Filoli Promises “A Palette of Flowers” this Spring Season

WOODSIDE, CA – 02-13-2018 — From February 23rd to May 20th, Celebrate the abundance of spring flowers in Filoli’s magnificent historic gardens. Beginning in late February, and continuing into April, the palette is awash with flowers from containers of daffodils and tulips, beds of spring annuals, and trees and shrubs all adding to the canvas. Those planning their next trip to Filoli will delight in learning that the property is open for Easter and Mother’s Day, making the estate a family destination. 

Spring 2018 At a Glance |
Spring Frolic: Season Opening Celebration –  Feb 23, 5:00pm–7:30pm | Awaken from your winter slumber and join us for our Spring Frolic Opening Celebration. Enjoy an evening of art, interactive activities, and musical entertainment. Check in at the Visitor and Education Center and be one of the first to view our new Botanical Art Exhibition in the Gallery. Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne and light hors-d’oeuvres during a welcome reception in the Entry Courtyard (included with your ticket). Stop by the Corsage Station and celebrate the coming season by making your own posy corsage with a selection of flowers from Filoli’s “Palette of Flowers.” To round out the evening in true Filoli style, enjoy music and the rare opportunity to dance in the Ballroom. $65 Members| $75 Non-Members 
Mother’s Day Mad Hatter Tea – May 13, 1:00pm–3:00pm | Celebrate the queen of your heart while we paint the roses red in honor of Mom. Please join us for this inaugural Mother’s Day Mad Hatter Tea! This special day includes delectable finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and Filoli Clock Tower Shop jam, and daintily delicious desserts. Taste our ever-popular Filoli Rose Tea, or a selection of others, while you enjoy the elegance of a live harpist and great company. Champagne will be available for purchase in the Gallery outside of the team room. Because this is a set menu, no gluten-free nor other special food requests are offered. General Admission: $65 Members | $75 Non-Members | digital photos available for $10 | Private Table for Two $175, includes high-res professional digital photo of group | Private Table for Four $350, includes high-res professional digital photo of group
Ballroom Concert – Chamber Music Night – March 25, 4:00pm–6:00pm | If you enjoyed the Ballroom Cultural Series last year, you won’t want to miss the spectacular performance by award-winning pianist Hélène Wickett, Vanessa Ruotolo (cellist), and Dawn Harms (violinist). Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne during a brief welcome reception. Members $50 | Non-Members $65
Specialty Hikes and Tours – These 90-minute specialty hikes and tours will run from February 23 through May 20.Nature Hike – Saturdays, 11:00amExperience the beauty and tranquility of Filoli’s Nature Preserve while viewing the wildlife and plants in their native habitats. Nature Education Docents lead hikers through chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian corridors, and redwood groves. Return every week for a new look at these ever-evolving ecosystems! $10 per personGreenhouse Tours – Saturdays, 2:00pmThis is a very special opportunity to tour Filoli’s historic greenhouses with a Filoli docent and learn the history of the greenhouses and nursery, their historic and present uses, and view the incredible plant collections. $10 per personProperty Through Time Hike – Sundays, 2:00pm Discover how the families used the Estate and Nature Preserve and connect with the pastoral landscapes that captivated the Bourns over 100 years ago. Docents lead a hike to landmarks, including the flume and pond, tranquil cemetery, and enormous water tanks. $10 per person
Daffodil Daydreams – Feb 24–25, 10:00am–5:00pm |  In addition to the thousands of blooming bulbs in the Garden, enjoy a dazzling display of daffodil cultivars presented by the Northern California Daffodil Society, mushroom hikes in the Nature Preserve, daffodil talks in the Garden, oral design demonstrations, and children’s craft projects. Find the full schedule of weekend activities on Filoli’s website. Free with a Filoli admission ticket
Filoli Underground – Filoli Underground is a monthly series of walk-and-talks and demonstrations led by Filoli Garden staff and volunteers. They divulge the techniques and tricks used throughout the year to maintain Filoli’s gardens and orchard. Whether you’re a California native or visiting from across the world, you’ll be able to apply these secrets to your own garden. Space is limited, so register on the Filoli website in advance.Sharpening Garden Tools –  March 30, 1:00pm–2:30pmAfter a busy winter of pruning, and an upcoming spring of planting, make sure your garden tools are in good working order to protect your plants as well as your back and hands. $10 per personOrchards and Fruit Thinning – April 27, 1:00pm–2:30pmLearn the techniques and tasks of spring orchard care and maintenance to help produce a bountiful crop of fruit in the fall. $10 per personPlanting the Parterres – May 25, 1:00pm–2:30pmDiscover the magic of how the annual beds at Filoli are prepared and planted for our seasonal displays. $10 per person
20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition – Feb 23–May 20 | Celebrate the abundance of spring flowers on display in Filoli’s magnificent historic gardens. The beautiful and extraordinarily accurate plant portraits by international and local artists will be on display in one of the west coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibitions. Free with a Filoli admission ticketMeet the Artist Hour – Feb 23, 4:00pm–5:00pm | On opening day of the Botanical Art Exhibition, Filoli visitors will have the opportunity to talk with artists, one-on-one, about their inspirations and techniques. Free with a Filoli Admission Ticket
The Filoli Florilegium – Feb 23–May 20 | In honor of the momentous anniversary of the 20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition, we will also be displaying the entire Filoli Florilegium in the historic House. The purpose of the Florilegium is to document the plant materials of Filoli within a historic perspective, using traditional methods of botanical illustration. We encourage you to take a stroll through the House during your next spring visit and see the ever-growing Filoli Florilegium for yourself. Jim Salyards, Head of Horticulture at Filoli, paints the coming of spring as “a reawakening that feeds our soul . . . The spring beds and display pots have been planted and now we await the beauty. Some of the highlights include the Sunken Garden with over 4,000 ‘Dordogne’ tulips, the Dining Room Terrace ‘Lily-Flowered Mix’, a blue hyacinth mix in the West Reception beds, and a pink hyacinth mix in the Bell Beds. We’ll be repeating the mix of tulips in the Dutch Garden again and an enhanced River of Tulips in the Perennial Border.” 
Celebrate the abundance of spring flowers at Filoli’s magnificent historic Garden and breathe deeply for a taste of the season to come!
About FiloliLocated in Woodside, CA, Filoli boasts a 654-acre property featuring a Georgian Revival-style mansion turned living museum, 16-acres of exquisite formal gardens, an operating Gentleman’s Orchard, and a nature preserve with a public Estate Trail. Established as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was opened to the public in 1976 as Filoli Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Filoli prides itself on its distinct seasons where year-round events and exhibits honor its ever-changing beauty. Learn more about the history by watching Filoli: Family Home, Historic Garden, & Living Museum available on YouTube or visit
Mission StatementFiloli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment. 

HOURSTuesday through Sunday10:00am – 5:00pmEvents CalendarBlooming Calendar YearSpring Display 2018  TICKETS & TOURS OFFICE(650) 364-8300 ext. 508 | [email protected] PRICINGAdult:  $22Senior:  $18 (65 years and older)Student/Teacher/Military:  $15 (with valid ID)Children 5 – 17:  $11Children Under 5 Years:  FREEFiloli Members:  FREEGroup Rate:  $17 (15 or more guests)

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