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Filoli House & Gardens
- How Filoli got its name
- Self-Guided & Docent-Led Tours
- What's Blooming When
- Filoli Cafe & Garden Shop
- Special Events, Holiday Festivals
   and Afternoon Tea

- Filoli Hours and Map

Filoli House and Gardens is reminiscent of an Irish country manor. The historic site includes a spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden — a fun place to explore and enjoy a relaxing stroll. Wandering through the gardens on a recent summer visit, we came across giant purple flowering onions (pictured top right) — they looked like something from another planet! Roses were in full bloom — so beautiful and fragrant. And we've never seen so many shades of lavender — the colors were spectacular!

How Filoli Got Its Name
Ever wonder how Filoli got its name? William Bowers Bourne II (who lived at Filoli between 1917 and 1936) created the name by combining the first two letters from the key words of his beliefs — Fight, Love, Live ("Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.") Good words to live by!

Filled with English antiques, the Georgian country house and its magnificent manicured gardens is nestled on 654 acres in Woodside (near Redwood City), just 30 miles south of San Francisco. Google Map

Self -Guided Tours
Filoli offers Self-Guided Tours — it's a wonderful way to see everything at your own pace. And there are plenty of docents on the grounds to answer any of your questions. Be sure to watch the short video on Filoli's history — it's very interesting and a great way to start your tour of the house and gardens.

Docent-Led Tours & Hikes
Filoli also offers a variety of docent-led tours, including House & Garden Tours, Orchard Tours and Nature Hikes.

What's Blooming When
Anytime is a great time to visit Filoli. Find out what's blooming when — that way you can plan your visit to coincide with seeing your favorite flowers and plants.

The Café at Filoli
Dine al fresco at Filoli's Café terrace (there's plenty of inside seating too). Enjoy fresh seasonal salads, hearty soups, quiches, delicious Paninis... and scrumptious desserts. Get there early if you want an outdoor table — it fills up fast, especially during weekends and peak dining times.

Café Hours
Tues-Sat: 9:30am-3:30pm
Sun: 11am-3:30pm


Special Events, Holiday Festivals
and Afternoon Tea

Special events are offered at Filoli throughout the year, including fun Holiday Festivals. Afternoon Tea at Filoli is always a treat — it makes a great Girls Day Out! Filoli's Gallery also offers special Art Exhibits. Mother's Day is always popular and sells out fast, so be sure to book well in advance.

Filoli Garden Shop
The Garden Shop is easy to find — it's located under the clock tower in the Carriage House, right before you enter the Sunken Garden. Allow plenty of time to browse — it's a fun place to shop! They have a wonderful selection of hats — I couldn't resist buying one (see pic bottom right).

Filoli Hours
Tues-Sat 10am-3:30pm
(last admission 2:30pm)

Sun 11:am-3:30pm
(last admission 2:30pm)

Closed Mondays and holidays
(Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas)

More Info
Filoli Gardens
86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA

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The Café
650-364-8300 Ext 247

Afternoon Tea:
650-364-8300 Ext 288

Group Lunches:
650-364-8300 Ext 509

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Giant purple flowering onions at Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA

Roses in Filoli's Rose Garden - Filoli House & Gardens, Woodside, CA

Lavender at Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA

What better place to take a break and relax - beautiful flower arches at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Lavender at Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA

The Knot Gardens at Filoli in June - will be in full bloom this week with undulating colored ribbons of blue (Lavander), purple (Crimson Pigmy Barberry), lilac (Germander), and yellow (Lavender Cotton).

Pool at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Filoli House & Gardens, Woodside, CA

Clock Tower at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Gardens at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Reflecting Pool at Filoli, Woodside, CA

The sunken garden at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Filoli Garden Shop under clock tower in the Carriage House at Filoli, Woodside, CA

Giant Magnolia Tree at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Filol House & Gardens, Woodside, CA

Panini and salad lunch al fresco at Filoli in Woodside, CA

Beautiful trees at Filoli House & Gardens, Woodside, CA

Alana wearing new hat purchased at Filoli Garden Shop

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