"Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life."
Filoi is a grand estate located about 25 miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California. It is a lovely home set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a
654 acre estate on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
We were fortunate to attend a retirement party there this last weekend at the home
of Lucy Tolmach (Director of Horticulture) on the grounds of FiLoLi.
If this looks familiar perhaps you were a fan of the TV series "Dynasty." Filoli was in the opening scenes each week at the start of this show.
We toured the gardens at sunset after dinner. It was breathtaking.
Reflecting pool and former carriage house
The hydrangeas were enormous
Lucy Tolmach (Director of Horticulture)
was our hostess and gave us the evening tour.
The retirement cake was yummy. It was made by Jim Salyards who works
at FiLoLi. It was one of the most delicious cakes I have ever had.
It was layers of genois, dacquoise, marzipan, raspberry jam, fresh
raspberries and homemade crème fraiche. I can't wait to try making one of these!
If you're ever in San Francisco it really would be worth the trip to Woodside to visit FiLoLi. You can tour the house or garden or both. Let me know if you visit. I'd love
to see your photos and hear about your experience there.