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Horses and carriages in front of a mansionFrom Julia Morgan: English Arts and Crafts Interpreted by Victor Kastner, Hearst Castle Historian.

Historical journeys, garden explorations, architectural brilliance and interesting stories are just a few examples of what you will experience while attending one of our intriguing lectures, each complemented by a remarkable visual presentation. Well–known authors, horticulturists, history enthusiasts and other professionals share their knowledge and experience. Each presentation is followed by a reception during which guests mingle with each other as well as the presenter. In some cases, a book signing and sale will immediately follow. Spend a lovely afternoon experiencing something new at Filoli.

Our guests say it best…
“Fabulouse presentation!” From the Artists at Continent’s End, The Monterey Peninsula’s Art Colony, 1875–1907” lecture.
“Love attending all Filoli lectures!” From Life Lessons from Great Gardens lecture.
“Great program, wonderful birthday gift.” From The Matson White Ships lecture.

2015 Lectures

How to Register

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

Refund Policy

Click here for our Education Programs Refund Policy.

Well–known authors, curators and historians share their knowledge and experience. Each lecture presentation is followed by a reception where guests mingle with each other as well as the presenter. In some cases, a book signing and sale will immediately follow. Spend an afternoon experiencing something new at Filoli.

book cover, seeing flowers

Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Author and presenter: Teri Dunn Chace

We’ve all seen red roses, blue irises and yellow daffodils. But when we really look closely at a flower, whole new worlds of beauty and intricacy emerge. Seeing Flowers is a visual feast that splendidly portraits popular garden flowers using a unique photo process that allows one to see details few have ever seen of each exquisite flower structure such as the amazing architecture of stamens and pistils or the subtle shadings on a petals. Author Teri Dunn Chace’s lyrical and illuminating presentation compliments these images and offers insights on each flower by exploring their distinguishing characteristics and sharing fascinating tidbits, tales and lore. Whether you’re a nature lover, gardener, a photography buff or someone who simply responds to the timeless beauty of the floral world, Seeing Flowers will be a source of enduring delight. A book sales and signing will immediately follow the presentation.

Fee: $25 members; $35 non–members. Fee includes same day admission to Filoli and the other programs offered during our summer programs, The Great Big Garden Bonanza. Check back for complete program details.

Summer Sculptre Exhibit

Blooming by Ruth Watters.©

Subtractive and Additive: The Carved and the Cast

Thursday, August 13, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Sculptors: Ruth Waters and Adon Valenziano

Sculptors Adon Valenziano and Ruth Waters will each present a talk and presentation on their method of creating visually stunning unique works. Ms. Waters sculpts wood or stone, working within the parameters of her materials, subtracting, to create her works. Mr. Valenziano casts in bronze, adding materials and reach out into space as he creates.
Fee: $15 members; $20 non-members, Non-member admission includes access to the House and Garden during open hours, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm)

Learn more about the Summer Sculpture Exhibit and Sculpture Walks.

autumn-colored wreath

Slow Flowers Lecture E A Floral Design Certificate Program Elective

Friday, October 23, 2015, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Friday, October 23, 2015
Instructor: Debra Prinzing, a Seattle and Los Angeles-based Outdoor Living Expert

Debra Prinzing, award–winning author and outdoor living expert will reveal the “big picture” story about the resurgence of American flower farms and the emerging eco–floral design movement. Discover a healthier alternative, for you, your home, and the planet. It calls for living seasonally and locally, using a sustainable approach to flower consumption and floral design. Her visually–elegant presentation explores the “slow–flower” concept featured in The 50 Mile Bouquet, her 2011 book that discusses local, seasonal and sustainable ways to use flowers often times grown right in your own backyard. The presentation will also feature the personal projects from Debra’s new book, Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm. Learn who is leading this movement, how to source locally–grown flowers in your community and why this cultural shift is so important to gardeners. A book sale and signing will immediately follow the presentation.

Fee: $40 members; $50 non–members