FLOWER Magazine: Finding Sanctuary

View Of The Sundial Through The Walled Garden

Excerpt: “My mother used to take us there when we were little. She loved the gardens,” says the fellow helping me with my too-many bags as I arrive in the Bay Area to visit the nearby Filoli Historic House & Garden. Seems you either have a story about the handsome 1917 Georgian Revival house and its expanse of formal gardens or you have never heard of it, according to a purely anecdotal survey by yours truly. Maybe you only recognize it from its star turn in the opening credits of the hit ‘80s nighttime soap opera Dynasty, among its other cameos in various shows and films. But Filoli likely doesn’t come to mind when you think of Woodside, California, located near San Francisco and Silicon Valley—an area more famous for its high-flying tech companies than for its high-maintenance, grand old houses and gardens. That may explain the under-the-radar status of this extraordinary 654-acre property given to the National Trust in 1975 for all to enjoy, arguably no more so than in the last two years.

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