I hate admitting that I’d never plied the broad, level pathways of the Filoli gardens before today. Filoli is a grand Peninsula destinations that as a local, I’d never bothered to visit before. (I’ve never been to Alcatraz either.) But now that I’ve busted…er, visited the cherries of Filoli, I hope to be back often. For me, a pleasant walk in the fresh air, stopping often to smell the flowers (literally), sooths both body and soul.
You’ll need mobility and a touch of stamina to navigate the massive mansion and gorgeous grounds at Filoli. I strolled and strolled and then strolled some more. Happily, the garden paths stay flat and wide–wheelers and slow walkers can enjoy many acres of the garden.
While benches don’t grow as thick as the flowers, a few places to sit make periodic rests possible for those of us who need a break in the walking. Though the property sprawls out towards the hills, the garden walks don’t include climbs or descents–unusual in my experience of botanical gardens.
Four restroom facilities scattered across the north end of the property make it easy enough to find a euphemism.
The map of the property was drawn by someone who’s actually familiar with the grounds–you can trust the designations of paving, gravel, and either dirt or grass paths. The good news: the gardens aren’t so big as the map implies. The “bad” news: it’s easy to become captivated by all the pretty flowers and find yourself wandering further than you intended.
Allergic to flowers, plants, or bee stings? Skip the gardens and stay inside the mansion, or be intensely watchful and take/bring your meds.
Most of all, enjoy! Filoli is beauty, and peace.