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Free for current members or with paid admission to Filoli for non–members.

Admission Fees:
$20 Adult non–member
$17 Senior adult non–member (age 65 and older)
$10 Child non–member (ages 5–17)
Free for children ages 4 and younger


Phone:
Monday – Friday:
9:00 am–4:00 pm
(650) 364–8300, ext. 508

The Café

The Filoli Café is in a beautiful setting and always serves a delicious variety of soups, sandwiches, salads and sweet treats for you to enjoy!

Garden and Gift Shop

Shop for gifts, clothing and jewelry, potted plants and garden accents, seasonal table settings and housewares, spices and other edibles.

2016 Event Calendar

Visit Filoli’s Event Calendar to learn about the 2016 schedule. We have a lot planned for 2016, so we invite you to mark your calendar and plan your visit to include a lecture, art exhibit, or special event.

Daffodil Daydreams

Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 2016

Daffodils lead the floral parade each spring and at Filoli more than 500,000 bulbs burst into bloom. They are one of the easiest and hardiest of the garden flowers, giving you more with each year passing. From the smallest to the largest, whether planted in a formal flowerbed, naturalized in a field, or grown in a display pot these flowering beauties signify the rebirth of the garden.

Join us as we celebrate the spectacular flowering of Filoli’s Garden through two-days of informative talks, walks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

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Filoli is an American Daffodil Society Display Garden and grows a wide variety of daffodil cultivars with the purpose of educating visitors about these wonderful, easy–to–grow flowers and how they can thrive in almost any landscape.

2016 marks our year–long celebration of the historic House, featuring exhibits like Beyond the Garden: Select Works by Bruce Porter, and is also Filoli’s 40th year as a historic property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Admission to all Daffodil Daydreams activities is FREE for Filoli members or with paid admission for non–members.

Program Schedule:

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

Friday, February 26
10:00 am–3:00 pm Paint and Photograph in the Garden
Paint, draw, and photograph in the Garden as you are inspired by the winter landscape and architectural features.

Filoli Art Classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors and take place throughout the year.
10:30 am–11:30 amTalk: The Art and History of Embroidery
Presenter: Filoli instructor Lucy Barter
Embroidery is a historic art form that is centuries old. Its age of origin is unknown but examples survive from Ancient Egypt, the Iron Age in Northern Europe, and Zhou Dynasty China. Join Lucy as she shares her extensive knowledge and beautiful works.

Take a look at more embroidery classes with Lucy.
12:00 pm–1:30 pm Hands–on Embroidery Workshop —
Fee: $10 for materials paid to the instructor.

Learn the artistry of embroidery through a hands–on lesson with Lucy Barter that uses a range of embroidery stitches that have been used throughout the ages.

Take a look at more embroidery classes with Lucy.
12:00 pm–3:00 pm Hands–on Crafts for Children of All Ages
Children craft projects to take home in celebration of “Daffodil Daydreams.”
1:00 pm–2:00 pm Food Demonstration: Cooking with Seasonal Foods
Instructor and chef Ursula Gallichotte will make your mouth water when she demonstrates the art of cooking with seasonal foods.

Take a Foods Class class with Ursula.
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Demonstration: Flower Arranging Using Seasonal Blooms
Watch Filoli instructor Katherine Glazier create a beautiful arrangement using late winter flowers and greenery as she discusses plant selection and conditioning.

Further your skills by taking a Floral Design Class.
2:00 pm and 2:30 pm Conserving the Dove Window: A Spiritual Journey through Time
In 2013, during an inspection of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, it was discovered that the Dove Window, which had lit up the sanctuary for 118 years, was falling apart.

When the window was made, the revolutionary San Francisco artist Bruce Porter selected a sheet of beautiful blue glass. Yet, a fatal weakness in that glass has now left the window riddled with cracks. Rising to action, the church raised funds and hired Nzilani Glass Conservation, led by Ariana Makau, to try and save the crumbling window. This struggle, captured on film by Ian Carr, reveals the challenges and hard choices faced by the artists, conservators, and congregants who became involved. This film will also be shown on Saturday at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm.
3:00 pm–4:00 pm Preparing the Garden for Spring
Filoli Instructor: Mimi Clarke
Discover what is needed to maintain the garden this time of year and what it takes to prepare it for spring. Topics include pruning, soil preparation, planting, and fertilizing.

