The Filoli Gardens are located 30 miles south of
San Francisco, California.
This beautiful early twentieth century formal garden is
filled with examples of the kinds of interesting plants that can be grown in
the mild frost free climate of the California coast.
Filoli Gardens consists of a house built in the early 1900's plus 16 acres
of formal garden. The entire Filoli estate is quite expansive totaling
654 acres. The surrounding area is also very beautiful because it is
part of the Crystal Springs watershed that supplies water to San Francisco,
meaning it cannot be developed.
Currently owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli Gardens is
maintained by professional horticulturists and student interns. Interestingly,
a large number of volunteers also work at Filoli.
The following photos of Filoli Gardens were taken in the middle of May 2006.