I’ve lived in the south bay for pretty much my whole life, and I only heard about these gardens a month ago! Where have I been?! The 16 acres of gardens here are absolutely gorgeous, especially when the weather is cooperating (and it usually is). Each garden is separated by brick walls or trimmed hedges, and I think there are 8 or 9 different garden “sections” total. They give you a map of the estate when you buy your admission tickets, so don’t worry about getting lost!
It can get pretty crowded here on weekend afternoons, but because the estate is so big, the crowds usually disperse pretty quickly. So don’t worry, you’ll be able to snag that picture-perfect shot without too many moving bodies in the background. Your admission fee covers entry into both the gardens as well as the main house. If you’re on a time crunch, go see the gardens first! The self-guided house tour goes by pretty quickly and you walk through most of the main rooms on the bottom floor (dining room, kitchen, sitting area, ballroom, etc.). They made sure to keep the setting of the rooms/furniture very close to how the Roth/Bourn families (previous owners of the estate) left them, so it really does feel like a trip back in time when you walk through the house! I didn’t take pictures inside (lighting was a bit too dark), so the pictures you’ll see below are all from the gardens. Enjoy!
There are so many interesting flowers here! That spherical purple one was my favorite! After visiting, I can finally understand why people buy memberships here. This is such a great place to walk around on a weekend afternoon. They also have a cafe somewhere in the estate, but I didn’t have enough time to go look for it. If you’re a student, don’t forget to bring your student ID! The student admission price is $10, while regular adult admission is $20. It’s definitely worth it, though! Hope you guys get a change to visit 🙂