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Vanderbilt Tea Traditions

Posted on 05/09/2014 by Jean Sexton

Although "taking tea" often seems like a formal affair, our records show that tea time at America's largest home wasn’t always regimented. “We have photos with the Vanderbilts and...

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Mother’s Day Tea

Posted on 05/02/2014 by Jean Sexton

The preparing and serving of tea is an ancient ritual, with different cultures creating different customs over the centuries, from elaborate ceremonies to a simple mug of the refreshing beverage....

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Bringing Spring Ahead Of Schedule

Posted on 04/07/2014 by Jean Sexton

Sometimes in the midst of winter—with a little help from our Conservatory—spring arrives a bit ahead of schedule. “Gardeners have been forcing blooms for centuries,” said...

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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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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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