Fall Arrives in Biltmore’s Gardens
Written By Leeann Donnelly
When Frederick Law Olmsted designed Biltmore’s gardens, he planned their beauty to last through all four seasons. It’s little wonder the blooms of the estate’s gardens continue well into fall.
In the formal gardens, the show continues with carefully planted flowers designed to blossom through cooler temperatures. In the Walled Garden, an array of fall mums provide color from late September though the end of October. This year’s color show will include orange, lilac, golden yellow, and royal purple buds in the pattern beds and blazing bronze blooms under the arbors.
Rose lovers can enjoy a sneak peek of the judging of the annual International Rose Trials on September 24. Since 2011, the estate’s historic Rose Garden has served as the home for the trials. More than 90 varieties from growers and breeders worldwide have been planted and cared for by Biltmore’s horticulturalists. Each trial lasts two years, with a permanent jury judging the roses four times each year.
The glory of fall blooms continues through the estate’s informal gardens. The Azalea Garden, filled with 15 acres of native azaleas, enjoys a second bloom in the fall. The area’s other gardens are also alive with late blooming annuals, perennials, and vibrant leaves on the estate’s native and exotic trees.
Those looking to learn from Biltmore’s gardening experts can enjoy free demonstrations at A Gardener’s Place shop, located below the Conservatory. Available every Tuesday at 1 p.m. from September 6 through October 19, the complimentary session provides a quick lesson on Success with Succulents. All attendees receive a 20% coupon towards the purchase of a succulent in the shop.
For those looking for fall color beyond the gardens, a scenic drive through the estate provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down and savor views of forests flush with color and panoramic vistas. The road by the Reception & Ticketing Sales Center is populated by vibrant orange and red sugar maple trees, while an afternoon drive by the Bass Pond offers views of bright fall foliage backlit by the afternoon sun. A trip to Antler Hill Village & Winery provides the chance to drive by the Lagoon and enjoy views of the house’s western facade framed by vibrant leaves. The promise of fall color begins in early September and continues until late October, making any time a perfect time to experience autumn on the estate.