My number 1 favorite thing about Asheville- Springtime!
Spring here in the western North Carolina Mountains is long and glorious. It is my favorite time of year. The afternoon sun is warm and the mornings are crisp. Everything is starting to bud and a fresh green gradually spreads over the hillsides. It’s the perfect time to see the mountain landscapes, before the leaves on the trees are so large as to obscure your view. First are the Lenten Rose Hellebores popping up through last Fall’s leaves as soon as the days begin to warm.
Then the flowering trees blossom in colorful waves, from Magnolias to Redbuds to Bradford Pears to all varieties of Cherry. Soon will come the dogwoods and azaleas. The spring festivals and events have already started too and there’s so much to do this time of year in and around Asheville. Here are some ways to enjoy the mountain spring in and around Asheville.
Biltmore Blooms! This festival of flowers started March 19th and runs through the end of May. The meticulously tended formal gardens of America’s largest home are a delight to visit, even if the magnificent Biltmore Estate and winery were not over the top enough!
Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway! This scenic drive literally wraps around the city of Asheville. Part of the National Park system, it winds 469 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the wide range of elevations, just in the Asheville area alone, means that a rich variety of flowering trees and bushes can be found throughout the Spring and Summer. A guide to when and where to find peak blooms can be found at the Blue Ridge Parkway Association. Or you can call (828) 298-0398 and select option 7 for the up to date local wildflower report. The Blue Ridge Parkway is well known for it’s Flame Azaleas, Catawba Rhododendron’s and Mountain Laurels.
Attend one of the many Floral Festivals happening this Spring in and around Asheville! The Asheville Orchid Festival is April 15-17th. Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Orchid Society, this is a judged show held in the Education Center at the NC Arboretum. They are also hosting the Rhododendron & Azalea Flower Show April 30th to May 1st. Along Bent Creek you will find the amazing collection of the National Azalea Repository!
There are plenty of other Festivals going on as well, from the Photo + Craft Festival March 31st, to the Appalachian Trail Founder’s Bridge Festival Saturday, April 9, 2016 or the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest April 24th.
Or you can just enjoy sitting on the front porch at A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast, sipping a lemonade and taking in the scenery in our rose garden!