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Springtime in Asheville- Our Top Ways to Make the Most of Spring in the Mountains

March 24th, 2016 by abedofroses

Magnolias in bloom

Magnolias in bloom

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.

The Lenten Rose

The Lenten Rose

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.

  1. The Biltmore Gardens

    The Biltmore Gardens

    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!

 

 

A Bradford Pear Tree in Bloom

A Bradford Pear Tree in Bloom

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.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

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!

The View from Our Front Porch

The View from Our Front Porch

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!

What a Glorious May at A Bed of Roses- Where to See Spring Flowers in Asheville

May 25th, 2014 by abedofroses

Our Gardens this May

Our Gardens this May

May was a glorious month in Western North Carolina. It’s hard to believe Memorial Day is already here and in Asheville the spring bulbs are giving way to roses in abundance. The gardens at the Biltmore Estate have a fabulous display that you shouldn’t miss.  The Biltmore International Rose Trials competition was just held on May 24th. Twelve categories of roses were judged this year coming from breeders in Canada, France Ireland, Germany, and the UK as well as from the US. The roses were planted in the historic gardens two years ago and cared for by their expert horticulturalists in anticipation of this day. Our own rose garden displays an example of an heirloom variety rose bush from the Biltmore greenhouses, a memento from a lovely past guest.

A Bed of Roses Front Porch overlooks the Rose Gardens

A Bed of Roses Front Porch overlooks the Rose Gardens

All of Asheville is filled with beautiful gardens this time of year. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens and fascinating displays at the North Carolina Arboretum while you’re in Asheville this Spring and Summer. They are located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest just southwest of downtown Asheville and a stone’s throw from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  They hosted the Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition May 24th and 25th.  They also have a wonderful Bonzai collection and woodland trails.

Trillium at the Asheville Botanical Gardens

Trillium at the Asheville Botanical Gardens

And for native plant gardens The Botanical Gardens at Asheville located adjacent to the UNC Asheville campus offers beautiful wooded trails dotted with native flowers and plants, with informative labels. They are run by an independent non-profit organization and include a wide collection of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These Gardens are walking distance from A Bed of Roses along a soon to be completed Greenway, The Reed Creek Greenway.

You can also enjoy abundant flowers in right in our own neighborhood. The historic Montford District is a wonderful place to stroll and take in the carefully tended gardens. See our photo gallery to see how truly glorious May has been in our own gardens at A Bed of Roses. You can even see our newly planted kitchen garden where we hope to harvest lots of fresh herbs and luscious vegetables for our  gourmet breakfasts this Spring and Summer.

Spring is Officially Here! April in Asheville.

April 7th, 2014 by abedofroses

Magnolia blossoms

Magnolia blossoms

The Cherry Blossoms and the Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom, but the real sign of Spring in this city tucked in the mountains is the first Drum Circle of the season!  This past weekend kicked off the Spring Season in Asheville with the first Drum Circle on Friday night in Pritchard Park and the season’s first Downtown Asheville Art Walk. Biltmore Blooms is already in full swing as well, as more and more of those flowering bulbs are filling the gardens of America’s Largest Home. This week also marked the opening of the North Asheville Tailgait Market at UNC, a long awaited harbinger of good eating ahead. Before you know it every weekend will be hosting a street festival with live music, art and great local food. After a cold cold winter across the country we’re all ready for that!

Pritchard Park Drum Circle

The Drum Circle in Pritchard Park

The Drum Circle is a must-see tradition in Asheville that will get you moving! Every Friday night dozens of drummers come together at little Pritchard Park in the heart of downtown and all kinds gather to dance, tap and enjoy the rhythm that you can literally feel from blocks away! Great people watching too!

Glass hands

Meditation in Pink by John Littleton & Kate Vogel at the Blue Spiral Gallery

Asheville is a mecca of artists and crafts people. Another Friday evening tradition takes place on the first Friday of every month from April until December. More than 20 downtown galleries, studios and museums host the Downtown Asheville Art Walk from 5-8PM. All are within a half mile radius so you can take a leisurely stroll and see why Asheville is called the “Paris of the South”. Many serve up light hors d’oeuvres with their art to wet your appetite for one of the myriad of independent local restaurants that will dot your path.

Asheville is also known for keeping it local. Our excellent independent restaurants stress fresh farm to table cuisine and with over 17 local tailgait markets we all can share that local flavor. Our favorite is the North Asheville Tailgait on the UNC campus. In a lovely shaded setting, the market is a social gathering place as well, with live local music, crafts and baked goods along with the farm fresh food. You’ll find local cheese makers, jams and sauces, even hot foods and native plants for sale.

farmers market

The North Asheville Tailgate Market

Spring in the mountains is truly a special time.

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