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
• 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
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,
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.
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.