Biltmore Blooms Spring Flowers Guide

Biltmore Blooms - Tulips & Spring Flowers

March 18-May 25, 2017
Celebrate Spring with a spectacular display of colorful blooms across Biltmore Estate. 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 with 56,000 tulips, 14,000 daffodils and 1,000 hyacinths.

Biltmore House Spring
Blossoms on March 24, 2016: Blooms running about a week ahead of normal thanks to a very warm March.

Tulips at Biltmore
Tulips at peak on April 16, 2016

Read more about the Grand Gardens at Biltmore House. Here's a sping bloom calendar for Biltmore's festival of flowers:

  • Late March: More than 200 orchids start the celebration inside the warm Conservatory. Hyacinth, crocus and other early bulbs blossom in the Walled Garden, along with the kobus magnolias.
  • Early April: Towering forsythia blooms in the Spring Garden and 15,000 daffodils steal the show in the Walled Garden. Early tulip varieties join in. Stroll the gardens to discover a big variety of flowering shrubs and trees including spriea and flowering cherries.
  • Mid April: It's peak tulip time! Dogwoods and redbuds provide a beautiful backdrop. Most of the 74,000 tulips on the estate are in the Walled Garden. Colors this year are purple, blush, white, yellow and orange.
  • Late April: Late tulips open in the Walled Garden along with early blooms in the azalea garden and many flowering shrubs. Walk under the wisteria pergola.
  • Early May: It's peak time in the massive 20-acre azalea garden of a millon blossoms, ablaze in shades of pink, purple, orange, red and white. Take a hike on the walking trails to discover blooms throughout the estate.
  • Late May: The rose garden smells as wonderful as it looks. Home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials, see more than 200 varieties. Summer perennials and annuals take over the Walled Garden.

Roses at Biltmore
May Roses

Antler Hill Village & Winery Events

  • Weekend live music in the Bandstand
  • Grape Stomps at the Winery entrance for children Saturdays and Sundays
  • Visit with the friendly resident animals at the farm and their spring newborns such as baby goats, lambs, chicks and bunnies.

Free Seminars
Attend gardening seminars in A Gardener's Place beneath the Conservatory.

Biltmore Spring Flowers

Late March forsythia and late April wisteria

Biltmore Blooms Spring Offers, Discount Tickets and Deals:

Check back for 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. 

  • Buy tickets on Biltmore Estate web site 7 days in advance and save up to $10.
  • Adult tickets are $65-$75/person. 
  • On Mother’s Day, 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.

Biltmore Azaleas
Late April and early May azaleas

Easter Egg Hunt
April 16, 2017: 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.

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