ASHEVILLE — While every season brings unique touches to a Biltmore visit, springtime 2018 offers new estate offerings. Biltmore Blooms begins the first day of spring and this year’s celebration includes not only flowers coloring acres of gardens, but also a major new costume exhibition, a new wine release and botanical art installation in the Winery, and much more.
Biltmore’s spring gardens
Biltmore’s grounds flourish this spring as a progression of colorful blooms blanket the estate, paying homage to the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final professional project – George Vanderbilt’s gardens at Biltmore. The estate’s celebration of Olmsted’s vision and the beauty of springtime, Biltmore Blooms, kicks off March 20 and runs through May 24, 2018.
In the earliest days of Biltmore Blooms, guests enjoy the tropical hues of orchids in the Conservatory as the exotic flowers reach peak bloom in March. Crocus, forsythia and daffodils are among the first blooms in the outdoor gardens, which give way to thousands of tulips in April with a concentrated tulip bloom occurring in Biltmore’s Walled Garden pattern beds. May promises irises, roses, and acres of azaleas with mountain laurels and rhododendrons close behind. The estate’s bloom schedule continues into the summer.
For trip planning during Biltmore Blooms, stay up to date with what’s currently flowering with weekly reports from the estate’s director of horticulture Parker Andes at Biltmore.com/bloomreport.
Gardening tips and design inspiration
To get the most out of the gardens during this wonderful time of year, join Biltmore’s gardening and design experts as they offer tips and techniques, included with the price of estate admission. Weekend ‘Ask a Gardener’ stations in the Walled Garden allow guests to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. “Effortless Orchids,” a free demonstration on creating spring arrangements, takes place daily at 1 p.m. at A Gardener’s Place at the Conservatory.
Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the movie special exhibition
This spring, visitors have the added bonus of touring a special exhibition included with regular estate admission, Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie. The first large-scale exhibition of fashions from “Titanic,” the Oscar-winning film, runs through May 13, 2018. The exhibition represents the extensive wardrobes preferred by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. Guests will learn more about the Vanderbilts’ extensive travels while viewing the exhibition’s costumes. “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design in 1998.
Seasonal activities and events
Annual Easter egg hunt — Sunday, April 1
One of the largest in the southeast, Biltmore’s annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Easter Sunday, April 1, on the front lawn of Biltmore House. Entertainment is for children aged 2 through 9 and includes sweet treats, magic shows and photos with the Easter Rabbit. Hunts begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration begins two hours before each hunt. Parents should bring their own baskets for children to collect eggs. The Easter Egg Hunt is included in regular estate admission.
Special dining experiences
• Easter Sunday brunch — On April 1, special Easter Sunday brunches are served at both The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Deerpark Restaurant.
• Mother’s Day Brunch — On Sunday, May 13, special Mother’s Day brunches are being served at both The Dining Room at The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Deerpark Restaurant.
New beginnings at Biltmore Winery
The most visited winery in the U.S. gets a refresh this spring with a botanical display and a new wine release.
• A Botanical Work of Art — The Winery will feature a one-of-a-kind multimedia installation featuring handcrafted paper and metal blossoms – some as large as four feet wide. Inspired by George Vanderbilt’s passion for fine arts and our historic gardens, these blooms are reminiscent of magnolias, dogwoods, poppies, and roses at their most vibrant.
• Limited release Spring seasonal wine — The 2018 Spring Wine-a-Rosé features fruit-forward notes of strawberry, kumquat and lime.
Spring break getaways
Spring days are perfect for exploring Biltmore’s 8,000 acres of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Outdoor Adventure Center offers Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, kayaking and float trips along the French Broad River, the Land Rover Driving Experience and more. Young guests can also encounter chicks, goats and lambs at the Farmyard in Antler Hill Village.