The Conservatory at Biltmore House is located a few minutes’ walk from the main house. As you approach the Conservatory you pass the Italian Garden, the Shrub Garden and finally the Walled Garden, which provides the entrance to the building. The Spring Garden and the Azalea Garden also surround the Conservatory. All of the grounds surrounding Biltmore House, including the gardens, were designed by Frederick Ohmstead, who was famous for his landscape design of Central Park in New York, Highland Park in Rochester, and the Buffalo City Park system, among many other locations.
For some reason many of the Conservatories I’ve visited raise orchids. Certainly their unusual colors and more unusual shapes of their flowers catch the eye. Biltmore House Conservatory includes a modest selection of orchids. These flowers share a common trait: five outside leaves surround unusually shaped interior leaves which may have very different shapes and colors from the outside leaves.
This next orchid has adapted several leaves to special service: one large white leave among the remaining long narrow green leaves, all of which surround bright yellow pistil and stamen.
Several other orchids were on display, presenting a variety of colors and shapes.