The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, seasonal favorites like daffodils, tulips and violets herald the arrival of spring with their showy blooms, and as the season progresses, budding wildflowers climb in elevation to the tops of the highest peaks. It is this progression that provides Asheville with one of the longest wildflower seasons in the country, extending from March all the way through October.
April through June offers the best opportunity to see the most blooms appearing at one time. During these months, the forests are covered with flowering trillium, lady slippers, japonicas, jack-in-the-pulpits, wild ginger, evening primrose, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and hundreds of other species. Popular places for wildflower hunting include Craggy Gardens and Graveyard Fields, or choose from our recommended places to hike near Asheville. Our spring flower bloom schedule will give you an idea of what to look for during your visit.
The fertile grounds of the Asheville valley are a gardener’s paradise, and you’ll find our area floral displays are so well crafted, they’re practically works of art. Western North Carolina’s largest showcase of flowers is the annual Biltmore Blooms. This masterpiece of gardening runs from March through May and features over 130,000 flowers. Other beautiful gardens include the North Carolina Arboretum, the Botanical Gardens of Asheville and a number of secret gardens you can tour by appointment only.