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Horticulture


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Use the link below each class to register or call 650–364–8300, ext. 508, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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Adult Education at Filoli: Horticulture ClassesLearn from knowledgeable instructors how to grow like Filoli!

Filoli offers a wide range of horticulture classes that the home gardener and those in the profession can apply to their gardening projects. Whether it’s through a one–day class or a series, students gain an in–depth understanding of the class’ subject matter through well thought–out curriculum, one–on–one instruction and class handouts.

Our students say it best…
“Thank you for encouraging questions and discussion, and for keeping the class small. That made a huge difference. It allowed us to get to know each other and ask questions without getting too off track on the materials. Liked being out in the garden and seeing examples of what we were discussing.” From A Year in the Garden.

“Mimi is clear and patient — an excellent instructor.” From Citrus Care.

2017 Classes

Pruning Classes

Pruning Classes

Instructor: Mimi Clarke unless noted otherwise.

Become familiar with basic principles and practices of proper pruning techniques and plant care. Learn the terminology, commonly used techniques, timing and care for a variety of landscape plants to insure healthy growth and blooms. Aesthetically pleasing and horticulturally sound trees and plants will enhance your garden and provide continued enjoyment.

Fee for each class: $45 members; $55 non–members.


Wisteria

Saturday, January 14, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Hydrangea

Wednesday, January 18, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Roses: Hybrid Teas

Wednesday, January 25, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Roses: Climbers, Ramblers, and Scramblers

Wednesday, January 25, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Fruit Trees

Saturday, January 28, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Kate Nowell, Filoli Horticulture Staff

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Camellia Walks

Thursdays and Saturdays, February 23 through March 25

For much of the year, the deep glossy green foliage of Filoliís camellias provides lush backdrops and cooling canopies throughout the garden. During the months of January through March, when they are at their peak, shrubs and small trees are bursting with stunning displays in all shades of red, white and pink. Filoli has an extensive collection of these garden beauties, some over 70 years old. Join us on a guided Camellia Walk and find out about the special characteristics of the different plants, where they fit in the landscape, the history of Camellias at Filoli, which ones are fragrant and more!

Fee: $10 members; $20 non–members.

The Home Grown Greenhouse
An Introduction to Caring for your Houseplants

Sundays, February 12, or March 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Bridget Kelly, Filoli Horticulture Staff

Have you ever visited a botanical conservatory, or glasshouse, and wondered afterwards how you could recreate your own version of that experience? This course is designed with the houseplant enthusiast in mind. By focusing on popularly kept house plants, this course aims to introduce you to finding the best fitting plant for your space, understanding how to best replicate ideal growing conditions, and the care and maintenance of keeping your thriving mini–jungle happy. Students will also have the chance to experience a behind–the–scenes tour of Filoli’s Greenhouse, and learn a bit about how the staff cares and manages Filoli’s extensive plant collections.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Cutting Garden

Cutting Garden Design

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hayley Carmody, Filoli Horticulture Staff

Discover how to design a cutting garden that suits your style, space and needs. Become familiar with soil amendments and fertilizers, the timing of plants, and how long to expect a bloom. Learn how to evaluate and pick the right plants, and invaluable help with answering the question of annuals versus perennials. Receive helpful cutting tips to get the best bloom and least amount of impact on the plants. This class will be hands–on in the Filoli Cutting Garden!

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

mediterranean garden design

Garden Design for a Mediterranean Climate

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Did you know fall is the perfect time to plant native plans and Mediterranean-climate plants? By utilizing the upcoming rain plants have an easier time getting established. Topics of this lecture class include caring for the soil, choosing the appropriate plant materials for our climate, and learning about season–appropriate tasks to keep you garden looking good year round.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Propagating

Easy Propagating from Cuttings

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hayley Carmody

Propagating is the easiest way to increase the plants in your garden while decreasing the cost. Find out what plants propagate by simply by cutting them and sticking them into soil and how to do it. Where you cut, how you prepare the cutting and what type of soil works best. Take home cutting from the Filoli greenhouse to plant in your garden.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Planting for a Drought Tolerant California

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hayley Carmody

What is considered a low water plant? Discover the diversity of plants within this classification as Hayley talks about the different bloom times and how best to plan for them. Also discussed will be the desired soil substrate, sun light and proper maintenance of these drought tolerant plants. This class is perfect for someone who wants to plan a more water conscious garden and have blooms year round.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members. Price includes all materials

Red Camellia

Camellia Pruning and Care

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Now that the blooms are gone, itís time to insure continued growth and new buds. Learn the practices of camellia pruning and care through an informative walk, talk and demonstration. Renovation techniques will also be discussed.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Maple Leaves

Japanese Maple Tree Pruning and Care

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
or Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Proper techniques for pruning your Japanese maples in a manner that is both aesthetically pleasing and horticulturally sound will be taught in this class. You will learn the proper timing of Japanese maple pruning depending upon the outcome you desire, how to properly open and "sculpt" your tree and the different approaches to pruning a "focal point" specimen versus a background tree.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Container Gardens

Saturday, April 29 or August 19, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hallie Schmidt

Discover how to design and care for a beautiful container garden. Container gardens are great for gardening in small spaces and to add a WOW-factor to patios, entryways and other outdoor areas. Best of all, they provide constant color. Then create your own container garden to take home.

