curated by horticulturist Chauncey Beadle in 1890. The
Azalea Garden Path is a 1/3 mile walk, beginning at the
Conservatory and winding down to the Bass Pond. Other
walking paths and trails are available, including the Rhododendron Loop, which is only 1/8 mile long. In all, the
garden paths offer 2. 5 total miles of strolls through landscaped gardens.
The Spring Garden features shrubs that bloom in the
springtime, including spirea, mock orange, forsythia, and
deutzia. This garden is nestled within a grove of hemlock
and white pine trees.
At the Walled Garden, you can walk through two long arbors entwined with dangling blooms from a variety of flowering vines. The arbors are flanked on either side by a formal
patterned garden featuring hyacinths, chrysanthemums, daffodils, and a selection of perennial flowering plants.
The Butterfly Garden is another wonderful attraction,
with bushes and flowers designed to attract winged creatures. A walking path and benches allow visitors to enjoy
this garden at their own pace.
The Shrub Garden offers a personal view of 500 different types of shrubs, trees, and plants. Many of the species
featured here were very popular in the early part of the 20th
For those who enjoy more structured outdoor land-
scapes, the Italian Garden has classical statuary among for-
mal water features. Lilypads and koi are among the visual
delights in this garden.
Love roses? On May 23, visitors can watch as international judges decide which flowers in the Historic Rose Garden are the highest quality specimens. This garden features
more than 250 varieties of roses.
No garden lover could pass up the opportunity to visit
Antler Hill Village, which features 15 acres of exquisite container gardens, perennials, and historic trees. While you’re
there, enjoy the exhibition in the Biltmore Legacy building
where you can get an intimate glimpse at the family life
and adventures of the Vanderbilt family. Highlights on display include an early model Harley-Davidson motorcycle,
numerous tiny jade sculptures collected by a family member, information about the Vanderbilts’ connection with the
ill-fated Titanic voyage, and a turn-of-the-century golf ball
recently discovered on the grounds.
If you’re bringing the grandchildren along, you may want
to time your arrival for April 20, when the Easter Bunny
will appear on the front lawn of the estate. Three different
Easter egg hunts will take place, in addition to storytelling,
magic shows, crafts, and other entertainment for children.
Make this spring special with a visit to the Biltmore
Estate and gardens! I-L