Frederick Law Olmsted | A Passion for Parks, National Geographic: Japanese Cutleaf Maple In Fall Glory

Startling orange leaves adorn a small speciman tree.

Brilliant red and orange lacy leaves of a Japanese maple bring drama in autumn to the grounds of the Biltmore Estate near Ashville, North Carolina.

The informal four-acre Shrub Garden is a rich, picturesque landscape with hundreds of woody plants. Designer Frederick Law Olmsted chose this site near the Vanderbilt mansion for a “secluded and genial” garden where guests could “ramble” along meandering paths lined with what is today five hundred different varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees. As the seasons change, so does the stunning colorful pageant of jasmine, forsythia, lilac and cut–leaf Japanese maples.


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