AE22 The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted Original Design Intents

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Thursday June 23

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM


The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted's Original Design Intents for the Biltmore Estate

ONSITE | Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m.

A Talk with Biltmore's Horticulture Director Parker Andes

$18 Non-member Adults**

(**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

All proceeds go to benefit Education Programs at The North Carolina Arboretum.


In the late 1800's, George Vanderbilt began working with Frederick Law Olmsted to lay out the vision for his estate in Western North Carolina. He asked Olmsted to design an oasis that he and his family and friends could enjoy, but also a working estate, drawing on the latest in scientific knowledge to manage farms and woodlands. Olmsted laid out the estate roads, fields, pastures, gardens and conservatory and, in turn, brought in Gifford Pinchot, America's first forester, who would write the first forestry management plan. Looking at form and function, Parker Andes will bring Biltmore's vast garden spaces down to scale, highlighting some of the original design ideas that Biltmore strives to maintain today and offering considerations for contemporary application in today's landscapes.


Weather permitting, we’ll stroll through the gardens for principles in place as part of the Arboretum’s Thanks FLO seasonal landscape exhibit.



Parker Andes serves as the horticulture director at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, overseeing all historic and non-historic landscapes on the 8000-acre estate. He ensures these acres meet the mission of preserving Biltmore as a privately owned, profitable, working estate. Andes has worked at Callaway Gardens as director of horticulture and previously at Longwood Gardens and Busch Gardens. He received his bachelor’s degree in plant and soil sciences from West Virginia University.



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