Register for 2018 Classes
Look for new classes throughout the year that reflect Filoli’s bountiful, beautiful seasons. This spring season, Filoli celebrates the palette of flowers on display in the magnificent historic gardens.
Discover your green thumb, flair for floral design, or talent for painting. Sample a program through a one-day class, or join a certificate program 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 or progress through a certificate program. Filoli Members receive a 20% discount off of the fee for every class – remember to sign-in as a member to receive your discount.
You will always find up–to–date education information on our website and can register for classes online or by phone at (650) 364–8300, ext. 508.
The 2018 June – December catalog will be available soon for mailing. A link will be provided for mailing requests in April.
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
Marika Brown, Horticulture
Marika Brown is a member of Filoli’s Garden staff and a graduate of Foothill College’s Environmental Horticulture and Landscape Design program. She’s been designing and maintaining water thrifty landscapes specializing in natives, Mediterranean plants, and edibles since 2013. Prior to starting at Filoli she worked on biodynamic and organic farms with a diverse production of vegetables, cut flowers, and small-scale orchard fruit trees. She now helps maintain Filoli’s formal Garden and the Gentleman’s Orchard.
Baylor Chapman, Floral Design
Author of The Plant Recipe Book and founder of Lila B. Design, Baylor loves to design with plants, teach how to arrange them, and transform spaces with them. She believes that with a bit of green any space can feel at home. Her work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens and her how-to videos can be found on HGTV. www.lilabdesign.com
Mimi Clarke, Lead Instructor, Horticulture
Mimi Clarke was first introduced to Filoli through the internship program while earning her horticulture degree at Cal Poly. She soon became a member of the Garden staff and worked at Filoli for 9 years. Mimi now runs her own business, Fiddle Fern Landscaping. email@example.com
Susan T. Fisher, Botanical Art
Susan T. Fisher has taught classes in botanical art since 1998. She developed curriculum for certificate programs in at the Denver Botanic Gardens and Arizona’s Desert Museum. Her work is in the Hunt Institute and the Filoli Florilegium. www.susantfisher.com
Maria Cecilia Freeman, Botanical Art
Maria Cecilia Freeman works primarily in watercolor and graphite, often bridging scientific illustration and botanical fine art. Her work has appeared in solo and juried exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. She is a Filoli Florilegium artist. For more information visit www.mcf-art.com
Katherine Glazier, Lead Instructor, Floral Design
Katherine is a flower arranger for Elizabeth F. Gamble Gardens and operates her own freelance floral design business – Katherine J. Glazier Design. She conducts public demonstrations and exhibits at Filoli’s Flower Show. Katherine enjoys eastern and western floral design and believes flower arranging is a wonderful antidote to a stressful world. www.kjglazierdesign.com
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. National Juried exhibitions include; California Art Club’s 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, American Impressionist Society Annual & Small Works Show, NOAPS Best of America, Outdoor Painters Society and Plein Air Painters of Colorado. 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. https://ellenhowardart.com/
Paul Kratter, Art
Paul Kratter’s two greatest passions are sports and wildlife. He has illustrated children’s books, including The Living Rainforest. His interest in “plein air” led to painting in the East Bay Hills. In 2005 Paul joined a group of fellow artists to paint in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, now an annual event. www.paulkratter.com
Lee McCaffree, Lead Instructor, Botanical Art
Lee is a co-founder of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate 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
Wendy Morck, Lead Instructor, Floral Design
Wendy has been teaching at Filoli since 2002. Wendy is a home economist and former Community College instructor. She exhibits at Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Wendy demonstrates for garden clubs and other Bay Area organizations.
Elizabeth Murray, Art
Elizabeth is an artist, author, and keynote speaker. She has restored and photographed Monet’s gardens for 33 years. Her photos have been published in Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter’s Gardens. A passion for nature and beauty have inspired her dedication to diverse projects around the world from remote African villages, the Amazon rainforest, and Japan, to permanent installments in corporate collections. www.elizabethmurray.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.
Betsy Rogers-Knox, Botanical Art
Betsy received a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden in 2006 and has been illustrating plants ever since. She teaches botanical art at her private studio, local venues in Connecticut, the Peabody Museum at Yale University and the New York Botanical Garden. Her work has been shown widely in the US and has been included in the 11-20th ASBA Annual Internationals, Out of the Woods Exhibition, Weird, Wild and Wonderful Exhibition, Filoli’s Annual Botanical Art Exhibition and the Royal Horticultural Show in London in 2016 where she was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal. www.rogersknoxart.com
Katsuko Thielke, Floral Design
Born in Tokyo, Katsuko Thielke developed her love of flowers as a small child hiking in the mountains with her father. She began lessons in Sogetsu and earned her teaching degree. She now holds the rank of Soomu, 1st grade. Katsuko is a member of the Bay Area and San Jose South Bay Sogetsu Branches, Ikebana International and Ikebana Teachers Federation. She is a popular teacher, demonstrator and exhibitor including designs exhibited at Bouquets to Art for over 15 years. She is well known for her mastery of weaving techniques and creative use of material.
Tiffanie Turner, Art
Tiffanie Turner is a licensed California architect, fine artist, instructor in the art of paper flower making, and the author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers (Ten Speed Press). Her work explores nature and botanical specimens in extremely large and sometimes very small scales. Tiffanie has exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area’s Bedford Gallery, Rare Device, Jack Fischer Gallery and at the de Young Museum in San Francisco as the artist-in-residence. www.papelsf.com
Catherine M. Watters, Lead Instructor, Botanical Art
Catherine is a co-founder of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program. She also teaches privately and at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Wellesley College, at ASBA conferences, and in France. Catherine is a co-founder of the Alcatraz Florilegium and the Château de Brécy Florilegium. Her paintings are included in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Filoli Florilegium, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens Florilegium, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England, and in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Her work is featured in several books and magazines in Australia, France and the United States. www.catherinewatters.com
Bruce Wilson, Botanical Art
Bruce earned his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and more recently a Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate from the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, where he has been an instructor since 2005. He has also taught at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Burren College of Art in Ireland. He has illustrated four published books and has exhibited his work in many solo and group exhibits including at Filoli.
Cancellations up to 2-weeks prior to a class are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
Cancellations less than 2-weeks prior to a class are non-refundable.
Filoli does not issue credits for future classes.