Scenic Sunday: Biltmore’s Italian Garden

The Italian Garden on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

This is my post for the Scenic Sunday meme, which shares beautiful scenes from around the world.  To see more Scenic Sunday posts, or to join and show your own pictures, click HERE.

We celebrated Betsy’s birthday a couple of weeks ago by going to the Biltmore Estate.  We have season passes and try to get there every month or so to see the beautiful gardens.  There are several gardens on the estate, which change with the seasons, and each is beautiful.

We spent most of our time on this visit in the Italian Garden, which is the garden closest to the house.  The garden was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed Central Park in New York City) as an outdoor room for George Vanderbilt and his guests.

One of the pools in Biltmore's Italian Garden. August 5, 2011.

The Italian Garden contains three symmetrical pools full of aquatic plants, beautiful lawns and classical statuary.  There are benches which invite people to sit and enjoy the beauty around them.  (To see another treatment of this photo, click HERE).

Water lilies, Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina. August 5, 2011.

Much of the beauty of the Italian Garden comes from the gorgeous blossoms of the water lily.

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10 Responses to “Scenic Sunday: Biltmore’s Italian Garden”

  1. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    What a delightful looking place! I would love to visit there! Your photos are the next best thing! I do hope you and Betsy have had a lovely weekend! Enjoy your week ahead!

    Sylvia

  2. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    I am not a very formal person, but the fancy gardens are gorgeous!!!!

  3. Karin Says:

    Such a beautiful, beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

  4. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Each set of pictures from the Biltmore is so beautiful.

  5. dayphoto Says:

    I would love to work there and be a gardener! The things I could learn!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

  6. Neal Says:

    We’ve got to go back there again. It’ s been quite some time since we’ve been there so I imagine the price has probably doubled.

  7. Rose Says:

    Those lily pads are just beautiful…

  8. diane Says:

    It must be lovely to sit in that garden and just contemplate. Great lily shots.

  9. Watery Wednesday #154: Biltmore Reflections « Senior Moments Says:

    […] taking pictures of some of the water lilies in Biltmore’s Italian Garden (you can see that HERE), I noticed this reflection of the sky in the water of one of the pools.  I couldn’t resist […]

  10. Loren Says:

    I honestly think if I was there I would just be sooo in awe I would forget to take pics! But oh how you & Betsy make me want to go there!!! Soooo breathtaking

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