Spring has fully arrived in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley and we are super excited! Every season in our destination brings its own uniqueness, but there’s something about spring that makes us feel so blissful. From the beautiful flowers blooming all across the San Francisco Bay Area, to the crystal clear skies, our destination has something special for everyone to enjoy. During springtime, we personally love making a visit to some of the most beautiful gardens in our destination. Therefore, we decided to write about them and inspire you to make a visit yourself!

Filoli Mansion & Gardens
Location: Woodside, CA

If you are visiting beautiful gardens this spring, definitely add historic Filoli in Woodside to your itinerary! Filoli offers an opportunity to explore the beauty and tranquility of another time. Spring is the perfect time to visit since they are currently hosting their “Palette of Flowers” event, which features a wide variety of colorful flowers, from the naturalized daffodils to the purposeful tulips, all layered on the beautifully-designed canvas that is the Historic Garden. Unfortunately, this event ends on May 20, but don’t worry - Filoli has numerous events throughout the entire year for you to enjoy such as their 30th Annual Flower Show. We promise the gardens remain beautiful all year long!

Filoli Gardens

Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
Location: Palo Alto, CA

Hanging out in Silicon Valley and in need of a mental break? We highly suggest heading over to Old Palo Alto and visiting the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden. This historic property is a precious and uncommon resource for everyone, with a rich legacy, a commitment to education, and year-round beauty. This stunning venue features a rose garden, a cutting garden, a formal herb garden, a demonstration bed, a wisteria garden, and an allée. In addition, Gamble Gardens hosts numerous fun events throughout the year that are perfect for the entire family. Children can see the magic of growing plants, and would-be gardeners will learn from Master Gardeners and a horticultural reference library. To top it all off, Gamble Garden is free and open to the public every day during daylight hours.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden

Japanese Tea Garden
Location: Central Park, San Mateo, CA

Back in 1922, the city of San Mateo purchased the Kohl Mansion property and transformed this 16.3-acre property into the city’s signature park, Central Park. The Japanese Tea Garden is located inside Central Park and it’s one of the finest gardens in California. Designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, the garden features a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond and bamboo grove. It is open to the public on weekdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm and on weekends from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Koi feedings are also very popular, and they’re done during public viewing hours during spring and summer only. The Japanese Tea Garden is beautiful throughout the year, but we suggest visiting in early spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom!

Photo by Edna Takeda Geller


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