By Cat Kessler
Biltmore Estate Events for Spring 2021
Biltmore Blooms 2021: April 1-May 27, 2021
Welcome spring in high style at Biltmore with more than 110,000 flowers blooming in gardens fit for a Vanderbilt. At Biltmore Blooms, the estate's annual festival of flowers, the color and fragrance of orchids and thousands of spring bulbs steal the show.
When George Vanderbilt decided to build his 250-room family home in the mountains of Western North Carolina, he hired renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (also known for his role in designing New York's Central Park) to help his estate make a statement. Biltmore Blooms celebrates the natural progression of blooms dictated by Mother Nature and arranged by Olmsted and by the estate's current team of expert gardeners and horticulturists.
Dazzling Daffodils Begin the Show
As the spring season officially gets underway, a sea of bright yellow daffodils brighten the Walled Garden. Planted around the daffodils are pansies of every color you can imagine. The color contrast provides a gorgeous feast for the eyes.
Opulent Orchids on Display
Visitors to the estate can experience nearly 1,000 orchids in full bloom, showing off their tropical colors and exotic look. Check out the Conservatory to see a wide variety of species, but also take a look inside Biltmore House.
Tulips, Azaleas Then Take Center Stage
As the season progresses, nearly 80,000 tulips, transform the 4-acre Walled Garden into a can't-miss floral paradise. The tulips bloom in purple, pink, white and orange and last 3-4 weeks before making way for later season blooms in the shrub and azalea gardens.
From here, native azalea species, rhododendron, roses and other vibrant annuals and perennials burst into bloom.
Special in 2021
As you explore the gardens this season, experience the whimsical Biltmore Gardens Railway. This popular model train exhibition returns to multiple rooms of the Conservatory. Hundreds of feet of track carry G-scale locomotives and railcars. The track weaves through exotic botanicals and miniature replicas of estate landmarks.
Inside Biltmore House, the Art in Bloom exhibit pairs pieces of art from the Vanderbilt collection with floral arrangements created by the estate’s expert floral staff. Each arrangement interprets the colors, textures, form and shape of each work of art it is paired with.
Additional Biltmore House enhancements this spring include costumed vignettes in several rooms depicting important moments and interactions of the Vanderbilt family and the household staff. The clothing was reproduced by Academy Award-winning costume designer John Bright from archival photography of the Vanderbilts when they lived in Biltmore House in the late 1800s-early 1900s.
See the Stickwork sculpture by Patrick Dougherty
Explore a unique outdoor sculpture by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, known as “Stick Man,” at Biltmore's Antler Hill Village. Renowned worldwide for his monumental creations, Dougherty has woven willow branches together into an intricate artwork. You are invited to walk through it and around it, which affords you the opportunity to see the the detail up close.
Savor the Season
For those looking to enjoy the outdoors or a fine glass of wine amid the splendor of spring blooms, continue to explore Antler Hill Village. America's most-visited winery offers daily tastings of it's limited release spring wine, as well as the Vine to Wine Tour that takes oenophiles to the estate's vineyard and ends with a grand tasting.
If You Go: 2021 Biltmore Bloom Event Details
- Dates: April 1-May 27, 2021
- Book your visit with special spring savings by purchasing your ticket at least seven days in advance and receiving $8 off.
Flower photos by Jason Tarr of ExploreAsheville.com. Antler Hill Village photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company.