Fee: $65 members; $80 non–members.

Dahlia

Growing the Perfect Dahlia

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Dahlias come in a bountiful assortment of shapes and stunning colors, all guaranteed to brighten your garden and home. Learn tips and tricks on how to grow the perfect dahlia and get the most out of your plantings. Through hands-on instruction students will learn the process of potting up and planting Dahlia tubers. All participants will go home with a Filoli Dahlia to plant in their own garden.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Bee Polinator

Itís a Pollinator Friendly World
Discover Which Plants Make Great Pollinators

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Bridget Kelly, Filoli Horticulture Staff

Inspired by the Gardens at Lake Merrit--a wildly popular garden spot for the local pollinators of Oakland, this class aims to aid the home gardener in developing a pollinator friendly garden. This course will cover which pollinators inhabit the Bay Area, how the gardener can encourage them to visit their garden (and even stay!), and what kinds of plants are ideal for making that happen.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members. Price includes all materials

Fall Veggie Garden

Veggie Garden Basics

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Bring diversity to your garden by growing a variety of vegetables. Learn how to grow vegetables in containers and throughout your garden. Special attention will be paid to planning and designing for a year-round harvest and figuring out what crops work in your particular situation. Whether you're an experienced gardener looking for extra tips, or a complete novice, celebrate the seasons by planting a vegetable garden!

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Lemons

Citrus Care

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Find out about the cultivation and care of citrus. Discover why pruning, training, fertilization and pest control are so important. Learn how to insure your citrus bears a healthy crop of delicious fruit each year.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

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Orchard Walks

Thursdays and Saturdays, February 23 through March 23

The Orchard at Filoli is 6.8 acres in size and includes a wide variety of fruit tree varieties including apples, pears, plums, quince, nectarines, nuts and more. It also boasts a collection of approximately 130 grape varieties. It is an eclectic connoisseurís collection of European and American varieties of fruits, many of which were originally grown for the enjoyment of the family of the estate. Take a guided walk in our orchard and learn more about this defining landscape feature, taste fruit (when available) right off the tree and discover what Filoli is doing to conserve not only the rare fruits but the traditions of this unique heirloom orchard. These fun informative walks will begin mid-June and be offered on select Saturday and Sunday mornings, and weekday evenings. A complete schedule and registration will be available on our website in March.

Adult Fee Per Walk: $10 members; $20 non–members.
Child Fee Per Walk: $5 members; $10 non–members.
Non-member fee includes same day admission to the House and Garden during normal hours.

Summer Pruning

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Seasonal pruning is essential and this class will target various types of pruning that needs to be performed during the summer months. Pruning techniques will be discussed on a range of plants such as spring flowering shrubs, roses, wisteria and fruit trees as you tour the Garden. Then apply those new-found skills in your own garden.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Ladybug on Flower

Childrenís Garden Exploration Day

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Instructor: Hallie Schmidt

Children age 7 through 10 are invited to come, enjoy and learn at Filoli for the day. Activities will teach them about gardens, and the animals and plants that live in them. Children will have fun doing crafts, playing field games, and pick flowers and fruit from the Garden to take home .

Fee: $50 members; $60 non–members.

Succulents

Succulent Care and Culture

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Discover what it takes to keep these garden and container plants happy and healthy. You learn to care for them, propagate them and how to best use them in the landscape. Start growing these unique water-wise plants today. Each student will take home cuttings and/or plants to grow at home.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Lemons

Seed Collecting and Preserving

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Seed collection plays an important role in the preservation and continuation of garden plants - itís also a lot of fun! Learn how to collect, clean and preserve seeds for years of successful plantings from your vegetable and flower garden. Take home seeds from the Filoli garden to grow in your garden.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Perennials

Dividing Garden Perennials

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Keep your perennials healthy and strong while producing more plants for your garden by using proper dividing techniques. Filoli perennials are divided and replanted as part of this hands-on workshop. Participants take home a plant division of their own from the Filoli garden.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Perennials

Native Plant Dyes

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Justin Brown

There is an abundance of native California plans that can be used to create natural dyes. Learn about the species that yield dye, how to extract the dyes and finally how to apply them to a variety of fibers such as fabrics and threads. Everyone will get their hands into it and dye samples to take home.

Fee: $45 members; $55 non–members.

Tulips

Fall Planting for Spring Colors

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Mimi Clarke

Fall is the time to plant for a beautiful spring display. Learn Filoliís tricks for selecting and planting spring pots and beds. Each participant plants a pot of annuals to take home for a delightful spring bloom. This is a hands-on workshop: please dress appropriately and bring gloves and bottled water.

Fee: $55 members; $65 non–members.

A Year in the Garden

 

2017 A Year in the Garden Series

Instructor: Mimi Clarke

This informative series is for the home gardener who wants an in–depth understanding of plants and gardening. Courses will cover a broad range of topics including plant growth and plant uses, garden design and seasonal maintenance. This series is suitable for the novice gardener or those with some prior knowledge or experience. A Certificate of Completion will be given to those completing all fifteen courses. Classes take place in the classroom and in the Garden; please dress appropriately.

