Filoli is a tremendous example of an early 20th century country estate. Located in Woodside, CA, the 654-acre property has 16 acres of formal gardens surrounding the historic house, which was completed in 1917. In 1975, the private estate was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation for all to enjoy.

The gardens were designed at the same time the house was constructed. Inspired by European influences, there are a succession of garden rooms along a north-south axis, with parterres, terraces, pools and lawns. Isabella Worn supervised the planting of the gardens and incorporated numerous camellias, rhododendrons, roses and magnolias, as well as many other colorful, artistic touches. She was later awarded several honors for her work, including the Distinguished Service Medal of the Garden Club of America. The gardens are currently maintained by 14 full-time horticulturists, student interns and over 100 garden volunteers.

If you’re ever in Northern California, make plans to visit this amazing estate. From garden to house, you won’t be disappointed.

Filoli garden montage

  1. Brooke Lively enjoyed Filoli’s spectacular herb garden.
  2. A central axis view, with wondrous garden rooms to the left and right.
  3. Beautifully crafted entrance gates provide glimpses into the gardens to explore.
  4. Filoli’s herb garden layout is mimicked in this miniature table garden.

Photo Credit: Mark A. Miller

Filoli garden montage

  1. Enormous terra-cotta pots punctuate the landscape as accents.
  2. Eye-catching annuals and boxwood hedges surround roses on standards in the rose garden.
  3. The entrance to the Filoli mansion is accentuated by flowering vines and evergreen shrubs.
  4. One of the many magnificent pools throughout Filoli’s grounds.

Photo Credit: Mark A. Miller