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Gardens & Grounds

Surround Yourself with Lush Summer Beauty

The Rose Garden resplendent with blooms, the Italian Garden’s ponds brimming with tropical water plants, hydrangeas bursting forth seemingly everywhere… all this and so much more make our gardens a must-see part of Summer at Biltmore. Time your visits with your favorite displays—use our Bloom Report.

Virtual Tour: Biltmore’s Historic Gardens & Grounds

Explore Our Grounds at Your Own Pace

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the French Broad River, through dense forests, or peaceful open meadows. Hike the grounds of Biltmore at your own pace with our extensive network of trails, or explore by bike.

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Celebrating an Icon: Olmsted 200

Biltmore is honored to partner with the national Olmsted 200 campaign to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth. Known as America’s foremost landscape architect, his final project was the magnificent landscape design of George Vanderbilt’s estate, which stands as a living tribute to Olmsted’s genius.


With Mother Nature's cooperation, you may see the following blooms during the year.

Surrounded by vibrant poinsettias, bromeliads, and orchids, this bench in the Conservatory offers a beautiful holiday photo opportunity.

Striking red poinsettias nestle among the crisp whites and greens of orchids and other tropical plants in the Conservatory.

Early April- Darwin hybrid tulip varieties begin blooming in the Walled Garden and Estate Entry. Other estate blooms include early flowering shrubs and trees, forsythia, spirea, magnolia, and flowering cherries.

Mid-April - Darwin hybrid tulips are usually at peak in the Walled Garden and Estate Entry. Other estate blooms include spring bulbs, dogwoods, and redbuds.

Late April - Single late tulips fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds, until the last week when poppies, snapdragons, and pansies are planted. Other estate blooms include hybrid azaleas and various flowering shrubs.

Petals from blooms in Biltmore's historic Rose Garden were selected for a spirited collaboration that results in Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

Mid to Late October - Trees display a glorious mix of greens, golds, and russets.

Mid-September to October- Hundreds of vibrant chrysanthemums and salvias fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds.

Environmental Stewardship

Our horticultural experts continually work to preserve Olmsted’s original vision for the gardens and grounds, including our Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties.

As a century-old model for forest conservation (and, more recently, for sustainability, thanks to nine acres of solar panels), Biltmore continues to honor George Vanderbilt’s legacy of environmental protection.

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