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Breathtaking Blooms

Thursday, January 16, 2020

February 28 – May 11, 2020 Pastel Portraits of Filoli’s Spring Flowers Bay Area artist Deborah Shea paints personality and effervescence into the flowers in Filoli’s spring garden. Shea transforms the pure pigments of pastel powder into vibrant plant portraits. See her radiant works in Filoli’s Visitor Center, and don’t miss her pastel painting class … Read More

The Spirit of Orchids

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

January 4 – February 24, 2020 Built as a country estate in 1915, Filoli is recognized internationally for its horticultural excellence. During Filoli’s 2020 Winter Season, orchids will be the feature of lush floral displays and living arrangements, and unique species plants and cultivars will fill the Historic House and Greenhouse. To complement the horticultural … 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

Filoli House and Gendered Spaces

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Drawing rooms were always associated with privacy and limited access. The name derives from its earlier counterpart, ‘withdrawing rooms.’ It was in these rooms that elite, early American families and their guests developed a pageantry of manners and formal civility; rituals that helped separate them from the rest of society. Then, in the nineteenth century, … Read More

Sara Friedlander’s American Women: Birds of im/Migration

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Artist Sara Friedlander shares the inspiration behind her exhibition American Women: Birds of im/Migration It all started with Ethel… In the mid 70s, early in my flea-marketing days, I found a wonderful black and white photograph of a young woman, with the words “Ethel on her way home from school” scribbled in pencil on the … Read More