Wednesday, September 29, 2010

FiLoLi Gardens

"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.

FILOLI Gardens reflecting pool
 We toured the gardens at sunset after dinner.  It was breathtaking.

Filoli Reflecting Pool
  Reflecting pool and former carriage house 

hydrangea at Filoli Gardens
  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.




  1. Hi, What beautiful photos of your visit to this beautiful place. The gardens, fountains, beautiful flowers and their grand entrance are worth your visit to this beautiful place. The dessert looks so delicious as you described! Blessings Rose Marie

  2. What a beautiful place to visit! The dessert looks so good....Kathy

  3. How beautiful...I have been to San Fransisco, but we didn't get to visit this...must put it on our list for someday!

  4. What a fabulous place - and that cake........gorgeous!

  5. OH, how I enjoyed this post!

    Filoli Gardens is one of my favorite places on earth! I loved seeing your gorgeous photos. I haven't visited there since the spring. My friend is a member and I try to go at least once a year.

    Thanks for sharing this magical place and a gardener's paradise.

    Starview Sonnet

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