Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Filoli Gardens

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Last Saturday Lauren and I went to Filoli Gardens. It's a beautiful place and less than 1/2 hour drive from our apartment. If that house looks familiar it because it was used in the opening of the old TV show Dynasty. It's also been used in a lot of other TV shows and movies.

Through this garden gate is the most amazing garden...
This is part of the view you see as you walk through the gate. These photos do not do it justice! (That's Lauren on the left in the photo above.)



This birdcage was so beautiful! There are two doves in there sitting on top of the wood birdhouse.


The foxgloves were so beautiful!

This is the view beyond the garden (above).
This pathway was so pretty with the flowering trees overhead.




Tomorrow, I'll show you inside the home and the beautiful giftshop!

38 comments:

Madeleine said...

Cindy, How beautiful. I just emailed it to one of my girlfriends, and we have decided to make a trip and visit Filoli Gardens and move it else where on the same weekend. Thank you for all your great information.

chez sheri said...

Just WOW! I can't wait until tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.
Sheri

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful - Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Glenda

Melissa Miller said...

Cindy it is stunning and so beautiful! :)

You take amazing photos!

kiwicarole said...

Really enjoyed the visit! Looking forward to looking inside! Carole

Suzie said...

Hi, Cindy!
What a beautiful place!!
I love to make a trip to visit Filoli Garden with my kids!!
I'm looking forward to see inside tomorrow!! Love the bird cage!
Suzie

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

That was soooo pretty, you all have so many amzing places in Cal!
Hugs~Kelly

Becky said...

Hi Cindy,
I love visiting gardens. I knew when you took us through that big beautiful door it was going to be grand. Thanks for the tour.
I think your pretty little garden spot is just as lovely!
Becky

Lisa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this amazing place with us!! Cannot wait to see more...:)

KarenB said...

Wow! That's all I can think of. Wow! Looks like it was a beautiful day!

Amber said...

Beautiful! Those foxgloves are gorgeous!

Marilyn said...

Your photos have such sparkling, bright colors! I've never heard of this garden, but now I want to visit it. The month of May must be so lovely in your area.

Lee Laurie said...

Cindy,
I love going to gardens. This one is very beautiful. I would love to go there in person one day. Thanks for sharing with us!
Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Jeannine said...

Those gardens are beautiful! I adore foxglove, always reminds me of growing up in Western Washington where they grow wild.Can't wait to see inside the house.

Jojo said...

I tried to look at everything but I was distracted by those GORGEOUS foxglove!

Carolyn said...

Hi Cindy,
What a beautiful place to visit.I love the birdcage with the doves inside and also the foxgloves.
Carolyn

Dream Mom said...

What beautiful pictures. It is exactly how I remembered it.

I visited the Filoli Gardens eight years ago after reading an article in our Big City Newspaper about it. The Filoli Gardens is considered the best "formal" garden in the U.S. I love formal gardens and hope to tour many of the beautiful flower and water gardens of the world when I retire. I loved the formal hedges at the Filoli Gardens and LOVED the rose gardens. It was amazing to me that a woman would plant such an amazing rose garden just to use for clippings. Of course, that was back in the days when it was a home and not a public garden.

I still have an iron garden bunny that I keep in my patio flower pot that I purchased there as a memento. I hope to visit it again.

Thanks for the memories!

Lisa said...

How pretty - can't wait to see the inside :)

Lisa

Rosemary said...

That is a beautiful place Cindy!
Thanks for showing it to us.
Rosemary

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Hi Cindy. I visited Filoli Gardens about 10 years ago, but it was mid-winter and I didn't see nearly the sights you saw relative to blossoms and colors! Thank you for sharing these photographs with us and for inspiring me to visit again soon! ~Arleen

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Cindy! What a GORGEOUS place! Can you imagine living there? Wow....that would be a fun house to decorate! Can't wait to see more. Your pictures are beautiful ~ xoxo Joy

French-Kissed said...

Thanks for the beautiful tour. I have always wanted to go there and after seeing your pictures I am definitely going to try to go soon. Glad you had a good time and how lucky you are to still have your beautiful and precious daughter home with you so you can enjoy days like this together.

Lyndee said...

Madison, WI had Olbrich gardens which is along the same line. I love and support it. Your Filoli is indeed rich with color, variety and beauty. Thanks for sharing!

RobinfromCA said...

I love Filoli! One of these days I'm going to remember to go there when the tulips are in bloom. It's supposed to be magnificent! But, I always remember too late in the season. The garden shop always has the best stuff. Can't wait for your sneak preview!

Robin

~ ♥ LISBETH ♥~ said...

Wow, it is absolutely beautiful ! Hi hi, I remember watching Dynasti, and the funny part is that we can watch Dynasti in the afternoons here in Norway, ha ha, I am having a good time drinking my coffee and enjoying Krystle and her clothes remembering the fashion, you know ..shoulder pads !!:O)

Hugs

abeachcottage said...

goodness Cindy this is beautiful, I woulda loved to come visit there with you, a little stroll around ooohing and ahhhing...I miss that here, there aren't so many gardens like there is in England, I'm supposing the climate isn't really up to it...

love love love the birdcage

Sarah

Wagonwife Designs said...

Oh Cindy I love the gardens. Thanks for the inspiration. I would love to have your growing season out there as well.
Just stunning.
Debra

s.w.design said...

Filoli is so beautiful. If you get the chance, try to visit during the holidays, it's spectacular!

Sonia said...

Oh this is beautiful...we will be vacationing in Santa Cruz and pacific grove/carmel this summer so I will have to add this garden to my list of places to visit! Thanks for the post. Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Beverly said...

Oh my gosh, Cindy. This place is just gorgeous. I know you girls must have had so much fun together.

I am excited to see more.

Silvia said...

Wow, I didn't even know that this House and Garden was public! Always thought only film backgrounds.:)

YSLGuy said...

Wow...what gorgeous photos. That garden is truly beautiful

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Cindy! I read about you on Lisbeth sin lille verden. Congratulations for your 1.000.000 visitors on your blog! That's great!
This place you show is fantastic!!! It's a pity I cannot visit it...too far from Italy! I remember Dinasty...I used to watch it on TV...many years ago! Thanks for the trip!!!
Warm greetings!
Vale

Anne Marie said...

good heavens...that was a sensory overload for me....

Kelly in Memphis said...

Thank you for your blog-I really enjoy reading it! Your photos are beautiful.

Natasha said...

Cinfy, Wowo thank you for that post I had no idea about this place and bonus it is actually only about 15 minutes from my house. I will for sure be going in the next couple of days :)

Thanks

Sheryl said...

Hi Cindy
I am from Australia, and have been trying to get to see Filoli for quite some time. On our last trip to San Francisco, we missed out, as Filoli was closed at the end of Fall.
Maybe one of these days, we will get the chance to go back.
Enjoy reading your daily blog...great photos....you are such an inspiration...and motivator !!! Keep up the good work!
www.highlandparkshowhorses.com

LW said...

I just love these field trips you take your readers on! These gardens are sumptuous and if I'm ever up your way I will definitely have them on my to-do list! I enjoy your enthusiasm and your beautiful photography.