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Lectures

Horses and carriages in front of a mansionFrom Speed, Style and the English Country House by Curt DiCamillo, a lecture co–sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation.

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.


2014 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

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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.

book cover the complete kitchen garden

The Art of Growing Food

Thursday, September 25, 4:30 am – 6:00 pm
Instructor: Ellen Ecker Ogden

A well–designed kitchen garden goes beyond simply growing food; it is a way of life that builds natural connections with the landscape and promotes well–being. Discover how to design a kitchen garden with an eye for productivity and beauty, as well as flavor. In this dynamic presentation, participants will learn the speaker’s six–step strategy to elevate an ordinary vegetable garden to an extraordinary kitchen resource. Ideal for gardeners just starting out and experienced gardeners eager to learn how to design a vegetable garden that fits their landscape or how to renovate an existing garden to make it easier to maintain and more inviting. A reception, book sale and signing of the speaker's most recent book, The Complete Kitchen Garden, will immediately follow the presentation.

Fee: $25 members; $30 non–members.

Don't miss Ellen's California deput or Filoli's 1st
Farm to Table Dinner on this special evening.

Farm to Table Dinner

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 am – 8:00 pm

The farm to table concept embraces a sustainable approach to farming and food. Using seasonal foods that have been locally grown, our guest chefs will prepare a memorable meal that will be paired with wines by local vintners. A treat for one's senses and enjoyed in the tranquil evening setting of Filoli.

pink roses in a twig watering can

In the Company of Flowers E
A floral design lecture and demonstration

Friday, October 17, 2014, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Instructor: Ron Morgan

Through his imaginative use of flowers, fruits, vegetables and unusual items, Ron Morgan transforms the ordinary into the exquisite. He artfully arranges striking materials into masterpieces. Listen as he shares his experiences and knowledge, watch as he creates breath–taking arrangements and become inspired to create your own floral works of art. Ron is one of the most sought–after and well–recognized floral designers in the United States. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from a master!

Fee: $25 members; $30 non–members.