The Rose Garden of the Biltmore Estate, July 2015 Asheville, NC, USA
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The Biltmore Gardens are located on the 8,000 acres (12.5 Square Miles) of the estate. Features include an Italian Garden, Shrub Garden, Spring Garden, Walled Garden, Rose Garden, Conservatory, Azalea Garden, Bass Pond and Boat House, Statuary, and Water Features.
Featuring architectural details of Biltmore Mansion, a 178,926 square foot house with 250 rooms, 33 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. Also featured are the Greenhouse and Gardens sitting on 8,000 acres.
Biltmore Estate - House and Gardens - Asheville, North Carolina NC
Exterior photos and factoids of the Biltmore House, a National Historic Landmark, in Asheville, North Carolina. It is the largest private estate in the United States. There are pictures of some of the home's thousands of details that, because there are so many, are often overlooked. If visiting, plan a two-day tour to take in all the estate has to offer, including the house, gardens, winery, and inn. The Behind the Scenes and Rooftop tours are recommended. For more information, visit (Architect: Richard Morris Hunt; Landscape: Frederick Law Olmsted)
Biltmore Estate Rose Gardens Part One
2013 Rose gardens at Biltmore Estate.
Rose Chat @ The Biltmore International Rose Trials 2014
Rose Chat Podcast coverage of the 2014 Biltmore International Rose Trials. Rose breeders from around the world send roses to the famed walled rose garden on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina where they are entered into a rigorous NO Spray trial. Roses are judged on disease resistance, heat tolerance, form, vigor, fragrance and other criteria. This trial is one of only two in the United States. The trial is coordinated by rosarian Paul Zimmerman and the garden is maintained by expert horticulturist Lucas Jack.
Biltmore Estate. Asheville, North Carolina
Couldn't resist doing a tour of the Biltmore Estate. Incredible place to visit in NC.
North Carolina: Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate is a historic house museum and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2) of floor space (135,280 square feet of living area). Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants, it remains one of the most prominent examples of Gilded Age mansions.
In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age, George Washington Vanderbilt II began to make regular visits with his mother, Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt, to the Asheville area. He loved the scenery and climate so much that he decided to build his own summer house in the area, which he called his little mountain escape. His older brothers and sisters had built luxurious summer houses in places such as Newport, Rhode Island, and Hyde Park, New York. Vanderbilt named his estate Biltmore, derived from De Bilt, Vanderbilt's ancestors' place of origin in the Netherlands, and More, Anglo-Saxon for open, rolling land. Vanderbilt bought almost 700 parcels of land, including over 50 farms and at least five cemeteries; a portion of the estate was once the community of Shiloh. A spokesperson for the estate said in 2017 that archives show much of the land was in very poor condition, and many of the farmers and other landowners were glad to sell.
Construction of the house began in 1889. George Vanderbilt opened his opulent estate on Christmas Eve of 1895.
In an attempt to bolster the estate's financial situation during the Great Depression, Cornelia and her husband opened Biltmore to the public in March 1930 at the request of the City of Asheville, which hoped the attraction would revitalize the area with tourism.
After the divorce of the Cecils in 1934, Cornelia left the estate never to return; however, John Cecil maintained his residence in the Bachelors' Wing until his death in 1954. Their eldest son, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, occupied rooms in the wing until 1956. At that point Biltmore House ceased to be a family residence and continued to be operated as a historic house museum.
The Biltmore Company is privately held. Of the 4,306.86 acres that make up Biltmore Estate.
Vanderbilt commissioned prominent New York architect Richard Morris Hunt, who had previously designed houses for various Vanderbilt family members, to design the house in the Châteauesque style. Hunt used French Renaissance chateaus as inspiration.
