Biltmore’s third annual flower carpet covers more than a fourth of an acre and took over a year to plan.
This year’s inspiration for the tapestry came from Mr. George Vanderbilt’s stained glass window collection, which was created in the 1880s by artist and interior designer John La Farge. Each year, Travis Murray leads the Biltmore gardening crew, who use over 100,000 plants to create this garden art.
For Biltmore’s first flower carpet, the team used plants of a certain height to create an even flow. The next year saw a diversity of heights and textures to pop specific elements in the design. Using this concept, this year the team used varying textures and heights to replicate the three-dimensional elements of La Farge’s windows.
The carpet’s color palette mimics the jewel-tones of the windows in glowing shades of red, orange, blue, yellow and gray. Travis’ execution of the flower carpet captures the sparkling qualities known as a hallmark of La Farge’s work.
The windows that inspired the floral masterpiece are also on display in Biltmore’s newest guest venue, Antler Hill Village.
The public can enjoy the flower carpet during day visits, or purchase a ticket for Flower Carpet Evenings now until September 12th. During the evenings, we can watch the sun setting over the tapestry, while enjoying live jazz. Picnic options, wine, beer and other beverages are all available for purchase. Get information on visiting Biltmore.