Biltmore Blooms | Emily Wilson

April 10, 2016

Biltmore’s gardens and grounds are flourishing this spring as a progression of colorful blooms blankets the estate, paying homage to the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final professional project--George Vanderbilt’s gardens at Biltmore. The estate’s celebration of Olmsted’s vision and the beauty of springtime, Biltmore Blooms runs through May 26, 2016.

The Rose Chat Podcast had an opportunity recently to chat with Biltmore Horticulturalist Emily Wilson about this special time of year, also about “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” special exhibition of over 40 wedding dresses used in such films as "The Duchess." Emily shared with us some of the new roses planted in the walled garden of the estate and she also shared with us about how the Biltmore uses beneficial insects to combat pests in the garden. It's a conversation you don't want to miss. 

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For trip planning during Biltmore Blooms, stay up-to-date with what’s currently flowering with weekly reports from the estate’s Director of Horticulture, Parker Andes at

2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials

June 3, 2015

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a rose trial? Well the Rose Chat Podcast crew just returned from Asheville, North Carolina where we spent the weekend at the Biltmore International Rose Trials

Rose Chat Podcast hosts Chris VanCleave & Teresa Byington take you through the process of evaluating the roses entered into this prestigious trial. 
The nation's top rose gardeners gather in the walled rose garden at George and Edith Vanderbilt's fabulous rose garden to judge roses sent from breeders around the world. Who will win the coveted "Best In Show" award?  Tune in above to find out! 

2014 Biltmore International Rose Trials

June 18, 2014

Full coverage of the 2014 Biltmore International Rose Trials featuring interviews with some of the nations top rosarians including, Linda Cobb, Lynn Hunt and Rebecca Reed. We'll also chat with Ben Hanna from Heirloom roses and Brad Yoder from Star Roses and plants to get a perpective on the trials from those who have roses entered in the trials. 

Rose Trials coordinator Paul Zimmerman of Paul Zimmerman Roses talks about the winners!  


Biltmore Estate Rosarian - Lucas Jack

March 12, 2014

Lucas Jack - Biltmore Estate Rosarian Join us as we chat with Lucas Jack, the Biltmore Rosarian, will be with us to discuss what's going on in the garden, what they're adding to the garden and an update on the rose trials. Lucas brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to all things roses! Don't miss this interview.

About Biltmore:  Discover the wonders of Biltmore™ in Asheville. Begin with the breathtaking beauty of 250-room Biltmore House — America's largest home® — and century-old gardens. Explore the 8,000-acre backyard through a variety of activities from horseback riding to rafting. Experience Antler Hill Village that connects the estate's present and past, providing a relaxing place for dining, shopping, historical exhibits, and new ways to enjoy Biltmore's hospitality. Finally, savor the long-lasting benefits of a luxurious getaway at the four-star inn, Inn on Biltmore Estate.  

Biltmore Estate Rose Garden | Lucas Jack - Rosarian

March 9, 2013

  Lucas S. Jack - Biltmore Rosarian Lucas Jack has served as Biltmore’s Rosarian since 2011. In this role, his responsibilities include overseeing the care of 1,800 roses in the Historic Rose Garden and maintaining the space as a world class show garden for guests within the Historic Walled Garden. Lucas is also involved in research and restoration projects related to the Rose Garden, including efforts to restore the garden to the lush opulence it enjoyed in the 1930s. In addition, Lucas oversees Biltmore’s International Rose Trials.   At the age of 14, Lucas began working in landscaping and operated his own business for several years. In 2004, he interned with Biltmore’s Arboriculture Department. Three years later, Lucas graduated from Haywood Community College with a degree in Forestry. Lucas serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. He and his wife are the proud parents of one child and are expecting another.   A National Historic Landmark, Biltmore is the private home of the late George W. Vanderbilt, now owned by his grandson, William A. V. Cecil. The property, which has been open to the public since 1930, is completely self-sufficient and receives no outside funding. Biltmore includes America’s largest private residence, Biltmore House, designed by renowned 19th century architect Richard Morris Hunt, and the surrounding 8,000 acres of gardens and forests, landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted. Today, Biltmore has grown to include 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.