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We invite you to use Filoli as a gardening resource; from our horticulture classes and article archives, to our handy gardener's reference sheets to the latest expert advice from Filoliís renowned horticulturists.

Articles

Sundial Times

Filoli's Daffodil Collection

No other flower says spring like the daffodil, and the pleasure of seeing a whole field of bright yellow trumpets planted en masse is a heartwarming and exhilarating experience. What better way to start the new year, and the daffodil season, than to visit Filoli in late February and March, to enjoy our daffodil fields and learn about Filoliís amazing collection!

Fruit Tree Pruning

A three-part Sundial Times

Pruning deciduous fruit trees can be a confusing and daunting task for both seasoned and novice gardeners. In addition to frequently producing impressive amounts of new growth each year, many deciduous fruit trees also have widely differing ways of bearing fruit. Despite these inherent challenges, it remains true that a well pruned and trained fruit tree will have good structure to support its crop, allow air and light to reach fruit, be easily thinned and harvested, and still provide a pleasing aesthetic element in the garden. With a commitment to keen observation of your tree, and an understanding of the basic principles presented in this series of articles, anyone can enjoy the pleasure of fresh, quality fruit from their gardenís trees.

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The Most Disease–Resistant Roses at Filoli

In an effort to reduce the use of toxic fungicides and to improve the display quality of the rose garden, we have been selecting disease-resistant and fragrant roses, and removing roses which perform poorly under our conditions. Because of El NiŮo, 1998 was one of our worst years for growing roses; however, it was a good test year to make observations and discover which roses are susceptible and resistant to black spot, rust and mildew.

Gardener Reference Sheets

Enjoy the Filoli experience in your own garden. These beautiful Ė and handy Ė reference sheets let Filoliís acclaimed horticulturists share advice and information to better your growing knowledge. PDF format; Requires Acrobat Reader.

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Garden Information Docents

Filoli Garden Information Docent helps a filoli vistorA Filoli Garden Information Docent answers questions for a Filoli visitor about to purchase a tomato plant.

While visiting Filoli, be sure to visit our Garden Information Docents. These specially-trained volunteers can answer questions about Filoliís horticultural practices and plant collections and also help you with cultivation questions about plants for your own garden. Weather permitting, you'll find them Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Gift Shop courtyard or strolling the gardens wearing their "May I Answer Your Garden Questions?" badges.

Filoli is proud to be in partnership with the UC Master Gardeners from the University of California Master Gardener–San Mateo and San Francisco Counties Program. For additional information about the Master Gardeners program, please visit their website at http://camastergardeners.ucdavis.edu/California_Counties_MG_Websites/. You can select your county of residence. The exact web page for San Mateo county and San Francisco county residents is: http://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.edu/.

Master Gardeners’ Help Line and Location
For San Mateo county and San Francisco county residents, there is a gardening Help Line staffed Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: (650) 726-9059, ext. 107. You can also send an email to mgvhelpline@ucdavis.edu or visit the Master Gardener office at Elkus Ranch, 1500 Purisima Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.