Gala in the Garden

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Proceeds from the gala support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic House, magnificent Gardens, and vast Nature Preserve to the events and programs that keep Filoli relevant, open and available.  Contributions to the Fund-a-Need will help us expand our internship program, which trains emerging professionals in museum and public garden administration. Thank you!

2019 Auction Item Packages Fund-a-Need: Filoli Internship Program


Suzanne Legallet took a garden tour when Filoli first opened and immediately wanted to become a docent. She completed docent training the second year Filoli was open.

Suzanne has a long list of achievements during her 40 years as a Filoli volunteer, including starting our annual Flower Show, the self-guided docent program, and the garden information services program. She has served on the board of directors and currently serves on the development committee. Suzanne is currently the co-chair of the floral committee and her work is evident in the centerpieces at the tables tonight.

Twenty three years ago Suzanne needed someone to look after her house and garden when she was traveling during the summer. Hosting a Filoli intern was the perfect answer. Since then, Suzanne has hosted over 40 interns in her home.


Erin Gleeson is an artist and New York Times best-selling author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her lifestyle brand The Forest Feast features a cookbook series with simple vegetarian recipes, presented visually with Erin’s own watercolor illustrations and photographs. The Forest Feast collection brings an approachable, DIY sensibility to the genre and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.

Erin’s newest book, The Forest Feast Mediterranean, is set for publication in Fall 2019 by Abrams Books. She and her work have been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, Amazon’s 100 Books for a Lifetime of Cooking & Drinking, San Francisco Magazine and more! Erin also teaches in the Continuing Studies department at Stanford University.

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Filoli offers unique restorative experiences for the whole family every season. From the historic home and manicured gardens to a vast estate and natural trails, 190,000 visitors come here annually to explore the beauty and tranquility of another time. Filoli also hosts seasonal activities, including tours of the home and grounds, art shows, education programs, and special events. Conveniently located between San Francisco and San Jose, this 654-acre estate is open for public education and enjoyment.