ASHEVILLE — Biltmore Blooms – a time when Biltmore celebrates the return of warm weather and its historic gardens and grounds – is in full swing.
In addition to the ever-changing array of spring color that emerges across the estate’s 8,000 acres, Biltmore Blooms this year will include two new experiences, and the return of two favorites. Biltmore Blooms runs through May 27.
Estate horticulturists planted around 110,000 bulbs in preparation for the spring season. Tulips, the hallmark flower of springtime at Biltmore, account for around 78,600 of those bulbs.
Later in the season, azaleas begin to bloom followed by rhododendrons and mountain laurel while buds of every shade appear in the Rose Garden – all framed by lush greenery and a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Inside Biltmore House
Inside the Biltmore House, the Art in Bloom exhibit pairs pieces of art from the Vanderbilt collection with floral arrangements created by the estate’s expert floral staff.
Dozens of arrangements are planned, and each will interpret the colors, textures, form and shape of each work of art it is paired with. Detailed descriptions of the artwork will be shared with guests. Art in Bloom will run the same dates as Biltmore Blooms.
Additional Biltmore House enhancements this spring include costumed vignettes in several rooms depicting important moments and interactions of the Vanderbilt family and the household staff.
The clothing was reproduced by Academy Award-winning costume designer John Bright from archival photography of the Vanderbilts when they lived in Biltmore House in the late 1800s-early 1900s.
Unique outdoor sculptural works by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, known as “Stick Man,” will reside in Antler Hill Village. Renowned worldwide for his monumental creations, Dougherty weaves saplings and branches into intricate artworks, fashioning whimsical forms ranging from gigantic snares and cocoons to sculptural interpretations of notable buildings.
The visual appeal of these large-scale artworks may be appreciated up close as guests are encouraged to walk through and around the creations, affording the opportunity to admire the artistry and technical skills required to make the sculptures.
Biltmore Gardens Railway
Returning to the Conservatory this spring, Biltmore Gardens Railway pays homage to Biltmore’s founder George Vanderbilt, who was born into a well-known railroad family.
Hundreds of feet of track carry G-scale locomotives and railcars through multiple rooms in Biltmore’s Conservatory, and weave through exotic botanicals and miniature replicas of estate landmarks.