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Designing A Welcome Home

Posted on 12/12/2013 by Jean Sexton

Once you pass through the entrance way “Vestibule” into Biltmore House, you have entered a special place for Biltmore Floral Designer Mary Quirk. This is the first space that guests...

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O Christmas Tree!

Posted on 11/30/2013 by Leeann Donnelly Comments(4)

For nearly 40 years, Biltmore’s engineering team has handled the logistical challenges of carrying a 35-foot-tall tree through Biltmore House and raising it safely and securely in the...

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A Child’s Joy at Christmas

Posted on 11/25/2013 by Jean Sexton

When asked how she sums up all the months of planning and preparation, all the glittering decorations adorning the trees, all the lights, and all the passion she puts into her work, Simone Bush,...

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Updating the Vanderbilts’ 1904 Thanksgiving menu

Posted on 11/18/2013 by Judy Ross

Thanksgiving is a food-focused holiday; a tradition as true today as it was in 1904 when George and Edith Vanderbilt celebrated the day with a multi-course dinner. In the Biltmore Archives, a...

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A Designer’s Plan for Christmas

Posted on 11/11/2013 by Jean Sexton Comments(2)

For more than 20 years, Gloria Brank has been decorating Biltmore House for Christmas. In her role as Floral Department Supervisor, she’s also instrumental in organizing the design and...

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