The tour took us all over the gardens. We started with the sunken garden which has a reflecting pool which is home to a protected species of frog. We could see the tadpoles swimming in the water.
This is the Walled Garden, which was divided into four huge parts.
This is the High Place where William Bourn liked to sit and where he could see all of his property, all the way to Crystal Springs Lake. The columns were ballast from his ships.
This is the view from The High Place, through over 200 Irish Yews grown from cuttings from Muckross House in Ireland. The other side of the garden is 1/3 mile away.
The pool was added in 1946 by the Roths. It’s painted white and is unheated.
By this time we had been walking for over 3 hours, and it felt like we had walked for miles. It was also closing time, so we had to end our tour of Filoli and leave.