The 15-acre Biltmore Estate azalea garden began in 1940 when estate superintendent Chauncey Beadle bequeathed his entire collection of azaleas—which he referred to as his children and considered the definitive American shrub—to the estate.
Hiryu (Rhododendron obstusum) is a heritage azalea often found in older gardens and like most azaleas, prefers well-drained soil.
Chinese Rhododendron (Rhododendron fortunei) is native to China and features large, dark green leaves.
Chinese Rhododendron features flowers that are white to pink.
A lovely Encore ‘Autumn Carnival’ azalea.
Deciduous azalea, rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes’.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina boasts an incredible array of azalea varieties that make spring in the 15-acre Azalea Garden a special treat.
Encore Rhododendron x ‘Autumn Carnation’ features sumptuous pink blossoms. Biltmore gardener Chauncey Beadle is responsible for the array of azaleas that ornament the estate. During his tenure at Biltmore from 1909-1950 the Canadian horticulturalist expressed his love of native azaleas by establishing the many azalea plantings that would develop into the Azalea Garden.
Estate superintendent Chauncey Beadle planted thousands of azaleas during his tenure at Biltmore Estate but many new varieties have been added to the mix. Rhododendron atlanticum ‘Snowbird’ is a deciduous azalea developed on the Biltmore Estate.
Reblooming rhododendron 'Bloom-A-Thon Red' is a heat-tolerant repeat bloomer that can bloom for up to five months.
Pink and Yellow
Members of the Historic Gardens landscaping crew Bob Smart and Charles Harris constantly research and add new varieties to Chauncey Beadle's original azalea plantings. Many native deciduous azaleas and evergreen varieties have all been added to the garden during Smart and Harris's tenure.
A Trail of Blossoms
Fallen petals lie on stone steps at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.