Fee for the Series: $575 members; $690 non–members. Fee includes all course materials and each course is supplemented with handouts.


Wednesday, February 8 or Saturday, February 11
A Year in the Garden

Botany for Gardeners Part I

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A strong foundation in botany is an important aspect in becoming a well-rounded gardener. This course includes discussions on plant anatomy, plant life cycles and reproduction and plant physiology. This is an ideal class for anyone interested in plants and gardening. This course takes place indoors.

A Year in the Garden

Landscape Tree and Shrub ID

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This course presents a detailed study of the visual characteristics, nomenclature, cultural requirements and design applications of woody landscape plant material. You will learn to recognize the plants in different landscape settings and become familiar with them, based on the various training and pruning techniques applied. This class teaches you to recognize how the treatment of a plant specimen can achieve different results.


Wednesday, March 8 or Saturday, March 11
A Year in the Garden

Botany for Gardeners Part II

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
This class is a continuation of Botany for Gardeners Part I.

 

A Year in the Garden

Pruning Principles I

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In this course you will learn the basic principles and practices of proper pruning techniques. You will become familiar with the terminology, and practices of commonly used techniques for pruning a variety of landscape plants. This course takes place outdoors.


Wednesday, April 5 or Saturday, April 8
A Year in the Garden

Soil Management

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Soil structure is an essential element in creating a successful garden. No garden can thrive if the soil conditions are poor. This course teaches you about soil structure, fertility and water availability in order to give you a better understanding of the whole picture. You will also learn about different ways to improve the soil through amendments and other techniques. This course takes place indoors.

A Year in the Garden

Landscape Perennial and Annual Plant ID

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This class presents a detailed study of the visual characteristics, nomenclature, cultural requirements and design applications of herbaceous landscape plant material. You will learn to recognize the plants in different landscape settings and become familiar with them at their various stages of maturity. This class is intended to broaden your plant palette, so that you can create a more varied planting plan. This course takes place outdoors.


Wednesday, May 3 and Saturday, May 6
A Year in the Garden

Garden Design

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
This course covers the design process and is intended to help you learn to evaluate plants to combine them successfully in your garden. An emphasis will be placed on how to work with the space you have, becoming familiar with a variety of materials and selecting the right plant for the right place. This course takes place indoors and outdoors.

A Year in the Garden

Seed Collecting and Preserving

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Seed collection plays an important role in the preservation and continuation of garden plants — it’s also a lot of fun! Learn how to collect, clean and preserve seeds for years of successful plantings from your vegetable and flower garden. Take home seeds from the Filoli garden to grow in your garden.


Wednesday, June 7 and Saturday, June 10
A Year in the Garden

Water Management

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Gain a better understanding of how to properly manage your irrigation system and create a schedule appropriate for the Bay Areaís Mediterranean climate. This is a lecture class with time spent in the garden looking at Filoliís Irrigation clocks and systems.

A Year in the Garden

Native California Plant ID Walk

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Challenge the misconception that native plants are "weeds," and learn some of the beautiful native trees, shrubs and wildflowers that grace Filoli's formal and informal gardens. This walk and talk will cover tips on planting, watering, and maintaining striking specimen plants appropriate to a variety of garden styles.


Wednesday, July 12 and Saturday, July 15
A Year in the Garden

Pest Management

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Skilled gardeners must familiarize themselves with the various pests and diseases that plague our gardens. It is essential to be able to identify and control them. This class provides you with the knowledge to identify. Prevent and control pest and disease outbreaks. Proper plant selection, site preparations and selection, soil conditions and other methods of control, with an emphasis on non-chemical control, is discussed.

A Year in the Garden

Pruning Principles II

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This class is a continuation of Pruning Principles I.


Wednesday, August 9 and Saturday, August 12
A Year in the Garden

Plant Propagation Lecture

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
This class covers the principles and practices of reproducing plants. Topics include propagation by seed and vegetative methods including cuttings, layering, and division.

A Year in the Garden

Plan Propagation Lab

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 


Wednesday, September 13 and Saturday, September 16
A Year in the Garden

Preparing for Fall

10:30 am – 12:30 pm
As the summer season comes into full bloom discover how to maintain that vigorous growth as well as how to prepare for the upcoming seasons. This class covers a broad range of practical information such as how to prune summer blooming perennials and annuals to achieve lasting blooms and pruning spring flowering shrubs in the summer to prepare for the fall. During the fall season of the garden a lot happens to get the garden ready for the upcoming winter months and spring season. Learn good gardening practices such as garden grooming and pruning, soil preparation and selecting and planting bulbs and annuals for your spring display. This class takes place outdoors.

A Year in the Garden

Garden Project Overview and Luncheon

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Review what was taught throughout the year, discuss your garden projects and get input and advice from the instructor to help you see them through to completion. This is an open session so bring your garden plans, ideas and questions and share them with the other students and the instructor. Celebrate the completion of this fifteen-part series with a lunch provided by Filoli.