Thursday, November 10, 2011

Filoli Estate

On a recent visit to San Francisco, I was able to visit many wonderful gardens with fabulous new-to-me plants.  One of the gardens was Filoli.  Its website describes that "Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century."  Finished in the 1920s, the house is now a museum containing many English antiques from the 17th and 18th centuries.  During my visit, I took a self-guided tour of the house and had a long talk with a wonderful volunteer docent who knew tons about the history of the property's owners the Bourn and Roth families. 

The gardens exhibit both Georgian and English Renaissance styles and reminded me of the historic estates that I visited while living in England.

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