Early Daffodil Meadow With Magnolia Blooming

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…

Japanese maple and juniper bonsai at Filoli (photo by Jeff Bartee)

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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Missing at Filoli: Black and Latinx Stories

Census reports indicate that there were no Black staff at Filoli in the Bourn era, and records do not mention Black performers. Today — through new soundscapes in the Ballroom — we can experience this room filled with the music of Louis Armstrong, or we can imagine Duke Ellington playing Filoli’s grand piano. Both were famous Jazz Age band leaders during the Bourn era.

Kee Low, long time chef for the Roth family pictured in the Kitchen

Chinese Exclusion Act: Chef Kee Low

The Roths’ chef Kee Low had a talent for duplicating dishes from the family’s international travels. Though census records mark Kee’s birthplace as California, his descendants state that he emigrated…

'Isabella Worn (Bella), standing on a garden path in the middle of beds full of lavender in the Garden, with Louis Mariconi (Head Gardener). Bella is wearing a v-neck patterned dress and brimmed hat and holds a sheaf of lavender. Tall poplar trees of the High Place visible in background.'

Early Women Entrepreneurs: Bella Worn

Filoli will celebrate the role of women in Horticulture, starting with Bella Worn who was a principal garden advisor and florist to the Bourn and Roth families. In 1888, she…

'Filoli Reception Room north half with butler Teikichi Taga setting a floral vase in the middle of the room. In center of room in middle of seating group of 4 side chairs, one George II Gainsborough chair, and red floral damask sofa.  Bouquet on coffee table in center. Side table with glass ash tray. Refectory table behind sofa and small upholstered benches on either side of refectory table. Figurines and large flowering plant on top of refectory table. View into library through doorway in northwest corner and side chair to left of doorway. Large Flemish mille fleur tapestry over fireplace and small hanging tapestry on either side of fireplace.  2 green Neoclassical urns and clock on mantle. Side tables on either side of fireplace. High back sofa in front of northeast doorway. All on large tapestry rug. Lit chandelier at top right corner of photo. Pre-Internment image of Teikichi Taga.'

Japanese Internment During World War II: Toichi Domoto, Teikichi Taga & Mai Arbegast

Toichi Domoto’s nursery supplied plants for Filoli during the Roth era, including many varieties of camellias. Despite the challenges the Domoto family faced — including economic hardship during the Great…

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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…