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
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 96,000 tulips, clusters of bright daffodils and forsythia; acres of azaleas ablaze in shades of pink, purple, orange, red and white; hundreds of romantic roses and more.
During this festival of flowers at Biltmore Blooms, see spring evolve with a steady progression of blooms. Don't miss the newborn farm animals at Antler Hill Farm and the spring seasonal wines at the Biltmore Winery.
New this year, see the Dressing Downton exhibition with 45 costumes inside Biltmore House.
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.
Tulips abound at Biltmore’s main entrance and the big display in the Walled Garden. The tulip 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.
2015 Biltmore Blooms Free Events
Enjoy live music, get gardening advice and more:
Antler Hill Village
• Music on the Bandstand
• Grape Stomp at the Winery:
• Exhibition in The Biltmore Legacy, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad
• Floral Displays every day
• Classical music near the Winter Garden
• See the very special Dressing Downton exhibit.
• Live 30-minute music sets
• Many more orchids and exotic blooms
• Ask a Gardener Station 11 AM –4 PM, Saturdays and Sundays only
• A Gardener's Place Seminars
• Daily tastings of its limited release spring seasonal wine. Free
• Production tour.
• Specialty tours like the Vine to Wine Tour, Biltmore Bubbles Tour, and the Red Wine and Chocolate Tour are available at an additional cost.
The Barnyard at Antler Hill Farm
Open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM, the farm comes alive with baby goats, lambs, chicks and bunnies for families to pet and photograph.
Downton Abbey Exhibit
A new exhibition, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times," runs through Memorial Day with more than 40 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!
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.
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.
Need more info? Go to our Biltmore Overview Guide. See photos of an early Spring snow at Biltmore.
Looking for other events?
See our Top Asheville Spring Events & Festivals.
Biltmore Blooms Special Offers, Discount Tickets and Deals:
- Buy tickets on Biltmore Estate website 7 days in advance and save up to $15!
- 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.
- For more information & to purchase tickets online, go to the Biltmore Estate Web site.