We visited Filoli on our way home from that long road trip we took to Southern California. We toured several universities and for a break we decided to treat ourselves to something different. The tour of Filoli includes a house and a garden tour but we stayed in the gardens during the whole time. We skipped the part of the tour that focused on the opulence of the people who lived in that magnificent house. It is interesting and relaxing to appreciate the verdant gardens; the delight of discovering a new garden room at every gate; the various horticultural techniques that shaped the different trees and shrubs; and the brilliance behind the choice of the different colors and shapes of plants in every corner of the garden.
If you happen to be near San Francisco and wondering where to go...I strongly recommend Filoli.