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Lectures

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.


2016 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.

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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.

arial view by Koptervision of the south end of the Filoli garden

Photo by Koptervision.©

Garden Lecture Series — A Benefit of Membership

In honor of the year of the Garden, Filoli will be featuring a series of garden lectures to inspire a deeper appreciation of the incredible gem in our own backyard.
Lectures will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Visitor Education Center. House and Gardens will be open for these special evenings from 5:00pm–8:00pm

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

Culture of Tulips

Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 pm; the garden stays open from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Presenter: Angela Neal Grove
The tulip is elegant, historic and well–traveled. Sought by sultans, it has adorned dresses of Queens, set trends in style and triggered Tulipmania where fortunes were made and lost. Quite a past for a flower of simple origins from Central Asia. There, each Spring, women gather armfuls of wild tulips from mountain meadows to sell by the roadside. This was on the Ancient Silk Route and historians feel merchants brought the bulbs west in their caravans.

This presentation traces the history and rise of the tulip from its wild origins. It will be illustrated with anecdotes and images of tulips growing in Uzbekistan, Khazakstan, Russia and Holland and also show the tulip’s influence on art and culture through the centuries.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

Garden History and Philosophy

Thursday, May 4 at 6:00 pm. Tickets on sale soon.
Presenter: Joan Jordan, Art Historian and Filoli House and Garden Docent
Why do we have gardens? Is it to provide beauty or food or something more? This lecture will explore the historic and philosophic origins of formal gardens. Find out what the Greeks said about gardens and how they influenced later cultures such as the Italian Renaissance. Hear about what gardens all over the world have in common, where they differ, and how they have been affected by political and economic factors throughout time. And most importantly, discover how the Garden at Filoli fits into this continuum.

Filoli—a National Public Garden

Thursday, June 15 at 6:00 pm. Tickets on sale soon.
Presenter: Kara Newport
Executive Director Kara Newport will share perspective on Filoli’s garden leadership in a national context.

Maintaining an Historic Landscape—
Preserving Design, Plants, Techniques, and Cultural Traditions

Thursday, July 13. Tickets on sale soon.
Presenter: Alex Fernandez
For many people, historic preservation is defined by the large, sexy, restoration projects designed to bring back a neglected and forlorn structure or landscape. While restoration is an important piece in the preservation process, in an historic formal garden like Filoli, the biggest and most challenging piece of the process is the preservation maintenance done on a regular basis by professional horticulturists.

This lecture by Filoli’s Director of Property Operations will give you insight into what it takes to preserve the design, plants, horticultural techniques, and cultural traditions of this historic estate.

Art, Ornaments, and Hardscape in the Garden

Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 pm. Tickets on sale soon.
Presenter: Jim Salyards
We tell the stories about the decorative pieces in the House, and the plants in the Garden. But what are the stories behind the hardscape and decorative components such as the faces on the Garden House, or the fountains, bricks, and gates in the Garden?

Learn more about these exquisite pieces, including the mine that supplied the marble and the factory that made the ceramics, in this informative lecture presented by Filoli’s own head of the Garden.

Timeless Garden Design

Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 pm. Tickets on sale soon.
Presenter: Alexis Datta, Former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle
A presentation in partnership with The Garden Conservancy.