The lower half of the Walled Garden features roses grown at the end of the 19th century plus modern varieties including over 1400 roses in our historic Rose Garden along with lush conservatory displays of orchids, palms and other exotic tropical plants. Our collection of heirloom roses includes some of the same varieties George Vanderbilt originally purchased for the estate in 1895. You'll also find traditional garden structures such as a maypole and double arch surrounded by over 1400 roses.
International Rose Trials
Since 2011, the Walled Garden at Biltmore has been home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials. Each rose variety receives a two-year trial during which our gardeners and judges evaluate the plants for garden performance, fragrance, and disease resistance. The roses in the trial are judged four times every year, and on Saturday, May 18, 2013, the roses planted in 2011 will undergo international judging with an awards ceremony. Guests can note which roses are part of the trials since they are labeled with a number and no name.
Your self–guided visit to the Rose Garden is included in estate admission.