Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge # 108: SANCTUARY

Your sanctuary is your ideal place of relaxation, tranquillity and safety and you can create it exactly as you want to. — Shakti Gawain

This week’s Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge is SANCTUARY.

Self is soooo lucky that, less than 10-minutes drive from her home, is the sanctuary of Filoli Gardens.

This huge estate is managed by a trust, and is among the most magical set of gardens she has ever seen (and she’s seen a lot of gardens).

She happened to visit last Sunday, with a friend. Below are a few pictures she took during that visit. The place is so beautiful, and peaceful. A true sanctuary.

Close to the house are large trees providing plenty of shade:


Further away from the house are rectangular flowerbeds, planted by theme. Interspersed among the flowerbeds is an art installation by Kristine Mays featuring life-size wire sculptures in human shape.


There’s only one word for the Filoli rose garden: spectacular. The bushes are so fat and laden with what must be (at this time of year) their second round of blooms. Jealous.


There is a $25 entrance fee, which must be paid in advance. To avoid crowds, especially on weekends, mornings are best. They usually offer guided tours and classes, but these activities have been suspended during the pandemic. It’s wonderful just to walk, though. And self bought two wee basil plants in the Garden Shop.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.


  1. Tranature - quiet moments in nature said,

    August 2, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Beautiful photographs Marianne and what a wonderful sanctuary to have so close to home! The roses look especially beautiful šŸŒ¹

    • August 2, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      They have a Fourth of July (which also grows in my backyard) but theirs has about five times as many blooms!

  2. Tina Schell said,

    August 2, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    A beautiful spot. I’m always in awe of the garderers who maintain places like these. They are so lush and glorious. Lucky you to have it so nearby.

    • August 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      It is incredible. Every apple tree espaliered, pear trees bursting with fruit, and we only encountered one gardener, a young woman. There is an automatic sprinkler for the rose garden, but I didn’t see one anywhere else.

  3. Amy said,

    August 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    So beautiful! It just 10 min drive from where you are, how lucky. šŸ™‚

    • August 3, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      If you ever visit the Bay Area (like, when things get back to normal!), you should put this on your bucket list! Filoli in Woodside, CA

      • Amy said,

        August 3, 2020 at 7:46 pm

        I’ll put on my bucket list. šŸ™‚ Thank you!

  4. Cathy said,

    August 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    A beautiful place šŸŒ»

  5. August 4, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    What a lovely place! I like the wildflower gardens.

    • August 4, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      i love the wildflower gardens, too! I want to know how to replace my front lawn (which is dry and brown right now) with wildflowers.

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