A few years ago I pulled up my deep California roots and headed for Asheville, North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Proof positive I was there is the photo above of a lovely row of Bradford pears, one of my favorites taken during the two years I was there. I have kept my association with Asheville alive through tendrils that reach through social media, email and telephone. So I was quite delighted to discover recently that the Biltmore Estate was about to feature its annual Flower Carpet event, and made the decision to invite you on a virtual tour, even though it’s been several years I myself was at the Biltmore, having made the journey in the company of my father when he came to visit.
the Biltmore House at nightfall
I am imagining many of you know the history of the Biltmore Estate, and surely many of you have visited the grounds. The Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt, who opened the house to his family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895. Imagine! The Biltmore is essentially a 250 room French Renaissance chateau, and the estate includes over 8,000 acres including, yes, the gardens, originally designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead. [Clickity click recommended!]
Biltmore Estate continues this marvelous annual event, based on a very old Indian tradition, beginning August 14! This year’s Flower Carpet design is a fleur de lis pattern based on a stone pillar found on the outside of Biltmore House. The plants being used in this year’s flower carpet include salvia, begonias, marigolds, zinnias, and dusty miller. [I promise to post a pic at the end of this post once they are available!] This wonderful display, featuring more than 100,000 plants on nearly one quarter of an acre is available to public through August 30th. More details here.
And if journeying to Asheville is just a bit of a stretch for you, here’s a treat: a vid that will give you an idea of how much work went into the Flower Carpet! Aren’t you glad they got to assemble it in the haze of an overcast sky? How amazing to have participated! Enjoy!
Love and gardening venture blessings!
Posted on August 11th, 2009 by Kathryn
Filed under: Field Trips