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Filoli is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Event Information

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

Quail’s Nest Café

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

Clock Tower Shop

Shop for gifts, clothing and jewelry, potted plants and garden accents, seasonal table settings and housewares, spices and other edibles in the carriage house under the clock tower.

2017 Event Calendar

Visit Filoli’s Event Calendar to learn about the 2017 schedule. We have a lot planned this year as we celebrate our centennial year of the garden. We invite you to mark your calendar and plan your visit to include a lecture, art exhibit, or special event.

Daffodil Daydreams

Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26

Don’t miss your favorite activities!Text FILOLI to 56512 and then DAFFODIL to receive text alerts throughout the day about scheduled activities. You won’t miss a single activity that we have planned for you.

Daffodils, camellias, magnolias, flowering plums and daphne are just of a few of the spectacular blooms that lead the way at Filoli each spring. The start of this blooming parade is the daffodil. 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 flower bed, 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 three days of talks, tours, demonstrations, and hands–on activities.

Admission to all activities is FREE for members or with paid admission to Filoli. Reservations are not necessary.

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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.

Don’t miss this year’s spectacular display!

Program Schedule:

Friday, February 24 — Artistic Impressions
10:00 am–4:00 pm Paint or Photograph in the Garden
Artists are invited to be inspired by the winter landscape, blooms and architectural features as they paint or photograph in the Garden.

Filoli Art Classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors and take place throughout the year.
11:00 am–12:00 pmTalk and visual presentation: Embroidered Portraits
Presenter: Filoli instructor Annalee Levin
There is a long tradition of embroidered portraits from the kings and queens of the 17th Century to the embroidered photographs of contemporary artist Maurizio Anzeri. As a medium, embroidery carries with it specific meanings and associations. What is it about the use of embroidery that makes these portraits different from a painted image? This lecture will explore different histories and contexts behind the embroidered portrait.

Take a look at more embroidery classes with Annalee.
12:00 pm–4:00 pm Hands–on Crafts for Children of All Ages
Children craft projects to take home in celebration of “Daffodil Daydreams.”
1:00 pm–2:30 pm Hands–on Embroidery Workshop — with Filoli instructors Lucy Barter and Annalee Levin
Fee: $10 for materials paid to the instructor.
Experiment with embroidering on photographs in the style of contemporary artists. Embroidery supplies and some found photographs will be provided but you can also bring your own photograph to work on.

Take a look at more embroidery classes with Lucy and Annalee.
1:15 pm–2:15 pm Talk and Visual Presentation: My Paris Art Vacation
Join art instructor Laurie Johnson as she shares her Paris art vacation including the popular art museums you can visit while there, as well as some really great ones people miss! Plan your next trip to Paris with these experiences in mind.
2:00 pm–3:30 pm Guided Walk: 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.
2:30 pm–3:30 pm Demonstration: Flower Arrangements Inspired By Art
Presenter: Filoli instructor Wendy Morck
There are so many timeless pieces of artwork that influence and inspire the floral designs of today. Watch as Wendy creates arrangements that beautifully blend and enrich the artwork that inspires them.

Further your skills by taking a Floral Design Class.
3:30 pm–5:00 pm Guided Walk: Art in the Grand Historic House
Guide: House and Garden Docent David Landsidle
Take a guided walk and learn about the significant art collection that includes portraits of Filoli’s owners, English and American marine paintings, works by John Singer Sergeant, 17th and 18th Century English portraits, a major 18th Century Dutch still life, and several large paintings of Ireland commissioned to decorate the 70 foot ballroom.
Saturday, February 25 — Garden Inspirations
10:00 am–4:00 pm Paint or Photograph in the Garden
Artists are invited to be inspired by the winter landscape, blooms and architectural features as they paint or photograph in the Garden.

Filoli Art Classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors and take place throughout the year.
10:15 am–11:15 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.
11:00 am–12:15 pm Guided walk: Camellias in the Filoli Garden Led by Filoli camellia docents
11:30 am–12:30 pm Demonstration: A Posy in your Pocket: Living with the Language of Flowers
Presenter: Filoli Instructor Teresa Sabanka
A posy is a floral greeting card! It is a bouquet of flowers and herbs whose meaning in the historical language of flowers conveys a message. Delight in this art form as Teresa demonstrates how to make them and what they mean.

Take a look at more floral design courses.
12:00 pm–4:00 pm Hands–on Crafts for Children of All Ages
Children craft projects to take home in celebration of “Daffodil Daydreams.”
1:30 pm–2:30 pm Demonstration: The Art of Paper Flowers
Presenter: Filoli Instructor Tiffanie Turner of Paper SF
Botanical artist Tiffanie Turner will be on site to demonstrate techniques for making lovely and realistic daffodils and double daffodils.
3:30 pm–4:30 pm Demonstration: Flower Arrangements Inspired by the Winter Garden
Presenter: Filoli Instructor Katherine Glazier
From bare branches for support structures to seasonal blooms such as daffodils, hyacinths and pussy willow to add color and texture, and other unique garden elements as compliments, Katherine will create inspiring arrangements.

Further your skills by taking a Floral Design Class.
Sunday, February 26 — Inspirations for All Ages
10:00 am–4:00 pm Paint or Photograph in the Garden
Artists are invited to be inspired by the winter landscape, blooms and architectural features as they paint or photograph in the Garden.

Filoli Art Classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors and take place throughout the year.
10:00 am–11:30 pm Guided Walk: Filoli Greenhouse Tour with Filoli Horticulturist Bridget Kelly.
11:00 am–12:00 pm Guided walk: Camellias in the Filoli Garden Led by Filoli camellia docents
11:00 am–12:15 pm Demo and hands–on: Family Fun with Flowers
Presenter: Filoli Instructor Karen Flores
Flower arranging is creative and easy, and you are never too young nor too old to start! Enjoy each other’s company while watching Karen make beautiful flower arrangements anyone can make. Recommended for families with children ages five and older.
11:00 am–12:30 pm Guided Walk: Nature in the Garden led by Filoli Nature Education Docents
Designed for families with young children.
12:00 pm–4:00 pm Hands–on Crafts for Children of All Ages
Children craft projects to take home in celebration of “Daffodil Daydreams.”
12:30 pm–2:00 pm Walk and Talk: Filoli Greenhouse Tour
Filoli horticulturis Bridget Kelly takes you on a behind–the–scenes tour of the greenhouses.
1:00 pm–2:00 pm Demo and hands–on: Inspiring Young Botanical Artists
Presenter: Filoli Instructor Dorothy Hunter
Join Dorothy on an exploration of art through fun demonstrations and interactions then children will try their hand at it. Recommended for families with children ages 7 and older.
2:00 pm–3:30 pm Guided Walk: 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.
3:00 pm–4:00 pm Demonstration: Art with a Needle
Presenter: Filoli Instructor Anna Davidson
Mastering a needle and thread is so much fun. Embroidery liberates students from the misguided belief that creativity is only for the gifted — everyone can have success with it! Recommended for families with children ages 8 and older. For children wishing to participate in the hands–on portion, there is a $5 fee for materials.

Displays and additional information:

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 Clock Tower Shop Courtyard — ask our knowledgeable docents about Filoli gardening practices, plant identification, and home gardening information.
2017 marks our year–long celebration of the year of the garden and will feature art exhibits like 100 Years in the Garden. Look for the cut and potted flower display from Filoli’s greenhouses, Garden and surrounding areas.