Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Filoli Spring Festival
If you have never visited the magnificent house and gardens at the Filoli Estate in Woodside, the Spring Festival March 24 is the ideal time of year to go. The formal gardens are at their peak of perfection, and every part of the garden is groomed and looking its very best.
The place was built as a private estate in 1915, and the name comes from a combination of letters from the life credo of the first owner and builder, William Bowers Bourn. "Fight for a just cause; love your fellow man; live a good life" was shortened to the name Filoli.
From mid-February to the end of October, Filoli is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (the last admission is at 2 p.m.); it's closed on Sunday and Monday. No reservations are required. Admission fees are $10 per adult and $1 for children under 12. Call (650) 364-8300, ext. 507, for more information.
Favorite or New Plant
'Improved Meyer' Lemon
The word "improved" in the title of this particular citrus means that it's disease resistant and the only variety of 'Meyer' lemon that can be sold in California. The fruit is smaller, the skin is almost orange in color, and it's especially juicy. The flavor is tart but with a slight hint of floral. It differs from lemons sold in stores in that the rind is thin. The fruit doesn't ship well, which is the reason it's not grown commercially.
The overall size of the plant is small (10-15 feet), so you can easily reach all those yummy lemons, and it bears fruit and flowers throughout the year. It grows equally well in containers or in the ground and thrives in the cooler weather of Northern California.