This is your official source for the 2013 spring bloom report in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Each week we'll tell you where spring blooms are most prevalent in the mountains. Be sure to visit this page weekly for the most current spring updates.
Spring is in peak bloom right now. You'll find Frasier Magnolias flowering at the Dupont State Forest as well as stands of catesby trillium, bright pink mountain laurel, pink and yellow lady slippers and shasta daisies.
Another great spot for petal hunting this week is one of Asheville's public gardens, the Botanical Gardens of Asheville. This 10-acre wooded enclave near central Asheville is seeing multiple blooms right now, including magnolias, false goats beard and dutchman's pipe. This garden is free to visitors.
At Chimney Rock State Park they are reporting mountain laurel with small umbrella-shaped pinkish flowers starting to burst with color. Also find wild columbine, fire pinks and poplar trees in bloom.
Take time to smell the roses! These symbols of love and romance are springing up around town and there are a few places to find them. The NC Arboretum is hosting the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Annual Exhibition this week where award-winning roses of every color and size will be featured. At Biltmore, take time to peruse the lower portion of the Walled Garden, which showcases a collection of over 1,400 modern and heirloom roses. While you're in downtown, stroll through the rose garden at the Basilica of St. Lawrence, an architectural treasure in Asheville.
Enjoy the wildlife in Asheville from wherever you may be. Introducing Obi-Wan and Olive, two playful stars of our new Ottercam! These North American river otters call the WNC Nature Center their home and you can see them swimming around every day. Watch them live!
Also see: Container Gardens: How to tips from the gardening experts at Biltmore.
Thanks to Byron Robinson of B&D Photography for submitting his great spring bloom photos taken in Ashe County, North Carolina. We want to see the beauty of spring from your perspective. Submit a hi-res image to email@example.com and you may see your photo appear in one of our upcoming spring bloom reports.
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This is a brief listing of some of the flowers to look for in and around Asheville this spring. The Western North Carolina area is fortunate to have a variety of elevations and terrain, thus making exact pinpointing of a bloom schedule impossible. Spring flower bloom schedules are estimated based on previous years.