Biltmore Gardens in August

Billie and I visited the flower gardens on the Biltmore Estate on August 15 and found that some policies are now in place to cater to those primarily interested in visiting the flower gardens and greenhouse area.  A parking attendant met us as we approached the house and asked our interest in visiting the Estate, and when we told him we did not plan to go to the house but were rather more interested in the flower gardens, he suggested that we turn on our flashers and proceed through the parking areas to park near the greenhouse area below the house.  This was welcome because it saved us a bit of a walk and we got to our primary interest much more quickly.

Lawn ornaments are for sale in the Garden Shop

The primary color on display during our visit is RED.

Masses of burgundy coleus dominate the gardens today

Amaranthus caudatus continues the theme of burgundy and red

Amaranthus caudatus is a species of annual flowering plant. It goes by common names such as love-lies-bleeding, pendant amaranth, tassel flower, velvet flower, foxtail amaranth, and quilete.  I was not familiar with this striking plant but am happy that we found it in the gardens.

Red and pink blooms abound in the gardens

The Biltmore House looms above the shaded walkway leading to the gardens.

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Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Appalachian State University.
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