Filoli’s classes in art, botanical art, floral design, and horticulture reflect Filoli’s bountiful, beautiful seasons. The historic House, Garden, and Nature Preserve provide a truly unique and inspiring setting.
Discover your green thumb, flair for floral design, or talent for painting. Sample a program through a one-day class, or join a multi-day course for a more extensive exploration of Filoli’s offerings. Filoli Members receive a 20% discount off of the fee for every class. Become a member.
Filoli instructors are eager to nurture you along your journey as you continue to unlock your talents. Filoli Members receive a 20% discount off of the fee for every class – remember to sign-in as a member to receive your discount.
Nina Antze, Botanical Art
Nina Antze is a Sonoma County botanical artist with a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She teaches colored pencil and botanical workshops throughout the Bay Area. www.pcquilt.com
Amanda Borges, Floral Design
Amanda is a florist and local landscape designer operating through her business – Flora and Spice. Her work emphasizes the seasons and elements found in the California landscape. She teaches workshops and loves sharing her knowledge of plants through wildly creative florals. www.floraandspice.com
Sean Vidal Edgerton, Botanical Art
Sean Vidal Edgerton works as a Science Illustrator at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco in addition to his freelance illustration work under The Pen & The Pangolin. As a Botanical Illustrator at the California Academy of Sciences, his drawings have helped record and describe new plant species discovered in Central and South America. Sean is driven by a goal of understanding the diverse world of natural history and progressing effective environmental stewardship from the ground up. www.thepenandthepangolin.com
Alex Fernandez, Horticulture
Alex Fernandez is the Director of Property Operations at Filoli. Alex worked in the landscape construction industry in Michigan and shortly upon completion of an M.S. in Horticultural Science from Michigan State University, he moved to California to take a position at Filoli. Alex has worked in the gardens for 20 years and oversees operations on the entire property.
Leslie Freitas, Horticulture
Leslie graduated from Utah State University in residential landscape design with a minor in fine arts. She interned and/or worked at Temple square in Utah, Longwood Gardens in Delaware and the gardens at Newfields before finding her home here at Filoli. She’s been on staff in the walled garden for one year now and is excited for many more.
Lisa Griffin, Horticulture
Lisa Griffin has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Oregon State University. She worked in a wholesale greenhouse operation for several years and has been with Filoli’s greenhouse and nursery for 17 years.
Ellen Howard, Art
Ellen has been a resident of Northern California for the past 25 years. In 2010, she was introduced to plein air painting by several noted artists and was hooked. Ellen works primarily in oils, studying landscape and marine subjects on location. Ellen regularly participates in plein air competitions and won “Best Water Scape” at the Mendocino Paint Out 2017. Ellen is an artist member and Co-Chair of the California Art Club, San Francisco Region. www.ellenhowardart.com
Terry Huang, Horticulture
Terry Huang is a lover of all things plant-y. After working at gardens including Smithsonian Gardens, RHS Wisley, and RBG Kew, he received his MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants from RBG Edinburgh. As the Plant Collections Fellow, he is inventorying the entire garden and maintaining its records. He hopes one day to be matched for a chlorophyll transplant, but until then he loves working with plants and sharing their fantastic stories.
Gillian Johnson, Horticulture
Gillian graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in plant science with a concentration in public horticulture. She began working at Filoli as an intern and was hired as full time staff in 2016.
Rob Joice, Horticulture
Originally from rural England, Rob gained a love for horticulture in his youth by pottering around the village allotments with his father and visiting the sensational country gardens throughout the region. With a love for cottage gardens, the cultivation of wildflower meadows, and the preservation of historical gardens, a career in public horticulture seemed an obvious fit. Rob graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Horticulture and Agriculture and is Assistant Horticulturalist in Filoli’s Panel Garden.
Ming-Fen Jan, Art
Ming-Fen Jan (詹明芬) graduated from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. Ming studied the art of Chinese painting under the master painter Ko Mei Lee (李可梅). In the past twenty years, Ming has had students of all ages that are enthusiastic about Chinese painting. Ming’s hope is that she can influence the younger generations to continue the long tradition of preserving the art history and culture of Chinese painting.
