potting shed in the Filios Garden, a site on the 2016 Open Days Garden Tour
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The Filios Garden features a stone potting shed built by Achilles for his wife Candy

Pergola in Filios Garden
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A pergola covers the walkway of the walled vegetable garden.

chicken coop in Filios Garden, 2016 Open Days Garden Tour site
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The chicken coop with its stone wall.

potting shed  in Filios Garden, 2016 Open Days Garden Tour site
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Inside Candy's beautiful stone potting shed

 in Filios Garden, 2016 Open Days Garden Tour site
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Handbuilt stone walls enclose an exuberant dahlia collection

arbor in the Filios Garden, a site on the 2016 Open Days Garden Tour
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The covered pergola leads to a shady nook

Filios Garden


Trumansburg, NY

Candy and Achilles Filios have been creating their own Greek paradise overlooking Cayuga Lake for several decades. The gardens are anchored by beautiful stone walls and outbuildings, including a potting shed that will make you drool with envy, all built by Achilles in the style of his native Greece. The gardens include many flowers and ornamentals, but also have a strong focus on food production. Candy's vegetable garden displays her passion for heirloom pumpkins and an heirloom tomato collection featuring over 30 varieties. A very unique feature of this garden are the “figgeries”, based on a technique for growing fig trees that the Filios' observed in an English garden.10' deep recessed chambers are lined with stone walls to retain the heat, and the top is open during the frost free months. In winter the chambers are covered with layers of plastic and the fig trees have thrived despite two very extreme winters in the northeast. The Filios' also have grapevines, an apple orchard and chestnut trees that provide them with abundant fruit and nuts each fall, and chickens in a special stone-lined run adjacent to one of the figgeries.

Last updated February 25, 2020