Biltmore’s Flower Carpet to feature living tapestry

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Jewel-tone colors of stained glass are the inspiration for this year’s Flower Carpet event at Biltmore, set for Aug. 20 through Sept. 12, on the South Terrace of Biltmore House.

Biltmore’s third annual Flower Carpet – made up of more than 100,000 plants – takes its shape and color from a set of 1880s stained glass windows created by innovative artist and interior designer John La Farge. These windows, part of George Vanderbilt’s vast art collection, are now on display at Biltmore’s new Antler Hill Village.

Unlike traditional stained glass artists whose works were flat and
conservative, La Farge incorporated three-dimensional elements and
layers of complex plating to provide depth. This revolutionary style
allowed for the rounded and faceted glass to form sparkle-like jewels.
Biltmore’s Travis Murray, crew leader of the Walled Garden, created
the magnificent design for this year’s Flower Carpet.

Plant selections have been chosen to glow in shades of red, orange,
blue, yellow and grey throughout the 14,400 square-foot design. These
include Iresine Purple Lady; Marigold Janie Tangerine; Coleus Dark
Star fading into Angelonia’s from dark purple, lavender to white;
Marigold Janie Bright Yellow; Zinnia Profusion White; Euphorbia
Diamond Frost and Zinnia Angustifolia Star White; Begonia Prelude Rose
and Harmony Scarlet.

On select evenings, the estate will be open for Flower Carpet Evenings
(Aug. 20, 21, 27, 28; Sept. 10, 11). Soft lighting, beautiful sunset
views and live jazz music create a special ambiance for viewing the
carpet. Evening guests will also be able to take a candlelight tour
through Biltmore House. Picnic options will be available by
reservation online or by phone when purchasing tickets. Wine, beer and
non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on site. A
dining concierge will be stationed at the event to assist with dinner
reservations at Bistro, Arbor Grill or The Dining Room.

For additional information on the Flower Carpet event, please call 877-
BILTMORE or visit www.biltmore.com.

About Biltmore
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of
George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s
largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the
Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and
antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including
renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of
American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include
the new Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery
and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian
Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues and Biltmore
For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn
more about Biltmore, or book a visit to Biltmore, go to
www.biltmore.com or call 877-

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