Gardening for Victory

Thursday, May 21, 2020

An uptick in seed sales. Plant nurseries classified as essential businesses. Instagram feeds full of picturesque window-sill herbs.  It seems this enforced shelter-in-place is inspiring a comeback of home gardening for many, harkening back to the era of victory gardens during World War I and II. Though we might not be facing the kind of … Read More

Feeling Faint with Excitement about Filoli’s Summer Exhibition!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

At the time the Bourns built Filoli, upper-class ladies fainted so often that a piece of furniture had been invented specifically for them to land on: the fainting couch! If you are feeling ready to collapse dramatically yourself, we invite you to visit Filoli’s upcoming exhibition, which celebrates the stories of our communities as told … Read More

Jim Salyards, Celebrating 25 years in the Garden

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

With the celebration of my 25th anniversary at Filoli in February, I’ve had more than a few opportunities to recount the path that brought me to this point in my life and career in horticulture.  It’s not a very circuitous path, as I know it is for some, but one that makes me feel grateful … Read More

The Innocent Weed

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Filoli is covered in a carpet of colorful blooms, but what do Filoli’s horticulturists see?  Weeds! As much as we soak in the beauty of the Garden in spring, we aim for perfection and we’ve trained our eyes to spot enemy invaders. If you’re spending time in your garden or local parks right now, you … Read More

The Dying Tree Nature’s Legacy: A Home for the Birds of Filoli

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Our eyes dismiss a dying tree. We perceive it as useless and an eyesore. Our fears tell us to cut it down and haul it away quickly. How often do we ask, “Does the tree need to be removed completely?” A tree has two lives. It’s second begins when it declines. Its commendable legacy is … Read More