Thursday, August 12, 2010


Wednesday morning everyone was up and ready to get on the first shuttle to travel to the 'house' for our last full day at the Biltmore Estate.

It's been unusually warm here in the mountains so Sara, Carol, Helen and I decided to head to the formal floral gardens and conservatory while it was still fairly cool.

You'll see beautifully arranged plantings, staircases, stone walls, and arches everywhere you look.

Many trees, including fruit trees are trained to grow along stone walls...... What an easy way to harvest the flowers and fruit!

The color combinations are breathtaking......

A view from a grape arbor tunnel.

I loved this water feature.......especially the small glass balls.

The formal rose garden was lovely. The maintenance must be constant.....we saw almost no flower heads past their prime.
The conservatory is filled with artfully arranged plant displays.

I hadn't been familiar with this tree.....a Flowering Maple from Brazil.

This is a Silk Floss Tree.....

I was happy to see Horsetails on display........this plant has been the subject of my last two woolfelt quilts. One piece is still for sale here.

Here's an example of the attention to detail you'll find everywhere at the Biltmore. What clever door handles to the garden shop!

Our farewell dinner will conclude our day......stay tuned......

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