If you’re visiting Asheville (or if you live in the area) one of the things I highly, highly recommend you do between the end of April and beginning of May is visit the Azalea Gardens at The Biltmore Estate. They are exquisite. I wish I could share the fragrance with you along with these photos.
If you arrive early (as in, right when the Estate opens) and park down near the gardens you’ll probably be lucky enough (especially on a weekday) to have your own private sanctuary for a good half an hour before more guests head your way. Along with the birds, bees, and bunnies, that is!
We have had so much rain (and thunderstorms, and even a tornado warning!) this week, so the flowers were still pretty wet the morning I visited.
It makes for a nice floral carpet, though, no?
I had such a relaxing time wandering down the path, absorbing all the color. The kids were in school so it really was quiet (except for the aforementioned birds). However, I have taken the kids on this same walk before and it’s great exercise for them, too!
Loved the morning sunshine (around 9:30am)…
…and the petals on the rocks.
I tried to take some wide shots to really give you an idea of the scope of these gardens…
…love, love, loved this misty grove near the Bass Pond.
Of course, there’s plenty to see when the flowers aren’t in bloom, too. It’s such a gorgeous place!
Last photo of the morning – I had to pull over to the side of the road for this shot when I saw that mama and papa goose were out & about with their babies. (Thanks to a telephoto lens, I wasn’t really that close to them; I know to stay away from hissing geese even after trying to explain myself.)
PS. If you’re a Biltmore bride, I think the Azalea Gardens (especially when in bloom) would make an excellent location for your bridal portraits!