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Sunflowers at Biltmore

Each summer, majestic sunflowers delight Biltmore's guests on the road between Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village. Stretching nearly a mile long, the sunflower patch yields more than 140,000 blooms during the season. Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

Biltmore’s manicured summer gardens are nothing short of amazing, yet a special flower growing more “in the wild” at the estate surprises and delights our guests every year they begin to bloom. Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

Biltmore’s annual sunflower patch is in the midst of its first bloom. Standing as tall as 8 feet high, the flowers stretch nearly one mile along the road that takes guests from Biltmore House to Antler Hill Village and the Winery. On bright, sunny days, the flowers gently bob their heads against a backdrop of blue sky to create an irresistible summertime selfie moment. Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

“This is an amazing way to showcase the beautiful agriculture legacy of Biltmore to our guests,” says Kyle Mayberry, director of agriculture. While the sunflowers provide show-stopping beauty, they also serve as nourishment for the wildlife that inhabits estate grounds. Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

Kyle’s team plants seeds in two waves to guarantee a longer bloom window so more guests can enjoy them through the summer months. We’re in peak bloom right now, and will see another one just after Labor Day in September. Given Kyle’s calculations on the amount of seeds it takes to put on this sunny show, guests will enjoy as many as 144,000 sunflower plants through the season! Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

Each summer, majestic sunflowers delight Biltmore's guests on the road between Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village. Stretching nearly a mile long, the sunflower patch yields more than 140,000 blooms during the season. Photo credit: The Biltmore Company

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