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The First Hostess of Biltmore: A Tribute to Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt

Posted on 05/15/2017 by Amy Dangelico

As the youngest of eight children, George Vanderbilt had a very close relationship with his mother, Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt. After his father’s death in 1885, it was George who took...

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Chauncey Beadle: Biltmore’s Azalea Hunter

Posted on 04/26/2017 by Amy Dangelico

A favorite pastime of Biltmore Blooms is the Azalea Garden—one of the largest selections of native azaleas in the country. The 15-acre garden is home to more than 20,000 plants, offering...

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An April Engagement Brings a Biltmore Legacy

Posted on 04/19/2017 by Jean Sexton

If April showers bring May flowers, what do April engagements bring? For George Vanderbilt, April 1898 brought his engagement to Edith Stuyvesant Dresser. That, in turn, brought about two wedding...

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Tulips in the Walled Garden: A Brief History

Posted on 03/09/2017 by Amy Dangelico Comments(1)

Each spring, thousands upon thousands of beautiful and brightly colored tulips fill the formal flowerbeds of the Walled Garden. Their vivid hues—this year, boasting shades of yellow, white,...

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Olmsted’s Deliberate Approach

Posted on 02/06/2017 by Jean Sexton Comments(2)

The three-mile Approach Road that meanders from Biltmore Village up to Biltmore House is not there by accident—it’s the result of a very intentional and complex design by Frederick Law...

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