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From groundbreaking to completion, the Filoli House took nearly three years to complete, with the Garden and other key features of the estate soon to follow. Filoli is celebrating its Centennial over a three–year span: 2015–2017. Each year features an aspect of the property. 2015 was the year of the Land. 2016 was the year of the House & Collections. The three–year Centennial Celebration will culminate in 2017 with the year of the Garden. In addition to Garden lectures and exhibitions that reflect on the 100 year history, Filoli will be presenting new and exciting events and programs that allow members and guests to access the Estate in new ways including a grand Gala that will showcase the Gardens in a new light. Take a look at this short presentation with historical timeline and event information— Celebrating 100 Years: Looking Forward to Looking Back (1.6MB pdf).

We hope you will visit Filoli often this year to help us celebrate Filoli’s Centennial. Don’t forget to check this page as well as our Calendar of Events to see what we have planned in 2017.

Centennial Events, Exhibits, and Lectures

photo of the Filoli ballroom by Nyna Dolby

Photo of the Ballroom by Nyna Dolby.©

The Centennial Ballroom Cultural Series 2017

The Bourns and the Roths entertained their guests in Filoli’s spectacular Ballroom, featuring cultural events such as concerts, as well as balls and parties. This year as we celebrate Filoli’s Centennial, you can experience magical evenings in The Ballroom with entertainment the Bourns would have enjoyed a hundred years ago: silent films accompanied by a pianist, chamber music, and opera.

These special evenings, which include wine and light appetizers, run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

5:00 pm Cocktails in the Service Courtyard, stroll through Filoli’s Gardens, House, and Gift Shop
5:45 pm Ballroom Doors Open
6:00 pm Introduction
6:15 pm Program Begins
8:00 pm Closing

Tickets: $28 members (20% discount); $35 non–members. Includes light appetizers and a champagne toast.

Chamber Music honoring the Opening Concert 100 Years Ago

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:00 pm.
Presented as a tribute to the Bourns’ Ballroom Opening Concert 100 years ago, the evening will feature musicians performing Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, some short Brahms pieces for solo piano, and The Ravel Trio.

Musicians: Hélène Wickett, Piano. Dawn Harms, Violin. Vanessa Ruotolo, Cello.

$28 members; $35 non–members.

Silent Film accompanied by pianist Frederick Hodges

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:00 pm.
Silent Film Night “The General”
Have you ever wondered what people did a hundred years ago for fun? When the Bourns built Filoli a century ago, people went to see silent films—they were very popular with their cutting-edge technology! And now, in celebration of Filoli’s Centennial, we invite you to watch as the magic of silent films, accompanied by pianist Frederick Hodges, moves across the screen.

Join us for an evening of silent film featuring Buster Keaton’s dramatic comedy “The General,” considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, accompanied by pianist Frederick Hodges on Filoli’s grand piano.

$28 members; $35 non–members. Purchase your tickets by June 16.

A Night At The Opera

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 5:00 pm.
The singers of First Street Opera will fill The Ballroom with a selection of pieces both the Bourns and Roths, as longtime supporters of the opera, would have enjoyed. Did you know that Mr. Bourn was one of the first to buy box seats in an opera house that had not yet been built, that Mrs. Bourn was an accomplished classical pianist, and that Mrs. Roth was classically trained in Europe to sing opera?

$28 members; $35 non–members.

Garden Lecture Series — A Benefit of Membership

In honor of the year of the Garden, Filoli will be featuring a series of garden lectures to inspire a deeper appreciation of the incredible gem in our own backyard.
Stroll the gardens and enjoy light refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

bright red tulips

Photo by Jim Allen.©

Culture of Tulips

Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 pm; the garden stays open from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Presenter: Angela Neal Grove

The tulip is elegant, historic and well–traveled. Sought by sultans, it has adorned dresses of Queens, set trends in style and triggered tulip mania where fortunes were made and lost. Quite a past for a flower of simple origins from Central Asia. There, each Spring, women gather armfuls of wild tulips from mountain meadows to sell by the roadside. This was on the Ancient Silk Route and historians feel merchants brought the bulbs west in their caravans.

