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Crystal Springs Reservoir: The Inspiration for Hoover Dam

A marvel of engineering, the Crystal Springs Dam was built in 1888 to create the reservoir just north of Filoli. It was built by the Spring Valley Water Company, which…

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National Trust for Historic Preservation: Exploring the Power and Privilege of Water at Filoli

Excerpt: While the San Francisco Bay Area was originally financed by gold, it also boasts an even more valuable resource: California’s blue gold—water. A new exhibition at Filoli, a National…

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Gentlemen’s Lounge Restoration

We’re excited to show off the newly restored Gentlemen’s Lounge! It now features a poker table, pool table, and armchairs you can relax in. Perhaps the most eye-catching change is…

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How is Filoli Addressing the Drought?

From Chief Operations Officer Alex Fernandez Filoli’s plant palette was inspired and informed by European formal gardens. The Garden was filled with lush, water-intensive lawns and plantings that flourish in…

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Filoli’s Medicinal Garden

Temperatures are cooling and autumn is taking hold of the landscape. It’s time for us to bid a fond farewell to the Fruitful Garden exhibit! This horticultural display highlighted the…

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The Sunken Edible Garden

This summer, Filoli’s Fruitful Garden exhibit highlights the gifts of edible, medicinal, and pollinator plants with a vibrant display of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Horticulturist Andrew Bellouin, who cares for…

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Pollinators at Filoli

This summer, Filoli’s Fruitful Garden exhibit highlights the gifts of edible, medicinal, and pollinator plants with a vibrant display of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. To celebrate Pollinator Week (June 21-27,…

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Object Spotlight: James Washington Jr. Granite Sculpture

This oval granite stone with its graceful curving lines captures the essence of a sleeping owl, with its beak tucked under its wing. The artist is the African American sculptor…

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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…