Cultural Weekly: Haiku at Filoli

Frosty Morning At The Sundial


Filoli is known for its flowers, and winter has been thought of as a slower and quieter time. Yet the staff recognized what a special time winter is at Filoli. The bare branches, the grey skies, the just-about-to-blossom magnolias. Beauty in a winter garden is spare, resonating. Haiku with its similarly spare form and focus on nature seemed like a perfect way for Filoli to showcase the beauty of winter. Since 2020, a total of over 2,000 haiku poems have been written about Filoli’s winter garden. Here are this year’s winners and finalists.

— Hilary King, Filoli Public Programs Coordinator

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