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Every Spring, the Biltmore Garden comes alive with a spectacular display of colorful blooms to honor the legacy of renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and his final project for the Vanderbilt Family. During this festival of flowers, held March 20th through May 24th, 100,000 bulbs are planted on the estate. Tulips flourish at Biltmore's main entrance and in the Walled Garden, which also showcases daffodils, hyacinths and other vibrant blossoms. Inside the Biltmore house, lavish flowers and tropical plants can also be admired. With a little over two months of viewing time, you can schedule your visit to Biltmore with the following timeline in mind.

The celebration will begin in late March, with 200 Orchids blooming inside the warm Conservatory. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1895, the grand Conservatory in the heart of Biltmore's Walled Garden, provides the house and the garden with flowers and tender bedding plants year-round. You can walk from the house or drive down to meander through the seasonal displays. In late March, you can also catch some of the other early bulbs blossom, like hyacinth, crocus, and kobus magnolias in the Walled Garden. 

By early April, 15,000 daffodils steal the show in the Walled Garden, and towering forsythia blooms in the Spring Garden. It's a great time to stroll through the gardens to discover a big variety of flowering shrubs and trees including spriea and flowering cherries. By mid-April, it's peak tulip time and this year's colors are purple, blush, white, yellow, and orange. The majority of the 74,000 tulips on the estate are in the Walled Garden. Dogwoods and redbuds provide their beautiful backdrop. By late April, you'll still have some tulips opening, along with early blooms in the azalea garden, and many flowering shrubs. 

Shades of pink, purple, orange, red, and white dot the landscape of the 20-acre azalea garden in early May. It's a wonderful opportunity to take a hike on the walking trails to discover blooms throughout the estate. By late May, the smell of the rose garden permeates the air. With more than 200 varieties, it's home to the Biltmore International Rose Trials. In the Walled Garden, summer annuals and perennials also take over. 

If you've been thinking about a trip to Asheville, Spring is a wonderful time to visit. The weather warms up a bit so you can get outdoors and explore everything the mountain town has to offer. AAA Travel can help you plan a memorable trip to see Biltmore Blooms at the Biltmore Estate. Our expert travel agents can book your discounted lodging in a hotel of your choice, arrange transportation, and find you additional member discounts. Visit your local AAA Travel Office or call 1-800-463-8646 for discounts on tickets to Biltmore Estate, and to book your trip today!

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