A view back at the house from the path leading to the Biltmore's Italian garden.
The estate's grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted...the landscape architect most noted for his design of New York's Central Park.
Yeah...that guy. Pretty impressive! Originally the property was just heavy forest; under Olmsted the wooded vistas and garden's took shape. Biltmore claims that the grounds were the first "managed" forest in America.
All sorts of interesting tree specimens were planted in "display" mode...you couldn't help but notice the huge trees set apart on small knolls with identifying signs to inform you of where the tree naturally grew.
The walk way dividing the garden was covered with lathe and shady grapevines and clematis.
At the end of the walk was a small "English" garden area, and then the hot house.edible items together with floral items. Chard is a lovely way of adding height to a potted combination.
Wardian case. I'd love a Wardian case. (Named after Mr. Ward who traveled about collecting plants and noticed that plants sealed up in glass cases continued to grow. He eventually displayed a fern that had been growing for 16 years without additional water sealed up in a glass box. Mr. Ward..the Father of the Terrarium.)
The funniest moment of the time in the hot house: A woman informing her rather disinterested husband that THIS was rhubarb. She even made him walk over to it so she could point it out up close.
I managed to keep out of it, and keep my mouth shut...and it wasn't easy for me to do so either.Vanderbilt's I surely would have spent some time with a friend drinking tea and chatting in this scene.
through the gardens to get to our next stop. It was at that point I noticed the espaliered fruit trees against the garden walls.
Canada geese of course!
(They really are everywhere.que of Canadas to pass. They just kept coming and coming....