DESTINATION: Biltmore Estate

George Washington Vanderbilt II was born into money. The Vanderbilt family amassed a huge railroad and shipping empire. With his inheritance George constructed the largest private, and one of the most famous, houses in the world — the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Today the Biltmore Estate maintains its majestic presence. The French Broad River runs through the estate’s 8000 acres. Beautiful mountain timberland isolates Biltmore from Asheville’s surrounding development. The indoor pool, huge library, 64-seat banquet table, and bowling alley — were all constructed in the 19th century. Complementing the grand architecture of Biltmore, are hundreds of rare furnitures, tapestries, artworks, books, and novelty items collected by the Vanderbilt family that now adorne its beautiful interior.

Spring In Biltmore

The luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt is a marvel of elegance and charm, as magnificent today as it was more than a century ago. Springtime in the Castle is a big attraction for the whole year. Visitors come for the garden and it's beautiful flowers.

Biltmore Castle

As a century-old model for forest conservation, Biltmore continues to honor Vanderbilt’s legacy of environmental protection. Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to it's designer America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.

The Biltmore Flower Garden

The Walled Garden consists of two lengthy arbors entwined with vines and symmetrical flower beds arranged in patterns. You have to take a walk along the 'French Broad River', through lush green forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park. Take a stroll on the 2.5 miles of paths in their manicured gardens.

Lower Garden: 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.

Parker Andes- Dir. of Horticulture

"This looks to be the last week for tulips...Along the drives and garden walks, deciduous trees are leafing out and the color is all about the silverbells, dogwoods, early azaleas and rhododendrons, along with several varieties of viburnums."

BLOOMING NOW IN SPRING

Conservatory

Slipper orchids, moth orchids, butterfly orchids, oriental lilies, hydrangea, hibiscus, cyclamen, fuchsia, shooting star clerodendron, and bougainvillea

Shrub Garden

Burkwood viburnum, judd viburnum, Japanese pieris, serviceberry, crabapples, flowering dogwood, flowering quince, heather, Chinese and native redbuds, hardy orange, kerria, bleeding heart, Virginia bluebells, early azaleas, spirea, bladdernut, and lilacs

Spring Garden

Japanese pieris, flowering quince, judd viburnum, spicebush, serviceberry, flowering dogwood, red buckeye, fothergilla, Carolina silverbell, Jane magnolia, royal azalea, spirea, sweetshrub, and Spanish bluebells

Azalea Garden

Hybrid horse chestnut, early azaleas, serviceberry, fothergilla, mayapple, viburnum, redbud, flowering dogwood, flowering quince, PJM hybrid rhododendrons, hellebores, and Virginia bluebells

Entry & Approach Road

Tulips, pansies, Japanese pieris, crabapple, redbud trees, flowering dogwood, Carolina silverbell, red buckeye, fothergilla, spicebush, burkwood viburnum, plumleaf viburnum, creeping phlox, leucothoe, early rhododendron and azaleas, and leatherleaf mahonia