Flower power

This year marks the 27th for Biltmore Estate’s annual Festival of Flowers. Running through Sunday, May 20, the festivities in question are the zillion plants in bloom (give or take a few) across the 8,000-acre property. Visit the Biltmore House and Conservatory for indoor blooms (as well as daily live music), stroll the formal and outdoor gardens on the grounds, polish your green thumb (or at least your horticultural knowledge) at the “Ask a Gardener” station and drop into seminars at A Gardener’s Place (in the Conservatory). Those free, daily sessions include “Houseplant Know-How” at 1 p.m., “Wreaths, Spring Blossoms All Around” at 2 p.m. and “Asian-Inspired Arranging” at 3 p.m. Buy tickets online a week in advance for a discount. Daytime passes run $59 online for adults, $29.50 for youth ages 10-16. Saturday prices are $64 and $32. http://www.biltmore.com.

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