Take a photo tour of the beautiful gardens at Biltmore Estate. Each season brings blooms, color and striking landscape. And there are many trails to explore formal gardens and the natural outdoors on the 8,000 acre estate.
Summer visitors are always in awe of the acres of sunflowers by the road to Antler Hill Village, blooming from July through Labor Day. Besides serving as a visual treat, the flowers provide gourmet meals for the diverse wildlife that lives on the estate.
Out of 300 acres of crop fields at Biltmore, about 136 acres are designated for wildlife feeding. This year they will plant 10 acres of sunflowers—staggered in May, June, and July for extended blooms; 25 acres of corn; 18 acres of soybeans; 16 acres of wheat; 14 acres of legumes; and two acres of millet.
Corn, soybeans, clover, and prairie grass make excellent meals for the deer, rabbit, and turkeys. Native warm season grasses and wild flowers are planted for nesting habitats. Along the River Road by the Equestrian Center, five large fields feed wildlife such as deer, turkeys, squirrels, beavers, other small mammals, and dozens of bird species. Crops include radishes, canola, soybeans, corn, and sorghum. Several smaller areas up the river are also planted with corn—equestrians frequently see wildlife dining on the corn!
Enjoy the sunflowers from one of hiking trails on Biltmore Estate.
Since the Biltmore House is so huge, you need some huge container arrangements!
On right is a view in the Walled Garden.
Water lilies of many sizes and shapes fill the pools in the Italian Gardens.
Many of the outdoor Biltmore Concerts take place near the Italian Garden.
Back in the Walled Garden, a short walk from the Biltmore House.
Looking toward the conservatory in the Walled Garden.
Take home some great ideas for your garden!
Love the occasional red sunflower.
Plan your visit with our complete Biltmore Estate Guide.