At Biltmore, spring explodes with floral fireworks as over 80,000 blossoms burst into bloom. Nothing shouts spring like tulips, which fill the Walled Garden with a rainbow of hues. The Biltmore gardeners work to create picture-perfect scenes. “Our gardeners get to enjoy spring’s beautiful, long procession of blooms,” says Parker Andes, Director of Horticulture. “For guests, we aim for snapshots that are as great as they can be.”
A favorite reason gardeners cherish some plants is that they remind us of good people in our lives. This Louisiana iris was given by an old horticulture professor, who simply dug up a plant from his own garden and cut its thick rhizomes into short bits, each with a swollen leaf bud. Iris rhizomes can be stored for awhile, but to avoid rot and slug damage, plant so the top of each rhizome slightly above ground, and avoid heavy mulches.