Tip of the Week

Friday, May 18, 2012

A gem along the coast - Filoli

I am always looking for new places to explore and my recent find was Filoli, which stands for Fight, Love and Live.  Filoli is near Half Moon Bay along the California coast and is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Click here for the website.  The family that built Filoli also built and operated the Empire Mine in Grass Valley.  Empire Mine is worth the drive up to the foothills of Grass Valley.  I really enjoyed putting the history together since I had previously visited Empire Mine State Park.  And I would go back to Filoli to see it during different seasons, plus it is so close to Half Moon Bay.

Over Mother's Day weekend Filoli's society members host an annual Flower show, which is spectacular.  There were so many things that really inspired me and others that I admired.  Here's a few of my favorite flower arrangements and table settings.

As for the gardens, I am a little envious of the vegetable garden, orchard and green house areas.  Rows and rows of berry vines, several greenhouses and immaculate garden grounds.  I loved wandering around, enjoying the sun and all the different plants and blooming flowers.  There was so much to see I can't possibly show pictures of everything.  You must visit this and at different times of the year too.  I think seeing the tulips in bloom would be stunning.

The largest and pinkest artichoke flower I've seen

Rose garden

Flower and Herb garden

To the orchard

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