Filoli GardensDesignated a historic site by the National Trust\r\nfor Historic Preservation, Filoli is a spectacular estate in Woodside, about 16\r\nmiles from Palo Alto. Built in the early 1900s, the estate’s most notable\r\nfeatures are the extensive gardens and the House itself. Start at the Visitor\r\n& Education Center, which is next to Lane Courtyard, where there’s\r\nbeautiful Filoli Café outdoor seating.
\r\nThe Garden Walk is the best way to get the lay of the land. You’ll see the\r\nSunken Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Walled Garden. The Friends’ Native\r\nPlant Garden is home to over 50 different kinds of plants including Douglas\r\niris and hound’s tongue. There are two orchards, the Olive Orchard and the\r\nGentlemen’s Orchard. The latter is the largest private collection of fruit\r\ntrees in North America—about 650!
\r\nA House and a Motto
\r\nFiloli House was built for the Bourn family, whose wealth came from gold mines\r\nin Grass Valley, California. William Bowers Bourn II named the house after his\r\npersonal philosophy: “Fight, love, live”—Fi Lo Li. The house boasts several\r\nstyles. Architecture buffs should keep an eye out for the different features\r\nsuch as Spanish Mission, Georgian, and English Renaissance.
\r\nTours of the 36,000-square-foot house and the gardens are about 2 hours long.\r\nSpecial tours of the Gentlemen’s Orchard are also available. A docent-led\r\nnature hike of the grounds is offered February through October, except for\r\nAugust. These hikes last about 2 hours. You are also explore welcome to explore\r\nthe 654-acre estate on your own.