Radiant Orchids Brighten Biltmore's ConservatoryGuided tours showcase exotic blooms in every hue
color experts at Pantone name "radiant orchid" the color of the year for 2014, the Conservatory at Biltmore is opening their doors to show off their own orchid collection built over more than a century.
Apart from the beautiful architectural design and the warmth that makes it a welcome destination on a chilly day, George W. Vanderbilt's 7,000-square food conservatory holds numerous plant species from near and far, including palms, cacti, ferns and—of course—orchids. When George Vanderbilt was filling his conservatory, he actually had more than 800 different orchids on his wish list. Biltmore’s orchid expert Jim Rogers has actually procured some of the heritage varieties on the original list, and they can be seen on display in the Conservatory today.
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