I’ve been meaning to share these images with you all for almost two months now. I have shown a few of them as individual posts but I just haven’t had the time, up until now, to go through and process all the images.
This is Filoli Gardens located in Woodside, CA. Filoli was built in 1915 for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose wealth was acquired during the gold rush period in Northern California. Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.” I think I would have liked this guy.
Filoli is composed of an extraordinarily beautiful mansion, some guest and service quarters (I would imagine was the original purpose) and breath-taking gardens. If this mansion looks familiar to you, it is probably because you may recognize it from the many TV shows and movies it has been featured in (here). And at the risk of dating myself, this was the mansion in the opening scene of the very popular 1980’s TV show Dynasty.
If you used to watch Dynasty, remember the infamous “pond” scene between Alexis and Krystal? This pond below was the scene of the crime. Somehow I’m guessing they had stunt doubles as I can’t really see Joan Collins or Linda Evans diving into this algae filled pond.
There are many small structures located throughout the grounds of which I am not sure what they were originally used for, but here are some of the images of these buildings and the beautiful detail that has gone into every aspect of this property.
Today the property is open for tours of the mansion and grounds, they host tea luncheons, jazz concerts and many other events. As beautiful as the mansion is, it is the gorgeous gardens that draw most tourists to this location.
I have to be honest, I’m quite jealous of this little guy that gets to live here rent free!
This is a gorgeous location and I’m sure to go back soon as they are constantly changing the gardens with the seasons. Enjoy your Friday!
There are a few more additional images in the slide show if you care to see them.