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Why is it called Filoli?

This question and many more answered in our History section.

Designed between 1915 – 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains in Woodside, California, Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture.

Filoli House across hay fieldFiloli House across hay field.

Opened to the public in 1976 as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli features a 54,000 sq. ft. home and a 16–acre English Renaissance Garden. In addition, Filoli's property includes a 6.8 acre Gentlemen’s Heritage Orchard and a trail system that transverses five different ecosystems for docent–guided nature hikes and visits to the Sally MacBride Nature Center. Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century and is a cherished resource for the community valuing education, volunteerism and diversity.


Filoli is a charitable 501 (c) (3) non–profit organization whose operations are managed by the Filoli Governing Board. A paid staff of approximately 60 individuals (many on a part–time basis) and volunteer ranks that exceed 1,200 are responsible for a wide range of day–to–day activities including horticulture, botanical arts, nature education, programming, membership, ticketing, maintenance, preservation, special event planning and execution, food service and retail.

Filoli Mission Statement

Filoli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment.

Filoli 2016 Governing Board:

  Donna Colson, President Heidi Brown, Vice President
 Carolyn Daley, Treasurer Terry Negendank, Secretary
 Toni Barrack Carol Moran
 Denise Bates Ron Peyton
 David Buergler Thomas Rohlen
 Carol Croce Larry Schwab
 Jeff Deaton Barbara Seipp
 Patrick Gilligan Nancy Shannon
 Lennie Gotcher Christian Smith, Esq.
 Jackie Hasenstab Kathy Trafton
 Jacque Jarve Diane Wasson
 Ron Kovas Mary White
 Gloria Malouf David Wollenberg
 Donna Mollenhauer  

Filoli Speakers’ Bureau

Would your club or organization enjoy a 30–minute presentation about Filoli? If so, a representative from Filoli will deliver a lovely visual presentation telling the Filoli story. Learn about the history, landscape, programs and volunteer opportunities associated with this beloved Woodside estate nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Please contact the administration office by email at or by phone at (650) 364–8300, extension 216 to see if a Filoli speaker can present to your organization.

Filoli and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Chartered by U.S. Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non–profit, private organization whose mission is to “protect the irreplaceable that tells America’s story.” The Trust offers a wide variety of services and resources to the public and its members. For example, the Trust provides financial assistance to restore historic buildings and homes in local communities around the U.S. On Capital Hill, the Trust advocates for public policies that benefit historic places. On the local level, the organization supports local grass roots efforts to preserve historic resources.

The National Trust’s 29 Historic Sites serve more than 800,000 visitors each year. The most recent addition to the portfolio is Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Thanks to the generosity of the Roth family, Filoli became an Historic Site in 1979. Filoli, like all sites, is a beneficiary of the National Trust’s many services including support in the areas of funding, leadership and organizational development, governance, educational opportunities and preservation practices.