Haiku Competition

Submit Your Haiku on the Winter Garden

Entries due January 31 | Winner announced Feb 14

Winter at Filoli is a time of quiet and reflection in the Garden. Submit a haiku inspired by Filoli’s winter garden to our Haiku Poetry Competition for your chance to win a Household Plus Membership and a beautiful Gift Basket of Filoli approved goodies.

Guidelines

You may submit up to three original poems. Poems should be in the general haiku format of three short lines of 5-7-5 syllables or free-form haiku. They must be inspired by nature; in this case Filoli’s winter Garden. 

Prizes

  • First Place: Filoli Household Plus Membership and Gift Basket
  • Second Place: Filoli Individual Plus Membership
  • Best Under 18: Filoli Household Membership

Entries should be submitted by midnight PST Jan. 31, 2021 12am PST. Finalists will be announced on the website on February 10, 2021. The winners will be announced via zoom on Feb. 14, 2021.

Rights: Poems submitted will be used by Filoli for promotional materials, and the winning poems may be published on our social media and marketing channels

Special guest judge San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto! 
Aileen will read the winning poem online on February 14, 2021.
Special guest judge San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto! Aileen will read the winning poem online on February 14, 2021.

"Late December and early January tend to be a period of heavy rains, and with that rain comes a washing of the plants and hardscapes. There is a vibrancy to the bare branches of the deciduous shrubs and dark green leaves of the evergreens during the winter months. The brick paths and walls, the balustrades, and even the gravel paths seem even more prominent in the cool and the wet"

Jim Salyards, Director of Horticulture