Filoli Gardens

Many people have told me about Filoli Gardens since I moved to the Bay Area.  I was not disappointed when I visited this past Wednesday!  It is a magnificent Estate and Gardens that have been preserved through a National Historic Trust.  To quote from their home page at  “Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.”  If you have a chance, visit.  You’ll be caught up in the splendor of both home and garden, I guarantee!  If you can’t visit in person, spend some time on the website.  It is very well done and I enjoyed seeing again the various rooms of the mansion, reading about the history of the building and the 2 families that lived there. 

I was lucky enough to visit because I had met Cat Bishop, the buyer for their garden shop, at the San Francisco Gift Show in February.    She liked me products (yeah!) so I was able to secure an appt with her which allowed me to go visit.  It’s one of those places I feel the fairies must live.  It feels magical!  The spring flowers were in bloom.  I marveled at the color combinations of the plantings and how the daffodils were growing wild in a field that also had flowering fruit trees.  A perfect spring day, it was a bit overcast with some mist, which enhanced the magic of it all.  

One day I hope to go back with my watercolors but until then, I’ll enjoy the pictures I took with my iPhone!  

And I’ll be shipping my cards, boxed notes and list pads on 4/15 to the Garden Shop!


I love the french doors, rounded window above and pot of flowers!


These tulips looked like they could be a watercolor with the amazing colors.

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Wild field of Daffodils and Flowering Fruit trees.



I loved the hint of color in this lovely bloom.


This looks like it should be for a wedding


If anyone remembers the TV show Dynasty, this was the “home”.




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