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Last year we took an April trip to the Biltmore Estates in North Carolina to view the house and gardens. It was a bit early in the year for spectacular gardens, but enough plants and trees were either blooming or on the verge of blooming to give me an idea of the magnificence of this estate.

Biltmore’s grandeur isn’t just in the acres of flowers, but in the fact that everything on the mountain you can see from the terrace was once stripped of all vegetation by loggers. The mountain was literally rock and dirt.


Today, as far as the eye can see, the hillsides are covered in trees. Reforested by planting thousands and thousand of trees. The landscape impressed me even more than the house, and that’s saying a lot, because Biltmore is a magnificent dwelling.

Let’s go Through the Garden Gates at Biltmore Estates!


A garden gate in the lower gardens



stairway to the lower gardens


view of the tulip gardens ready to bloom




The most beautiful tree in the garden


View of the mansion from the gardens

Have you ever been to Biltmore? What was the garden like during your visit?

To see more gardens search Through the Garden Gates on this blog or A Writer’s Garden.