The largest of the Biltmore gardens, the Azalea Garden is renowned for its extensive collection of native and hybrid azaleas. This 15–acre garden was largely the work of Chauncey Beadle, a Cornell–educated horticulturist who was hired temporarily in 1890 but stayed on till his death in 1950. Beadle and his fellow "Azalea Hunters" traveled the country gathering a massive collection of native specimens. In 1940 he donated his extensive collection of plants to Biltmore. Now, more than 1,000 azaleas grow alongside magnolias, dogwoods and conifers.
Your self–guided visit of the Azalea Garden is included in estate admission.