In Asheville, North Carolina, about a two-hour drive from Charlotte, flower lovers can walk through a 20-acre azalea garden at the Biltmore Estate, according to a recent report from the Charlotte Observer.
This year will be the 26th anniversary of Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers and will run from April 2 to May 15.
Flowers on display include vast lawns of tulips in all colors – ranging from white, pink and purple to yellow and red flowers. Other flowers include orange snapdragons, poppies, dianthus and digitalis, as well as lavender alyssums.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will also be held at the Biltmore estate on April 24 at three different times of the day. Children’s activities include magic shows, music and story time, as well as a grape stomp in the afternoon.
The landscape on the estate was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who is described as the founder of American landscape architecture, according to FrederickLawOlmstead.com.
Olmstead was born in Connecticut in 1822 and once served as the superintendent of Central Park in New York City. Eventually, Olmstead started his own firm which – by the time he retired in 1895 – had taken on 550 projects.
The Biltmore Estate is a national historic landmark and was once the home of George Vanderbilt. The 8,000-acre estate now features an inn, a farm, a winery, as well as many restaurants and places to shop. There is even an equestrian center associated with the estate.
George Washington Vanderbilt III was the son of William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Louisa Kissam. George Vanderbilt III was born in 1862 and beginning at the age of 12, he kept a diary listing all of the titles and authors of the books that he read. By the time he died at age 51, Vanderbilt had read an average of 81 books per year.
The Biltmore Estate Flower Festival will also feature a Walled Garden and a total of about 100,000 tulip blooms.
Even if one does not live in close proximity of North Carolina, there are ways to bring tulips of all colors into one’s home by having flowers delivered. Assortments ranging from rainbow tulips, white tulips and Holland Queen tulips to purple tulips and Royal Dutch tulips can be purchased online.