Now here’s some Garden Buzz : Christmas at Biltmore!

 

Christmas at Biltmore
November 6, 2009–January 3, 2010

I don’t do many Garden Buzz Focus posts (posts which feature places or events that I have not personally seen),  but during this time of year there are a lot of wonderful garden destinations around the country offering amazing holiday experiences.  Biltmore is one of those places. So today is a sampling of what Biltmore has to offer this holiday season!

This month there is nearly something for everyone at Biltmore. In the main mansion there are Christmas trees by the dozens, wreaths, poinsettias and decor that make for a magical setting.  There  are also complimentary wine tastings at the Winery, gardens to visit, and the River Bend Farm. In the evenings, by candle light, Biltmore proudly offers, “choirs singing European carols, vintage ballroom dancers, and dramatic Christmas readings.”

During Candlelight Christmas Evenings guests will be greeted with a forest of evergreens on the Front Lawn.

During Candlelight Christmas Evenings guests will be greeted with a forest of evergreens on the Front Lawn. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

There are a total of fortyone trees.  Fraser firs, seen below in the Banquet hall were prefered during the turn of the century, due to their fragrance. Biltmore uses the Fraser each year to this day, decorated inside the main mansion and ranging in sizes from as small as 4 feet tall to as large as 35 feet. Biltmore adds that they, “also uses some live ball and burlap Holly trees.” If that is not enough, there are, “fifty eight more decorated trees at other estate facilities such as the Winery, Inn on Biltmore Estate, restaurants, offices, etc.”

Banquet Tree The tradition of having a tree in this room goes back to 1895 when George Vanderbilt first opened the home to his family and friends.

Banquet Tree: Biltmore House’s holiday centerpiece, a 34-foot Fraser fir, spends the holidays in the 72-foot high Banquet Hall, adorned with lights and surrounded by gifts. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

The Banquet Hall tree (seen above and below) features, “500 gift boxes, 500 ornaments and 500 electric lights.”

Banquet Hall,

Banquet Hall. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

Additionally, “The four 14-foot trees in the Tapestry Gallery glitter with 400 German-blown glass ornaments, 600 mini white lights, and 80 feet of dried and silk garland decorate.”

Tapestry Gallery

Tapestry Gallery. During Christmas at Biltmore tall trees line the 90-foot-long halls of the Tapestry Gallery As guests enter the Library a warm glow from the room's large fireplace is cast upon the bookshelves and the Pellegrini ceiling canvas. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

They also state their displays include, “9000 feet of fresh garlands are used during the season. Silk, dried, and artificial garlands add another 900 feet in Biltmore House and around 900 feet in other areas.” Looks to be a Christmas extravaganza!

 

Holiday Facade Holiday Facade. Biltmore House is decked with dozens of trees, miles of evergreen roping, thousands of ornaments and a live 35-foot Fraser fir each year during Christmas at Biltmore.

Holiday Facade. Biltmore House is decked with dozens of trees, miles of evergreen roping, thousands of ornaments and a live 35-foot Fraser fir each year during Christmas at Biltmore. Photo by the Biltmore Company.

Even the very private rooms of the Vanderbuilts are decorated to the hilt!

Holiday decor in Edith Vanderbilt's Bedroom coordinates with the room's gold silk and purple accents.

Holiday decor in Edith Vanderbilt's Bedroom coordinates with the room's gold silk and purple accents. Photo by The Biltmore Company

Besides the holiday carolers, there are also harpists.

During Christmas at Biltmore, musicians perform on the Third Floor of Biltmore House.

During Christmas at Biltmore, musicians perform on the Third Floor of Biltmore House. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

As for the flowers, there are poinsettas everywhere.

The Library is particularly inviting during Candlelight Christmas Evenings with a fire in the massive fireplace throwing dancing shadows across more than 10,000 books.

The black marble fireplace surround and walnut overmantle in George Vanderbilt's impressive library are decorated with garlands made by the Biltmore floral staff during the holiday season.. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

Biltmore’s Christmas celebration continues the Vanderbilt holiday traditions with, “…nearly  100 decorated Christmas trees, more than 1,000 wreaths and bows, 1,450 poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland and thousands of ornaments.”

The Library is particularly inviting during Candlelight Christmas Evenings with a fire in the massive fireplace throwing dancing shadows across more than 10,000 books.

The Library is particularly inviting during Candlelight Christmas Evenings with a fire in the massive fireplace throwing dancing shadows across more than 10,000 books. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

If you’re anywhere near Ashville, North Carolina and you haven’t been to Biltmore, this sounds like a great time to go.  I really look forward to seeing this next year or hopefully soon after.

During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, the Oak Sitting Room glows in the light from candles and matching fireplaces at either end of the room.

During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, the Oak Sitting Room glows in the light from candles and matching fireplaces at either end of the room. Photo by The Biltmore Company.

If all goes well, I may be able to see Biltmore even earlier in the Spring to finally catch their world renouned gardens.   Now that deseves a week!  Well, thanks for indulging my Garden Buzz Focus today.  I do think Biltmore deserves some good Bee Buzz!  And if you are able to make it, please send some photos to the Bee and I’ll share them on the site!

Tomorrow’s feature will take us to Pennsylvania.  I had the opportunity to go up and photograph this year’s holiday display titled, “A Longwood Christmas.”   Boy, was it worth the trip!

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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  5. A Taste of Biltmore’s Gardens by guest blogger Julia Schmalz

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