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.
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 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.
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.
"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."
Slipper orchids, moth orchids, butterfly orchids, oriental lilies, hydrangea, hibiscus, cyclamen, fuchsia, shooting star clerodendron, and bougainvilleaShrub 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 lilacsSpring Garden
Japanese pieris, flowering quince, judd viburnum, spicebush, serviceberry, flowering dogwood, red buckeye, fothergilla, Carolina silverbell, Jane magnolia, royal azalea, spirea, sweetshrub, and Spanish bluebellsAzalea Garden
Hybrid horse chestnut, early azaleas, serviceberry, fothergilla, mayapple, viburnum, redbud, flowering dogwood, flowering quince, PJM hybrid rhododendrons, hellebores, and Virginia bluebellsEntry & 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