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Biltmore's Conservatory Shines at Christmas

In addition to 8,000 acres to explore and enjoy, be sure to visit our soaring glass Conservatory, where lush, festive poinsettia displays complement a vast array of exotic tropical plants.

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.

Mid- to Late October – Estate trees display a delightful blend of greens, golds, and russets.

December to January – Artfully arranged poinsettias, bromeliads, and orchids make this bench inside the Conservatory an inviting photo opportunity.

December to January – Red poinsettias stand out against the crisp whites and greens of orchids and other tropicals inside the Conservatory.

Early April – As tulips begin to bloom in the Walled Garden, early flowering trees and shrubs—including this striking yellow forsythia—brighten the estate.

Mid-April – Darwin hybrid tulips are usually at their peak in the Walled Garden and at the Estate Entry.

Late April – Hybrid azaleas and a variety of flowering shrubs await you in the Azalea and Shrub Gardens.

May to June – Our Rose Garden takes center stage as multiple species are in full bloom.

Mid-September to October – Hundreds of colorful chrysanthemums and salvias fill the Walled Garden 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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