The Blooming Art of the Biltmore Estate

"An artist, he paints with lakes and wooded slopes; with lawns and banks and forest covered hills; with mountain sides and ocean views." - Daniel Burnham on Frederick Law Olmsted, the Biltmore Estate's renowned landscape architect.

Between March 20 and May 23, embrace the art of Olmsted and the bright colors of spring at Biltmore Estate's annual celebration of all things flora. Formerly known as Festival of Flowers, Biltmore Blooms presents an inspiring time to visit the estate and witness a color and fragrance explosion as all the flowers come to bloom. During Biltmore Blooms, guests are invited to join the gardeners of the Conservatory (the glass greenhouse gardens of the estate) for weekend seminars in creating elegant centerpieces and beautiful spring wreaths.

The grounds of the Biltmore Estate, located in Asheville, North Carolina, were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who is often

credited as the father of American landscape. Olmsted was also instrumental in the design of Central Park in New York City, as well many other amazing outdoor spaces, including the park at Niagara Falls, Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and the grounds at Stanford University in California.

Originally, the Biltmore Estate was situated on 125,000 acres, but the Vanderbilts sold about 85,000 acres to the Federal Government, which designated that land as the core of the Pisgah National Forest. The estate currently covers over 8,000 acres and is split in half by the French Broad River. The landscape retains the feel created by the original plans of Olmsted.

Just beside the Biltmore House, discover the Italian Garden's classic statues and formal koi ponds. Beyond, you'll find the walled garden where you can walk under two vine-covered arbors while taking in the daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, lush perennials, and chrysanthemums - all in various different stages of bloom and bursting with color. In the Rose Garden, enjoy over 250 varieties of roses. The 15-acre Azalea Garden contains one of the country's largest collection of azaleas.

After you've spent the day exploring the estate, stay at Biltmore Villa Hideaway. Biltmore Villa Hideaway EntrywayLocated in the heart of Biltmore Village and just blocks away from the Estate, this luxury two-bedroom condo is spacious and pet-friendly. Biltmore Village was originally created 
by George Vanderbilt as a "company town" for the estate workers and their families. Now Biltmore Village has been transformed into a collection of boutique shops and fine dining restaurants. Biltmore Villa Hideaway puts you at the heart of this historic part of Asheville.

When you stay with Carolina Mornings, you're treated to a complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, which gives you one ticket to the Biltmore Estate for each night of your stay. You can also purchase two-day tickets from your vacation planner when you are making your reservation. This will give you plenty of time to take in the wonderful sights that this amazing estate has to offer.

Call Carolina Mornings today at (877) 902-9441 to reserve the Biltmore Villa Hideaway or another one of our great vacation rentals and cabins. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and ski lift tickets (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).

By: Carmen Ybarra

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