For "une petite pause": Early Spring at Filoli


Not just another pretty springtime bouquet, this country estate-turned National Trust for Historic Preservation landmark is a must-see if you love formal gardens and beautiful old homes. A trip there will transport you to a quieter, more serene time when the cultivation of exquisite gardens and the keeping of mansions was a gracious way of living daily life. In other words, a peek at how the other half lived in 1925!


Situated on 654 acres with gardens to wander, a Gardener's Resource Shop to peruse, a cafe for lunch and amazing 18th & 19th century furnishings to admire in the House, an afternoon at Filoli is a designer's feast. What better place to meet a favorite client for a few hours? That's just what we did this week.



potted flowers in the ballroom


Chinoiserie in the Asian Room

flowering tree at Filoli


doorway at the Garden Shop


approaching the Orangerie


pathway leaving the Orangerie


the swimming pool flanked by potted lemon trees


pots of tulips at the rear of the House


one of the two Camperdown Elm trees
flanking the pool house


fuschia tulips underplanted with tiny forget-me-nots


inside the Orangerie


Chinese figure inside the House in the Asian Room

piano player in the ballroom





map of Filoli Gardens and House


So if you are lucky enough to find yourself in San Francisco this time of year, take a little time out to visit these gorgeous formal gardens and the exquisite mansion. Since I live about five miles away, let me know if you are in the area.


We'll have a wonderful walk through and might even take home a plant or two for our gardens. We'll definitely leave inspired.


Visit the website for information on visiting and the history. www.filoli.org

all photos by Kit Golson

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