Learn more from Mimi by taking a Filoli Horticulture Class.
Saturday, February 27
10:00 am–12:00 pm Saturday Nature Hike
Did you know that Filoli’s nature preserve has more than seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of native California habitats? Join experienced Nature Education Docents on a guided, two-hour hike along some of these well-maintained trails. Space is limited, pre-registration is recommended. Please click here to register.

See a list of all Saturday Nature Hikes.
10:00 am–3:00 pm Paint and Photograph in the Garden
Paint, draw, and photograph in the Garden as you are inspired by the winter landscape and architectural features.

Filoli Art Classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors and take place throughout the year.
10:30 am–11:30 pm Talk: Growing Daffodils In Your Garden
Presenter: Nancy Tackett of Northern California Daffodil Society
Nancy shares her experience and gives helpful hints for growing daffodils in the Bay Area. Find out about the different varieties and how easy it is to grow these garden beauties that come back year after year.
12:00 pm–1:30 pm Hands–on Embroidery Workshop —
Fee: $10 for materials paid to the instructor.

Learn the artistry of embroidery through a hands–on lesson with Lucy Barter that uses a range of embroidery stitches that have been used throughout the ages.

Take a look at more embroidery classes with Lucy.
12:00 pm–3:00 pm Hands–on Crafts for Children of All Ages
Children craft projects to take home in celebration of “Daffodil Daydreams.”
1:00 pm–2:00 pm Walk and Talk: Daffodils in the Filoli Garden
Melissa Reading of Northern California Daffodil Society will take you on a one hour walk to admire and learn about Filoli’s Daffodil varieties.
1:00 pm–2:00 pm Food Demonstration: Cooking with Seasonal Foods
Instructor and chef Ursula Gallichotte will make your mouth water when she demonstrates the art of cooking with seasonal foods.

Take a Foods Class class with Ursula.
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Demonstration: Flower Arranging Using Seasonal Blooms
Watch Filoli instructor Wendy Morck create a beautiful arrangement using late winter flowers and greenery as she discusses plant selection and conditioning.

Further your skills by taking a Floral Design Class.
2:00 pm and 2:30 pm Conserving the Dove Window: A Spiritual Journey through Time
In 2013, during an inspection of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, it was discovered that the Dove Window, which had lit up the sanctuary for 118 years, was falling apart.

When the window was made, the revolutionary San Francisco artist Bruce Porter selected a sheet of beautiful blue glass. Yet, a fatal weakness in that glass has now left the window riddled with cracks. Rising to action, the church raised funds and hired Nzilani Glass Conservation, led by Ariana Makau, to try and save the crumbling window. This struggle, captured on film by Ian Carr, reveals the challenges and hard choices faced by the artists, conservators, and congregants who became involved. This film will also be shown on Friday at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm.
3:00 pm–4:00 pm Beyond the Garden: Bruce Porter’s Stained Glass
Presenter: Author and Stained Glass Artist Theodore Ellison
Found in churches, private homes, and exclusive clubs around California, Theodore Ellison has assembled the first–ever comprehensive look at Bruce Porter’s glasswork, the context and artistic influences that inspired his unique approach to his craft. Bruce Porter was the principal artist who designed Filoli’s formal Garden.

This lecture coincides with an art exhibit from Filoli’s permanent collection Beyond the Garden: Select Works by Bruce Porter.

Displays and information in the Visitor and Education Center:

Display by the Northern California Daffodil Society. The NCDS is and educational organization comprised of individuals who enjoy growing daffodils and want to share that with others. Filoli Garden Information Docents in the Garden and Gift Shop Courtyard — ask our knowledgeable docents about Filoli gardening practices, plant identification, and home gardening information.
Art ExhibitBeyond the Garden: Select Works by Bruce Porter — Bruce Porter, most well–known at Filoli for his work designing our formal garden, was also an accomplished artist. See a selection of his work from Filoli’s permanent collection. Look for the cut and potted flower display from Filoli’s greenhouses in the Garden and surrounding areas.