Lee McCaffree, Lead Instructor, Botanical Art
Lee is a co-founder of the Filoli Botanical Art Program and her paintings are included in the Filoli Florilegium. She also teaches privately and has exhibited across the United States and in England. Lncmccaffree@comcast.net
Guy Magallanes, Art
Guy Magallanes paints images of landscapes and flowers as a result of his grandfather’s influence. He started doing painting demos for art societies, then moved into teaching classes and workshops. His work is featured in Splash 9, Splash 10, and Splash 15 (North Light Books) and he is one of 15 contributors to the book Watercolor Secrets. His instructional watercolor show Art2Art on station KCSM-TV showcases different approaches to watercolor. www.guymagallanes.com
Caroline Mustard, Art
Caroline trained as a painter at Brighton University’s prestigious Faculty of the Arts where she specialized in oils and gouache. She has adopted the iPad as her canvas of choice and has become internationally known for her work with the award winning app Paper by Fiftythree. Her work can be viewed on her blog at carolinemustard.tumblr.com and www.artsy.net www.carolinemustard.com
Jane Suei Naito, Floral Design
Jane Suiei Naito has studied Ikebana for over 15 years with certificates from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She is a board member of the Sogetsu San Francisco Branch and the Ikebana Teachers Federation. She has taught in San Francisco and Alameda since 2014. Her arrangements have been exhibited at the de Young Museum’s annual Bouquets to Art exhibit, Filoli’s annual Mother’s Day flower show, Ikebana International, and Sogetsu San Francisco Branch’s flower shows. Ikebana Now on Facebook
Kate Nowell, Horticulture
Kate Nowell joined Filoli’s staff as a horticulturist in 2010. After leaving to complete graduate work in Museum Studies and Botany at the University of Washington, she returned to Filoli in the role of Garden Supervisor. Kate has worked as a residential maintenance gardener in San Francisco and the Peninsula. She earned a BS in Biology from Boston College and trained at the Merritt College Aesthetic Pruning Program. Kate is an ISA Certified Arborist specializing in aesthetic tree pruning and fruit tree pruning.
Charlotte Ricker, Botanical Art
Charlotte graduated from the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration and teaches for the program. She has taught courses in art foundations and illustration at the college level. Her work has been exhibited at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 50th anniversary show in Washington DC, and in the Royal Horticultural Society Annual Exhibition in London, where the group submission of faculty members from the Denver program was awarded a Gold Medal. www.rickerstudio.com
Teresa Sabankaya, Floral Design
Teresa Sabankaya is the founder, owner, and creative director of Bonny Doon Garden Company since 1999 – a full-service floral design studio, & florist. Based in Santa Cruz, Teresa holds a greatly influential position as one of the most innovative florists in the San Francisco Bay Area and abroad. Teresa has exhibited her floral art at the ‘Bouquets to Art’ exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, Filoli, and various other floral design and garden shows. Teresa has been featured in Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential book as well as the PBS Documentary Botany of Desire based on Michael Pollen’s best seller. Teresa is the author of The Posy Book-garden bouquets that tell a story, an inspiring look at the language of flowers, and how to incorporate this language into floral design today.
Emily Saeger, Horticulture
Emily’s work background blends production agriculture (both food and flowers), landscape maintenance and design, and floral design. Prior to Filoli, Emily worked for Bluma Flower Farm and Fifth Crow Farm, producing high quality, specialty blooms throughout the Bay Area. She is excited to share her passion for flowers as the cut-flower garden manager and greenhouse assistant at Filoli.
Jim Salyards, Head of Horticulture
Jim Salyards has been on the horticultural staff since 1995. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Plant Science / Horticulture from U.C. Davis. His botanical interests include California native plants, mycology and woody plant (cuttings) propagation.
Elise Scripps, Horticulture
Elise Scripps is the Lead Garden Interpreter at Filoli. She is a long-time gardener, having worked in the greenhouses at SJSU and managed an estate garden in Hillsborough. She has a love of all things plant and a fondness for carnivorous plants, urban farming, and smelly flowers.
Deborah Shea, Art
Deborah Shea is an award-winning pastel artist, teacher, and illustrator living in Redwood City. She received her BA from UC Davis in studio art and design studying with Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Peterson, and Frances Butler. Her love of the natural world is reflected in her colorful, detailed pastel paintings. Her work can be viewed on her website, www.DeborahSheaStudios.com
Ginger Summit, Art
Ginger has had a lifelong interest in handcrafts and textile arts. Learning from diverse cultures and artists around the world, she has been exposed to the diversity and endless possibilities of this ancient technique. Her felt work has been exhibited in shows around the country as well as in local galleries. She enjoys the challenge of bringing old traditions to life using natural materials and age-old techniques. Always a teacher, she enjoys sharing this passion with others, both young and old. www.summitfiberarts.com
Patty Trower, Art
Patty Trower has worked in the wholesale and retail fiber arts industry since 2006. Several years ago while stocking books in her little yarn shop she stumbled upon a Japanese written needle felting book and her obsession began. Since then she has crafted a myriad of animals and artful decor learning techniques and tips as a needle felting artist. Her art has been shown in several window displays at Fengari Fiber Arts. She has taught many people individually and enjoys sharing her craft. www.fengari.net
Amber Turner, Botanical Art
Amber Turner is a Novato resident with a passion for Botanical Art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and earned her Master of Botanical Illustration Certificate from the San Francisco Botanical Garden. She has taught numerous classes and participated in Juried Shows, such as the Alcatraz Florilegium. You can view her artwork on Instagram at Amberrturnerart or on Facebook at Amber R Turner.
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