specials | Hiking, Biking, Outdoors | Events | Inn on Biltmore | Specialty Guided Tours | Vanderbilts | Garden Photos | Biltmore Romantic Spots | Dream Wedding | Biltmore Snow | Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate | Spring in Asheville
Tulips at Biltmore
Walled Garden with thousands of tulips in mid April

Biltmore Orchids
March orchids in the Conservatory

Biltmore Purple Tulip
Tulips of many colors

Biltmore Daffodils
Daffodils and Hyacinth on March 24, 2015

Tulips at Biltmore
Bring your camera!

Lambs at Biltmore
Spring arrivals on the farm

Biltmore Gardens Azalea
Azalea Garden

Downton Abbey Costumes
See "Dressing Downton" costumes inside Biltmore House

March 20-May 25, 2015
Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a spectacular display of colorful blooms across Biltmore Estate. More than 1,000 orchids start the celebration in late March inside the warm Conservatory and the Winter Garden of the house. They are followed by abundant forsythia and 15,000 daffodils by early April with 75,000 tulips in hues of purple, pink and orange peaking by mid April. By late April and May, explore acres of azaleas ablaze in shades of pink, purple, orange, red and white. And don't forget the hundreds of romantic roses and many more flowers.

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. Tulip peak bloom time is usually mid April.

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.

Downton Abbey Costumes
A new exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times," runs through May 25, 2015 with 45 costumes from the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” See the clothing throughout the Biltmore House in groupings inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore. Read more!

Elaborate fresh flower arrangements within the rooms of Biltmore House are inspired by the costumes on display. The Entry Hall welcomes with a towering French wire basket arrangement of green and purple hydrangea, purple and lavender stock and green and purple roses with fabric draping from the ceiling. The palette was chosen to complement Violet Crawley’s purple print day dress on display.

2015 Biltmore Blooms Free Events
Enjoy live music, get gardening advice and more:

Antler Hill Village & Winery
• Weekend live music in the Bandstand
• Grape Stomps at the Winery entrance for children Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 PM.
• Visit with the friendly resident animals and their spring newborns such as baby goats, lambs, chicks and bunnies.
• Celebrate the Winery's 30th birthday on May 11.
• Exhibition in The Biltmore Legacy, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad

Biltmore House
• Floral Displays every day.
• From March 20-April 12, step into the glass-domed Winter Garden (normally roped-off) to enjoy hundreds of fragrant exotic orchids on display there.
• See the very special Dressing Downton exhibit.

Conservatory & Walled Garden
• Many orchids and exotic blooms
• “Orchid Talks” by estate gardening experts. The 45-minute session discusses Biltmore’s history with orchids and details about the plants displayed in the Conservatory's special orchid room. 11 AM weekdays. Free
• Ask a Gardener Station
• A Gardener's Place Seminars: “Exquisite Orchids for Beginners” at 1 PM. and “Nurturing Treasured Houseplants” at 2 PM. Free

Vanderbilt Exhibit
The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad special exhibit features 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. The fascinating story of the fateful decision that saved the Vanderbilts from perishing on Titanic will also be told. Read more!

Easter Egg Hunt April 5
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.

International Rose Trail Competition, May 29-30
Biltmore’s Rose Garden to home to more than 90 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide. An international jury will select the winning roses in 12 categories. A special ticket package is available for attending competition events.

Biltmore Tickets
See below for current 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.

Biltmore Blooms Spring Offers, Discount Tickets and Deals:

  • Buy tickets on Biltmore Estate web site 7 days in advance and save up to $12.
  • Enjoy a second, consecutive day of all Biltmore for only $10. Upgrade on your day of visit at any of the Guest Services locations on the estate.
  • On Mother’s Day, May 10, all mothers receive free admission with the purchase of adult or youth ticket.
  • For more information & to purchase tickets online, go to the Biltmore Estate Web site.

Need more info? Go to our Biltmore Overview Guide.

Looking for other events? See our Top Asheville Spring Events & Festivals.

Tulips at Biltmore
2015 Blooms By the Numbers: 74,900 tulips, 15,150 daffodils, 13,550 crocus and 9,000 hyacinth.

Spring Banquet Hall, Biltmore
Enjoy fabulous floral displays inside the Biltmore House!

Biltmore Gardens TulipsTulips at Biltmore
See photos of Biltmore Summer Gardens.

Biltmore Spring Bloom Calendar

Late March: Orchids inside Biltmore House and Conservatory

Early April: Darwin Hybrid Tulip varieties begin blooming in the Walled Garden and Estate Entry. Other estate blooms include early flowering shrubs and trees, forsythia, spirea, magnolia, and flowering cherries.

Mid–April: Darwin Hybrids Tulips usually at peak in the Walled Garden and Estate Entry. Other estate blooms include spring bulbs, dogwoods, and redbuds.

Late April: Single late tulips fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds, until the last week when poppies, snapdragons, and pansies are planted. Other estate blooms include hybrid azaleas and various flowering shrubs.

May: Poppies, snapdragons, and pansies in Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds. Other estate blooms include native azaleas (first week is usually the peak), and various flowering shrubs.

For more information & to purchase discounted tickets online, go to the Biltmore Estate Web site.

Dogwood at BiltmoreBiltmore Gardens

Tulips at Biltmore Festival of Flowers

Biltmore Blooms Hours of Operation

  • Reservation & Ticket Center at Entrance: 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Daily
  • Biltmore House: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Daily
  • Winery in Antler Hill Village: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. on Monday–Thursday; 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday; 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on Sunday
  • Gardens: 9:00 a.m.–Dusk, Daily
  • Conservatory: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Daily
  • The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. on Sunday–Thursday; 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday
  • Barn and Farmyard in Antler Hill Village: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Daily
  • Bike Barn in Antler Hill Village: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Daily
  • Outdoor Adventure Center in Antler Hill Village: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Daily
  • Deerpark Carriage and Trail Barns: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Daily
  • Bistro (restaurant at Winery): 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Daily
  • Cedric's Tavern: 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., Daily
  • Deerpark Restaurant: 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday
  • Stable Café: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Daily

Biltmore House Flowers

Orchid at BiltmoreOrchid at Biltmore
Orchids in the Conservatory

Snow at Biltmore
An early spring snow... see more photos of Biltmore in the snow.

Tulips in Biltmore House Gardens



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Enjoy your vacation to Biltmore House, Estate, Winery & Gardens in Asheville! Writing & Photography By Mark File - ©2003-2015 File Investments, Inc