Filoli Gardens and Doors

For Norm Frampton’s weekly feature, Thursday Doors, I’m sharing a few more door and garden photos from a recent visit to Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California. You can find my original Filoli door post here and some pics of Percy, Filoli’s resident Peacock here. During this visit, Tulips and Daffodils bloomed in the gardens, a welcome sign of Spring’s arrival.


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Welcome to the gardens.


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Garden House


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Tulips and Daffodils decorate a doorstep in the courtyard near the gift shop.


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Potted Daffodils add color to the early Spring garden.


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An eerie looking weeping Camperdown Elm shows off its bare twisted branches.


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Percy the Peacock


About Filoli:

Hidden in the foothills of Woodside, California, Filoli Gardens was created as a grand country estate for the wealthy Bourn family in the early 1900s. The name “Filoli” comes from the first two letters of “FIght- LOve-LIve.” Bourn’s credo was “To fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life.” These are worthy words to live by.

The estate features a 20th-century Georgian mansion, 16 acres of remarkable formal gardens, a Café and Gift Shop, and docent-led hikes through the estate’s nature preserve. Filoli is a not-for-profit organization that is open to the public thanks to approximately 1,200 volunteers and financial support obtained through fundraising, grants, and donations.

Filoli website:

34 thoughts on “Filoli Gardens and Doors

  1. This looks like such a pretty visit! It is on my list should I return to Cali in the future. The tulips make me sad…as much as I adore them I cannot grow them at my house because the deer DEVOUR them. Sadly I will not waste another cent on these gorgeous bulbs but enjoyed looking at your inspiring pics!

    1. Filoli’s Gardens feeds my soul. I get my garden fix there. We also can’t grow many flowers because of deer. I hope you do get to visit Filoli next time you are in Cali. Cheers!

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