This presentation traces the history and rise of the tulip from its wild origins. It will be illustrated with anecdotes and images of tulips growing in Uzbekistan, Khazakstan, Russia and Holland and also show the tulip’s influence on art and culture through the centuries.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

arial view by Koptervision of the south end of the Filoli garden

Photo by Koptervision.©

Garden History and Philosophy

Thursday, May 4 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center.
Presenter: Joan Jordan, Art Historian and Filoli House and Garden Docent
Why do we have gardens? Is it to provide beauty or food or something more? This lecture will explore the historic and philosophic origins of formal gardens. Find out what the Greeks said about gardens and how they influenced later cultures such as the Italian Renaissance. Hear about what gardens all over the world have in common, where they differ, and how they have been affected by political and economic factors throughout time. And most importantly, discover how the Garden at Filoli fits into this continuum.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

Filoli—a National Public Garden

Thursday, June 15 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center.
Presenter: Kara Newport
Executive Director Kara Newport will share perspective on Filoli’s garden leadership in a national context.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

Maintaining an Historic Landscape—
Preserving Design, Plants, Techniques, and Cultural Traditions

Thursday, July 13 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tickets on sale soon.
Refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center.
Presenter: Alex Fernandez

For many people, historic preservation is defined by the large, sexy, restoration projects designed to bring back a neglected and forlorn structure or landscape. While restoration is an important piece in the preservation process, in an historic formal garden like Filoli, the biggest and most challenging piece of the process is the preservation maintenance done on a regular basis by professional horticulturists.

This lecture by Filoli’s Director of Property Operations will give you insight into what it takes to preserve the design, plants, horticultural techniques, and cultural traditions of this historic estate.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

Art, Ornaments, and Hardscape in the Garden

Thursday, August 24 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Tickets on sale soon.
Refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center.
Presenter: Jim Salyards

We tell the stories about the decorative pieces in the House, and the plants in the Garden. But what are the stories behind the hardscape and decorative components such as the faces on the Garden House, or the fountains, bricks, and gates in the Garden?

Learn more about these exquisite pieces, including the mine that supplied the marble and the factory that made the ceramics, in this informative lecture presented by Filoli’s own head of the Garden.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

Timeless Garden Design

Thursday, September 14 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Tickets on sale soon.
Refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center.
Presenter: Alexis Datta, Former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle
A presentation in partnership with The Garden Conservancy.

Free to Members; non–members $20. Advance reservation required.

guest enjoying a drink and a trip to the buffet

 

Centennial Gala — Save the Date!

Saturday, August 12
Filoli will celebrate 100 years in style with an extravagant evening to rival the soirees of old. With elements reflective of a time gone by and glimpses of Filoli’s future, this evening will be truly unforgettable. Watch for additional Details to come.

 

Muckross House in Ireland

Muckross House in Ireland. Photo by Andy Leach.©

Trips to Regional Destinations and Tours

In addition to a sold–out trip to Muckross, the estate in Ireland owned by the Bourn Family, tours are planned to regional destinations that help deepen the understanding of this grand tale of California history. Follow the Bourn family through their business and homes from the Empire Mine to their vineyards in Napa. Check back as dates and details unfold.

the Bourn cottage at Empire Mine

 

Empire Mine in Grass Valley, California

Saturday, June 10. Tickets on sale soon.
The Filoli Centennial events committee invites you on a bus tour to the Empire Mine State Historic Park. Filoli’s original owner and builder, William B. Bourn owned the Empire Mine, a hard–rock gold mine in Grass Valley.

Check back for complete details and to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

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2016 Facelift for the Filoli Clock Tower
The west face of the Filoli Clock Tower was given a facelift last year. The intricate design was masterfully completed by our Maintenance Superintendent.

Earlier In 2017

Silent Film accompanied by pianist Frederick Hodges

Thursday, March 2: Silent Film Night “Girl Shy”
Have you ever wondered what people did a hundred years ago for fun? When the Bourns built Filoli a century ago, people went to see silent films—they were very popular with their cutting-edge technology! And now, in celebration of Filoli’s Centennial, we invite you to watch as the magic of silent films, accompanied by pianist Frederick Hodges, moves across the screen.

Join us for an evening featuring Harold Lloyd’s silent film comedy masterpiece “Girl Shy,” accompanied by pianist Frederick Hodges on Filoli’s grand piano.

$28 members; $35 non–members.
Tickets available for purchase on a walk–in basis in our Visitor and Education Center or by calling the ticket office at 650–364–8300, ext. 508 before 4:00 pm.

view of a ballroom mural depicting mucross in ireland

 

Red Carpet Opening

Saturday, February 11, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Join us as we celebrate the start of our third and final year of centennial celebrations. Walk the red carpet as you enter the Ballroom for a champagne toast and light appetizers. Live like the Bourns while you bask in the beauty of the original Muckross murals painted by Ernest Peixotto, gold leaf details, and French crystal chandeliers, adding a feeling of warmth and richness to this grand one hundred year old country estate. Settle in for an exclusive first unveiling our new Filoli Film. Then, meet the authors of our newly released book, “Filoli: Family Home, Historic Garden, Living Museum” for a book signing.

The Filoli Garden and Gift Shop will be open from 5:00 until 6:30 that evening, so that you can purchase your book(s) for signing.

$28 members; $35 non–members. Cocktail attire encouraged.