Visiting the Vanderbilt’s Conservatory and Walled gardens
Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, the gardens closest to the house were completed in the style of French Gardens. Travel away from the home and you'll notice English style. Visiting the Vanderbilt’s conservatory and the walled gardens are a real treat for the senses with the combination of colors and smells. It is is open year-round, but the best time to go is during their “Festival of Flowers” event in the spring. If you’re lucky, one of the many wild animals that still call the estate home such as black bear, wild turkey, or even a Peregrine Falcon may make an appearance. Biltmore was once the home of one of the first forestry schools in the nation tasked with managing his estate forests. Vanderbilt made sure that upon his death, most of them were conserved, now known as Pisgah National Forest. The grounds at the estate are 8,000 acres of 135,000 the Vanderbilts originally purchased in 1888.