This weekend my husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. If you have never visited before, being the largest privately owned home in the U.S. is no small order. They really do it right at Christmastime and have a beautiful display with the home decked out for the holidays. The Christmas tree in the main dining room stands over 35 feet tall! It was a great start to the Christmas season. Biltmore Estate offers daytime tours and also an incredible candlelight evening showing (which we were not able to attend, but I heard it was incredible!) They also have ample lodging and B&B's in the Asheveille area, great micro-breweries and even a winery. If you are interested in visiting, you can check it out by following this link here:
We stayed at the Oakland Bed and Breakfast which was extremely nice, reasonably priced and included a gourmet breakfast!
Unfortunately, Biltmore does not allow photography in the main residence, but fortunately for us, outside was another story. Normally they have beautiful outdoor gardens which I have visited during their 'Festival of Flowers' in April, but that will have to be another post. For wintertime gardening enjoyment, they have a beautiful conservatory filled with lovely tropical plants. You can see them here, of course, they also come with a holiday flare!
Many of the tropical plants I observed here were:
Tasmanian Tree Fern
AND an entire room of
About the Author:
Lori Hawkins, RLA, ASLA has been a registered landscape architect and active in the landscape design/build industry for over 29 years. For additional inspiring project pictures, design ideas, or great garden gifts, take a look at these websites:
GARDEN ART AND GIFTS: WWW.TriadGarden.com
DESIGN WORK PORTFOLIO: WWW.HawkinsLA.com.