Spring has sprung 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 full of life. From the beautiful flowers blooming all across the San Francisco Bay Area to the crystal clear skies and warm sunshine, our destination has something special for everyone to enjoy. During springtime, we personally love taking a visit to some of the most beautiful gardens in our destination. Therefore, we decided to write about them and inspire you to visit yourself!

A water feature at Filoli Historic House & Garden is surrounded by bright springtime flowers.

Photo courtesy of Filoli


If you are visiting beautiful gardens this spring, you'll definitely need to add Filoli Historic House & Garden in Woodside to your itinerary! Filoli gives you an opportunity to step back in time and explore the beauty and tranquility this one-of-a-kind garden has to offer. Spring is the perfect time to visit since they have over 75,000 bulbs ready to burst with 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. If you are unable to visit in person this spring, be sure to check out their Virtual Botanical Art Exhibit which runs from February 15 - March 31, 2021. This virtual art show features 10 artists who graduated from Filoli’s botanical art certificate program. Filoli is open to visitors daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


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.


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 a 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 every day from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Koi feedings are also very popular, and they’re done during public viewing hours, Monday – Friday, and only during spring and summer months (April – October). The Japanese Tea Garden is beautiful throughout the year, but we suggest visiting in early spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom!


Cherry blossoms are in full bloom at the San Mateo Central Park's Japanese Tea Garden.

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