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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.


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

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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.

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

Celebrating our Centennial

Watershed Lecture

Three Preserved Watersheds of the Peninsula
Filoli, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and Hidden Villa

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 5:30 pm

As part of Filoli´s Centennial celebrations, a new lecture series will be offered starting this year and continuing through 2017. For our second lecture in this exciting series, we invite you to join the Executive Directors of these watersheds: Cynthia D´Agosta of Filoli, Philippe Cohen of Jasper Ridge, and Chris Overington of Hidden Villa as they discuss each site´s importance in open space preservation of the Peninsula, the unique aspects of these beautiful landscapes, and what the sites hold in common.

Fee: $25 members; $30 non–members

  • Register
  • This lecture is open to the public and Filoli members.
  • Reservations begin August 17.
Watershed Lecture

Spring Valley Water System Tour
A Centennial Celebration “Outing”

Friday, September 25, 2015, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Following the lecture of the Peninsula Watersheds earlier in the week, this outing will take us by bus to tour the Crystal Springs Dam, Stanford´s Searsville Dam at Jasper Ridge, and the Pulgas Water Temple. All three were part of the original Spring Valley water system, and thus connected to William Bourn. At each stop of the tour experts will inform us on the significance, history, and operations of these sites. We can promise a fun adventure with friends, lunch, and commentary on the history of the dams, and the water as related to Filoli and the Bourns; a day which will be a wonderful addition to our knowledge of area natural lands. View the lunch menu.

Fee: $75 members; $80 non–members (transportation & lunch included)

  • Call For Tickets
  • Space is limited to 50 persons; reservations begin August 17th
  • Buses depart and return to Filoli.
  • For safety reasons (narrow, steep, and rocky) strollers and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the trails.
Autumn Events

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Farm To Table Dinner
Thursday, September 24

Autumn at Filoli Festival
Saturday, September 26