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Springtime Project: Olmsted Basket

Written By LeeAnn Donnelly

Posted 04/21/16

Updated 05/11/23


Biltmore’s gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as his last great commission. Gentleness, charm, and naturalness are keynotes of Olmsted’s style.

The picturesque and pastoral elements of Olmsted’s gardens can be recalled in our miniature landscapes, which our Floral Team uses throughout Biltmore House and other areas of the estate as a way to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside.

How to Create a Biltmore “Olmsted Basket

1. Gather Your Materials

To create this small garden you must first choose a container, plant materials, and accessories that complement each other and your setting.

2. Designing Your Basket

3. Display Your Arrangement

From room accents to tabletop centerpieces, these long-lasting designs are a perfect way to brighten up your space. 

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