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Biltmore House

Biltmore House

I am running out of time today, unfortunately, so I don't have time to write about the lovely Biltmore House and its absolutely amazing gardens.  I could wax on poetically about the tulips and azaleas that produce ribbons of color in the spring Festival of Flowers.  But, no time today.  So, instead, please enjoy these photos of Biltmore and rest assured that it is one of the most beautiful gardens we have ever seen and well worth the trip to Asheville.  (Actually, you should go to Asheville anyway - it's one of our favorite cities in the United States with hikes, walks, gardens, and restaurants to make the mind reel.)

Flowers at Biltmore Estate

Orchidd at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate gardens

Tulips at Biltmore Estate

Tulips at Biltmore Estate

Hydrangeas at Biltmore Estate

Tulips at Biltmore Estate

Flowers at Biltmore Estate gardens

Views from the Biltmore

Biltmore Estate

Tulips at the Biltmore


Admission to the Biltmore Estate is a pricey $40 but you can easily spend a full day wandering through the gardens, the largest private residence in America, and the winery tour.  We spent a month in Asheville and bought the annual pass so that we could take Chewy and Abby with us on walks and through the gardens.  The Festival of Flowers runs every year between April and May and is well worth seeing, though we recommend visiting on a weekday if possible, because the crowds can get quite intense on the weekends.

09/02/2011 10:00
Having been to Butchart Garden and Longwood Garden, I was put off by the pricey admission. Was it worth it?
09/06/2011 12:22
Biltmore was absolutely worth it! It is expensive but you also get admission to the wonderful house and winery. You can easily spend a full day there and there's a lot to see and do, plus if you like walking or hiking, there are great walks through the woods at the Biltmore.
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09/02/2011 11:59
You are so talented! Thanks for the photos. Love flowers and color -- you captured them beautifully. My plans this summer include visiting the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, NY.
09/06/2011 12:23
Thanks so much Charu! I've heard that the Brooklyn garden is stunning.
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09/03/2011 07:30
Love the flower shots, just gorgeous!!! I have spent so much time at the Biltmore, since I used to live in Asheville. It's a must visit place for sure!
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09/06/2011 12:24
Absolutely, Andi. We love, love, love Asheville. It's one of our favorites.
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09/03/2011 08:15
Those pictures are so beautiful!! I just did a little post on an estate in New York, which everyone said reminded them of Biltmore. They were right!
09/06/2011 12:26
Thanks so much Abby! :)
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03/25/2012 08:25
What a beautiful post - bright flowers always make my day..
03/27/2012 05:11
Thank you so much Roni!
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12/16/2013 03:55
When is it better to go to visit this festival?

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