It just would not be spring without the vibrant blooms of the native spring flowers and nowhere else is that more evident than at the Festival of Flowers at Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina. The historic home was built for George Washington Vanderbilt II and his wife for their summer residence and features enormous garden areas that were designed by Central Park landscape designer Frederick Olmstead. One of the best times to visit the Biltmore Estate North Carolina is in the springtime during Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers, when the flowers are in full bloom and each garden is adorned with heirloom blooms.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Flowers and runs from April 3, 2010, to May 16, 2010. During Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers, each garden is at its peak and the Biltmore Estate North Carolina features a few special events, including live music daily in the Winter Garden and Conservatory. During the weekends, the estate’s professional staff of horticulturists is on hand in the Walled Garden to give tips and answer visitors’ questions. Also during Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers, the Biltmore Restaurants feature specially designed menus and the Biltmore Winery features its timely 2010 Festival of Flowers wine varieties. While you are visiting Biltmore Estate Asheville, you should also stop by the newly unveiled Antler Hill Village, a newly developed area featuring shopping, dining, and historical bits about the estate that encompasses the farm and winery.
During Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers in the springtime you can visit the garden areas and see flowers such as daffodils, tulips, forsythia, snowdrops, Virginia bluebells, azaleas, pansies, Lily of the Nile, begonias, and even bromeliads. Each garden has its own unique atmosphere, climate and flowers suited to its geography and topography.
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Here is Biltmore Festival of Flowers line-up:
-Classical music in the Winter Garden, 30-minute sets at 11:00 a.m.
-Music in the Conservatory, 30-minute sets at 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
-"Ask a Gardener" in the Walled Garden, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
-Look in the Conservatory for a container garden exhibit that represents wine selections in honor of the Winery’s 25th Anniversary.
-Complimentary wine tastings: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; opens at noon on Sundays
– Grape Stomp – Saturday & Sunday
-Get inspired at our free seminars offered daily at A Gardener’s Place:
1:00 p.m.: Creating five-minute centerpieces: fast and easy arranging.
2:00 p.m.: How to "wreath" your door into spring.
3:00 p.m.: Learn the basics of growing roses.
Happenings at the Village Green
– Relax with music & storytellers daily 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
– Cooking Demonstrations 3:30 p.m.
Happenings at The Farm
– Music at the Barn: Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Mon-Fri 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
– Woodworking Demonstrations 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
– Blacksmith Demonstrations 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– Farm Demos at the Barn – Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..
Special Entertainment in Antler Hill Village
Thursday and Friday, April 8–9 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. The Village Beat
Tap your toes to the amazing sounds River Guerguerian creates from wine bottles, barrels, and anything else he can find in this high-energy performance.
Saturday and Sunday, April 10–11 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. The Art of Storytelling
Watch a colorful mural painted before your eyes inspired by tales of life of the estate as shared by our host.