The Banquet Hall is the largest room in the house, measuring 42 feet wide and 72 feet long, with a 70-foot-high barrel-vaulted ceiling. The table could seat 64 guests surrounded by rare Flemish tapestries and a triple fireplace that spans one end of the hall. On the opposite end of the hall is an organ gallery that houses a 1916 Skinner pipe organ. Left unfinished with bare brick walls, the Music Room was not completed and opened to the public until 1976. It showcases a mantle designed by Hunt, and a large engraving by Albrecht Dürer called the Triumphal Arch commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The mantle had been stored in the stable for over 80 years.
The basement level featured activity rooms including an indoor 70,000-gallon (265,000-litre and 265-cubic meter) heated swimming pool with underwater lighting, a bowling alley, and a gymnasium with once state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The service hub of the house is also found in the largest basement in the US, as the location for the main kitchen, pastry kitchen, rotisserie kitchen, walk-in refrigerators that provided an early form of mechanical refrigeration, the servants' dining hall, laundry rooms and additional bedrooms for staff.
There is an Italian formal garden, a walled garden, a shrub and rose garden, fountains, and a conservatory with individual rooms for palms and orchids. There was also a bowling green, an outdoor tea room, and a terrace to incorporate the European statuary that Vanderbilt had brought back from his travels. At the opposite end of the Esplanade is the Rampe Douce, a graduated stairway zigzagging along a rough-cut limestone wall that leads to the grassy slope known as the Vista, topped with a statue of Diana, the goddess of the hunt.
Wilson Rose Garden | NC Weekend | UNC-TV
Described as an oasis of the senses, this free public garden, featuring both roses and art pieces, led to the naming of Wilson as an American Rose City by the American Rose Society.
Biltmore: An American Castle, Ashville,North Carolina2015
Biltmore: An American Castle & gardens by Cornelius Vanderbilt, orchids in full bloom
North Carolina Arboretum
Join me as explore the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Gardens, bonsai trees and a model railroad to top it off.
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BILTMORE: OUR DOWNTON | Asheville, NC
Heather Burgiss heads to America’s largest home for the holidays to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the very special people behind the place called the “Downton of the Mountains,” Asheville’s Biltmore Estate. |
Asheville North Carolina Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore in Asheville North Carolina has been on Valerie's Bucket List for Some Time. Sprawling Lawns, Beautiful Gardens, Chihuly Glass Sculptures and V for Vanderbuilt (or Valerie) everywhere! Vanilla Ice Cream made from the Biltmore's own dairy and special recipe was a hit! And then a petting zoo and wine tasting! Yes Please! What a great time. It was a bit expensive but we definitely enjoyed everything that we could cram into a day with afternoon showers▶ Check out my gear on Kit:
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North/South Carolina trip July 2010
Park of Roses
Central Ohio's favorite playground.
Tour of Deerhaven estate and garden in Asheville, North Carolina
Deerhaven is a new estate home and garden in Asheville. It was built with one of kind materials for comfort and luxury, featuring local craftsman and local plants.
Here are a few links to recent stories on the estate at Deerhaven.
From the Asheville Citizen-Times: Sumptuous Mountainside Estate:
Home of the Week: The Katz estate in Deerhaven.
The Katz Estate: Home of the Week, part 2.
Soundproofing: the Invisible Upgrade -- From Pro Builder magazine.
NC Arboretum | Tourism
In addition to its roles in research and economic development, The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville attracts thousands of visitors to Western North Carolina and travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We continue our series on the Arboretum with a look at the substantial tourism draw it has for the region & the state.
Biltmore Photo Tour
Photo tour of Biltmore, the largest home in the United States.
NC Zoo Opens Honeybee Garden Exhibit
The North Carolina Zoological Park debuted a new Honeybee Garden exhibit in June 2009. The exhibit, which grows out of a long-time relationship with the North Carolina Beekeepers' Association, includes a working demonstration hive, a display of bee-related products, and a wide variety of plants and flowers related to healthy bee populations. Given that some 33% of the food in the United States depends on bee pollination, it is important that we solve the recent riddle of bee population decline, and that we respect and protect the bees we find in our own backyards.
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