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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.


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.

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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.

brightly-colored arrangement with orchids

Floral Artistry: Lecture and Demonstration E
A Floral Design Certificate Program Elective

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Instructor: Bruno Duarte of Fresh Floral Creations, Toronto, Canada

Bruno’s approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. Every leaf, every branch, every bloom is a piece of art unto itself. His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry. Nature provides the inspiration for all of his designs. Watch as he combines organic materials using various techniques to both fascinate and engage the beholder.

Fee: $50 members; $60 non–members.

Summer Sculptre Exhibit

Amaryllis Bulbs by Marcia Donahue, Ceramic.©

Subtractive and Additive The carved and the casted

Thursday, August 13, 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

Sculptures 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.

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