We are season passholders at Biltmore and visit the estate several times a year. This time I was hoping to tour the town of Asheville, North Carolina as a contribution to Scott Thomas Photography’s photo essay: Travel Photography, but due to the rain we had to cut our trip short and only get to visit Biltmore Flower Carpet. Every picture tells a story and I hope to share this through my photo essay.
I believe that everyone has their own story to tell of how they came to live at where they are, and George Vanderbilt also has his story that is now a part of America history. When we got to Biltmore on Saturday morning, the parking lot closest to the house was filled and we had to take the shuttle bus to get there. The bus driver gave us a little insight of how George came to live in Ashville NC, this was of course not the first time that I have heard the story.
George was the youngest son, and he had to care for his ailing mother after his dad passed away, and the doctor recommended the fresh air and hot spring for the cure, so they spent several times a year traveling from New York to North Carolina. George then decided to build a house to save on the hotel expenses while staying in North Carolina, so he built a house, and supposedly starting out with 3,500 square feet (Sqf) or something along the line. When you build your own home, you always make changes and this 3,500 Sqf then turned into a 175,000 Sqf America’s largest home and to put this into perspective, the white house is only 55,000 Sqf, so almost 3 times the size of the white house. The mansion was completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room French château is a real life wonder. This image below was taken on a nicer sunny day in April of this year.
I’ve made a video of the Flower Carpet and added a French music called Au Rivera, after all Biltmore Estate is a French château.
The rain is not so bad for the flowers, but definitely not good for photographers. I had a good 2-3 hours in the morning without rain.
The Flower Carpet is a living work of art that sits on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. Their garden experts draw upon all their artistic talents to select and weave 155,000 plants into a pattern inspired by a rare stained glass window now on display in the Biltmore Legacy (source: Biltmore brochure).
This is indeed a larger than life flower carpet. I will try to do another photo essay if I get a chance to visit Ashville before September 8th assignment due date.
I also visited ECU at the end of August, Travel Photography: A Visit to ECU.