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From Orchard to Grove and Back: Olive Orchard Restoration

Guests who have visited Filoli in the past few weeks have stared in wonder at the renovation to the olive grove in front of the House. Learn more about the olive orchard restoration.

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Refinishing Filoli’s Oak Floors

By Julie Bly DeVere, Director of Museum Collections Over the last few years, we have slowly been refinishing the floors in the main rooms of the House back to their…

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Using Television to Expose Racial Injustice

Census records reveal that there were no Black staff at Filoli during its time as a family home. Though the African American population in the Bay Area boomed after the end of World War II, the Peninsula was not a welcoming place for Black families.

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Daffodils at Filoli

No other flower says spring like the daffodil! The pleasure of seeing a whole field of bright yellow trumpets, planted en masse, is a heart-warming and exhilarating experience. What better…

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Hustle and Bustle at Filoli: Winter in the Greenhouse with Kate

By Kate, Horticulture Production Manager For the greenhouse horticulturists, winter is particularly full of activity as we prepare for spring. By January, thousands of bulbs have been planted in the…

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All About Bonsai

Did you know that Filoli’s collection includes more than 50 bonsai? They’ll be on display through the end of February in the Garden House and on the Dining Room Terrace.…

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Through the Garden Gate: Filoli’s Bonsai Collection

Bonsai has graced the Filoli estate dating back to the Bourn era and continues today as a sizable and stunning collection. Jim Salyards, Director of Horticulture Peter del Tredici, emeritus…

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Learn How Filoli’s Fruit Press Works!

See our fruit press in action! As summer winds to a close, our staff harvests the fruit from the Gentleman’s Orchard and the Family Orchard in the Garden. With more…

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Essential Gardening | Revisiting the Spring of COVID-19

In this excerpt from Essential Gardening: Public Gardens in the Spring of COVID-19, from the Arnoldia, a publication of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, director of horticulture Jim Salyards, and former plant collections fellow Terry…

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Celebrating a Jazz at Filoli Milestone During COVID-19

This year Filoli planned a very special celebration of 30 years of Jazz at Filoli.  Many of you probably planned to attend, but unfortunately, that won’t happen due to COVID-19 restrictions.…