Filoli Formal Gardens

Filoli is one of the most impressive formal gardens in the United States. It is located just slightly north of Woodside, and makes a nice day trip from our home in Santa Cruz. There is a 36,000 square foot Georgian Mansion and 16 acres of attached formal gardens to tour. The house is magnificent, but the gardens are the real star of the show. They're laid out according to the "Garden Room" concept, wherein the garden is divided into distinct rooms by high hedges and walls. Each room is open to the sky and accomodates a different design scheme of flowers and layout.

Front of house

Back, leading to gardens. Cylindrical trees are Irish Yew

Filoli Cutting Gardens...

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