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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.

photo of a Bruce Porter stained glass

Beyond the Garden: Bruce Porter’s Stained Glass

Saturday, February 27, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Theodor Ellison

This lecture will cover the artistry and timeline of Bruce Porter’s first career as a stained glass artist. Found in churches, private homes, and exclusive clubs around California, Theodore Ellison has assembled the first–ever comprehensive look at Porter’s glasswork and will present the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to his craft.

This lecture coincides with an art exhibit from Filoli’s permanent collection Beyond the Garden: Select Works by Bruce Porter, and is part of our Opening Celebration, Daffodil Daydreams. Admission to Daffodil Daydreams includes this lecture and is FREE for members or with paid admission to Filoli for non–members.

Just announced, a film: Conserving the Dove Window: A Spiritual Journey through Time