From March through May, North Carolina will be awash with blooms from the mountains to the coast with daffodils, tulips, azaleas, and more!
One of the most popular flower festivals in NC is at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Get ready to feast your eyes on this annual premier springtime event from March 20 – May 23. The gardens were designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.
George Biltmore had this estate built to be his family’s country retreat where they could come and relax and entertain guests when they wanted a respite from city life. Visitors can step down into the glass-domed Winter Garden. This room was a place to relax and entertain while surrounded by lush plants and flowers. During this time only, you can sit and enjoy music and the fabulous collection of fragrant, exotic orchids.
See the progression of blooms beginning in the gardens, a display of potted tropical plants and flowers inside the Biltmore House, moving on to a massive tulip bloom across the estate along with muti-colored azaleas, and rhododendron and roses in the Historic Rose Garden.
Just in case you didn’t know, there is more to this event than just magnificent flowers. Other festival events include live Music on the Bandstand, Conservatory, and classical music near the Winter Garden. At the Walled Garden there are gardening seminars and the estate restaurants feature special menu items. The winery offers wine seminars and to top off the fun there’s a grape stomp. On the last day of the festival visit the Rose Garden where international judges will determine the top roses in the Annual Biltmore International Rose Trial Competition.
Another flower festival in the mountains is the Garden Jubilee Festival in Historic Downtown Hendersonville. The festival is on Saturday, May 24 & Sunday, 25, 2014, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (both days). Unfortunately no animals are allowed.
If you just have to see more gorgeous flowers or you happen to be on the coast, then you must attend the 67th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. This renowned festival offers five days of events starting with the Queen’s coronation and ending with a circus. They even have a Festival app on their website for the iPhone and Android to keep you abreast of all event details.
After the snowy North Carolina winter we’ve had you’re sure to find a progression of flowering beautifulness that screams “spring is here!”
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