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Biltmore House – Flowers

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.

Biltmore House Gardens

Biltmore House Gardens

Conservatory entrance faces the snow covered Walled Garden.

Conservatory entrance faces the snow covered Walled Garden.

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.

A spray of pink-and-yellow Orchids.

A spray of pink-and-yellow Orchids.

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.

Green and White Orchid.

Green and White Orchid.

Several other orchids were on display, presenting a variety of colors and shapes.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

More Orchids in the Conservatory.

Leaf

Leaf

Artistic rendering of leaf.

Artistic rendering of leaf.

Plant in Conservatory grows its seeds on one side of each leaf.

Plant in Conservatory grows its seeds on one side of each leaf.

White veins in the leaves stand out when backlit by the sun.

White veins in the leaves stand out when backlit by the sun.

This next image highlights just the complicated vein structure in the previous photo.

This next image highlights just the complicated vein structure in the previous photo.

A different plant with seeds (or spores?) which form lines on the underside of its leaves.

A different plant with seeds (or spores?) which form lines on the underside of its leaves.

This highly scaled leaf of yet another plant in the Conservatory.

This highly scaled leaf of yet another plant in the Conservatory.

Wreath

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