|Fight for a just cause; love your fellow man; live a good life = FiLoLi|
So, compared to Filoli, our gardens and garden budgets are pipsqueak. Yet, we can always learn from the greats – and grand and great are what Filoli is.
What I noticed on my visit there at the end of May 2013 are some of the tricks that classical garden designers used to control – not nature (the theme of man over nature was big for the classicists) but the eye. Let's call these framing devices. And even if we don't have classical gardens, we can use these principles in our own space. Here's what I saw.
|The Reflecting Pool in the Sunken Garden|
|A filigree gate and arched doorway takes you into the Chartres Garden|
|Dark hedging frames Filoli's colourful Knot Garden|
|In the formal Chartres Garden, a bright carpet of flowers|
|The cupola clock tower on Filoli's carriage house garage|
|How do you like that knocker?|
|Acanthus spires on the terrace|
|Bowers of fragrant lilies draw you into the Tea House|