The Invisible Wing: Life of a Servant

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

By Claudia Savin Filoli, and other country estates like it, could not have run without servants. They are often overlooked, since it was their job to live and work behind the scenes. It required a small army to maintain the estate and attend to the needs of the family, and the work required dedication and … Read More

Camellias Take Center Stage At California’s Filoli Gardens

Monday, February 5, 2018

Read a Garden Blogger and Master Gardener’s take on Filoli’s Garden after taking a Camellia Tour this winter season then, book a tour for yourself here! Camellias Take Center Stage At California’s Filoli Gardens About Here By Design Here By Design is about gardens and gardening; about living life in harmony with the environment and appreciating the intrinsic beauty of the … Read More

The Tapestry Above the Grand Staircase

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

By Selena McGonnell Compiling more research on a piece can be both interesting and rewarding. It can provide a chance to clarify a description, and in one special case change the narrative completely. The large tapestry above the grand staircase was previously labeled, “The Rape of the Sabine Women.” However, based on my research, it is … Read More

What is Winter Solstice?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

by Julie Bly DeVere   One of our newest events this season has already attracted more than 400 attendees! Winter Solstice will be celebrated next Thursday night, the 21st, from 5 to 9pm. The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the … Read More

The Mansion at Filoli is Cool, Daddy-o

Saturday, September 2, 2017

By Joan Jordan, Chair of Garden Lecture Series and Co-chair of Self-guided Docent Committee THE HOUSE—Come in and cool off in the mansion at Filoli. When the temperature rises above 90 degrees in the amazing gardens on the property, come inside to cool off.  That’s not what one normally expects – usually summer temperatures outside, … Read More