Mountain GardensBiltmoreBiltmore Gardens Once taller than the Alps, North Carolina’s granite and greenstone mountains have had about 200 million years to soften into lovely layers of fog-shrouded ranges. No wonder their flora and fauna appear to be the fruits of a primordial garden. Throughout the region, changes in altitude create significant differences in both temperature and rainfall, engendering a lush variety of plant life. Whether you are an avid gardener or not, our mountain gardens and arboretums offer beauty and natural serenity. Asheville & the FoothillsBiltmoreAsheville George Vanderbilt’s incomparable Gilded Age gardens designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted. Botanical Gardens at AshevilleAsheville Doan Ogden designed gardens, displaying plants and flowers of Southern Appalachians. Chimney Rock State ParkChimney Rock Botanical diversity from mountaintop to forest to a spectacular waterfall. North Carolina ArboretumAsheville A 426-acre regional and international resource celebrating the Southern Appalachian landscape. High CountryDaniel Boone Native GardensBoone Twelve separate gardens in a special preserve designed by Doan Ogden. Wilkes Community College GardensWilkesboro Outstanding theme gardens winding through a college campus. Smoky Mountains & CherokeeThe Campus Arboretum of Haywood Community CollegeClyde Doan Ogden design creating this varied and exceptional college landscape. Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature TrailCherokee Herbs and vegetables of the Cherokee Indians in the 18th century Oconaluftee Village.