Any one else ready to move there? It’s only 30 minutes south of San Francisco. This is now a Historic Preserve but Filoli house and gardens was someone’s residence about 100 years ago. I suppose the above picture of a meadow is a little deceiving as the main draw here are the extensive gardens that were created in emulation of Georgian gardens (the state, not the country). We visited on Mother’s Day which happened to also be a flower show and it was wonderful.
You’re actually not allowed on the grass which the docents will remind you of. Right beyond that hedge going cross the middle of the picture is a beautiful blue pool (see slideshow at the bottom of this post). A slight turn left is this neat building:
There are quite a few ornate gardens but there are also orchards, vegetable gardens, cutting gardens, greenhouses and more. Read the full history of the gardens here.
I could go on an on explaining the pictures I’m sharing here but I’ll add them as a slideshow below instead. Keep an eye out for the bright blue delphinium (I need to get some of them!!!), the bright blue pool, the view facing the other way of that long row/ alley/ lane/ thing-I-obviously-don’t-know-the-technical-name-for, vegetable gardens, unique orchids including a carnivorous one, and wisteria with trunks bigger than most trees. I also included a few more pictures of the house and a picture of a pocketbook plant with puffy little yellow blooms of which I took home the same kind of plant! But one last picture because it was Mother’s Day: