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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

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.

photo of the Filoli ballroom by Nyna Dolby

Photo of the Ballroom by Nyna Dolby.©

Ballroom Cultural Series

Both the Bourn and the Roth Families used the Ballroom as a way not only to entertain but also to bring current cultural experiences to life at the estate. This year you will have an opportunity to be guests of the estate and experience entertainment of the times—from silent films to opera. These events will take place in the Ballroom, House and Gardens will be open for these special evenings from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Silent Films

Thursdays, March 2 and June 22, 6:00 pm
Enjoy the magic of the silent films presented in traditional form with a live pianist.

Chamber Music honoring the Opening Concert 100 Years Ago

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 pm
A tribute to the Bourns’ Ballroom Opening Concert 100 years ago, the evening will feature the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Ravel.
Hélène Wickett, Piano, Dawn Harms, Violin

A Night of Opera

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm
The talented 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 by an opera box to an opera that did not yet exist, and Mrs. Bourn was classically trained in Europe to sing opera?

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

Photo by Koptervision.©

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.
Lectures will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Visitor Education Center. House and Gardens will be open for these special evenings from 5:00pm–8:00pm

Free to Members; non–members $20.

Culture of Tulips

Thursday, March 16
Presenter: Angela Neal Grove
Photojournalist and International speaker, Angela Neal Grove will speak about the culture of tulips.

Garden History and Philosophy

Thursday, May 4
Presenter: Joan Jordan
Art historian and Filoli docent Joan Jordan will deliver an illustrated lecture meant to provoke reflection and raise questions; such as why do we have a garden?

Filoli—a National Public Garden

Thursday, June 15
Presenter: Kara Newport
Executive Director Kara Newport will share perspective on Filoli’s garden leadership in a national context.

Maintaining a Historic Landscape

Thursday, July 13
Presenters: Alex Fernandez and Jim Salyards
Filoli’s own horticultural leaders will offer modern and creative techniques employed to maintain a historic landscape.

Art, Ornaments, and Hardscape in the Garden

Thursday, August 24
Presenter: Jim Salyards
Filoli’s head of the Garden leads you on a journey focused on the original garden design.

Timeless Garden Design

Thursday, September 14
Presenter: Alexis Datta, Former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle
A presentation in partnership with The Garden Conservancy.

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
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.