Scavenger Hunt

In the House

If you visited Filoli 100 years ago, you would have been greeted by a butler in the foyer and then invited to freshen up in the cloakroom bathroom. Can you spot this sculpted faucet, with a fanciful Renaissance-era design meant to resemble a dolphin?

Keep your eye out as you explore the House for statues of Toto, one of the Bourn family’s dogs that used to live at Filoli many years ago! How many Totos can you find today?

Look for these 12 animal-headed figures, which represent the Chinese zodiac signs. Created in the 1700s during the Ch'ing dynasty, they were favorites of Lurline Roth.

When the Roths moved into Filoli, they converted a closet in the Study into a wet bar. Step inside, and listen to the sounds of Bill Roth mixing a cocktail. Can you spy the old-fashioned bottle of 7-Up

Lurline Roth hosted an extravagant ball in 1967 to celebrate the debut of her granddaughter Denise. Look for the yellow dress that Denise wore to the party more than 50 years ago – how is it similar to or different from something a teenager would wear today? 

This jolly figure was part of the table decoration at the Bourns’ “Drunks Dinner” party in 1933, which celebrated the end of Prohibition. Each of the 20 guests had a unique statue at their place setting.

This electric callboard in the Butler’s Pantry still bears the names of the Roth family and their rooms. When a family member pressed a button, a bell rang and the board lit up. The staff would use the dumbwaiter in the corner to send food and supplies up to the second floor.

During World War II, Americans were asked to restrict their use of certain foods due to supply shortages. The government issued special ration books filled with coupons they could exchange for sugar, meat, and coffee. Flip through a copy of a ration book in the Kitchen.

In the Garden

Can you spot the cheerful orange and yellow nasturtiums at the back of the House? The plant’s flowers and circular leaves are edible – and easy to grow in your own garden!

You’ll have to look up as you walk through the garden to find this Filoli crest! The design separates each syllable, hinting at Mr. Bourn’s motto that inspired the estate’s name: “FIght for a just cause, LOve your fellow man, LIve a good life.”

 In the Walled Garden, look for flower beds bursting with a tall and cheerful mix of many types of plants. This cottage-garden style of planting originated in England in the 1400s. 

The Bourns made this sundial the centerpiece of one of the garden rooms. It’s no longer perfectly accurate, but you can still try using the shadow to tell time! 

The shadier beds in the Walled Garden showcase plants that can be used as medicine. Can you locate a plant that was originally thought to scare away ghosts  but today is used to relieve headaches?

Each rose in the Rose Garden is labelled with a small black sign near the ground. How many roses named after famous people can you find? (Hint: start by looking for Betty White, Marilyn Monroe, or Diana, Princess of Wales…)

Fuzzy native bumble bees like this are important pollinators for Filoli’s flowers. You can spot them near the lavender in the Panel Garden and the Knot Garden, often buzzing alongside honey bees.

Can you spot this yellow climbing rose on the side of the Panel Garden cage? Named “Full Moon Rising,” it is a mutation of the pink “Polka” variety and chosen for Filoli due to its disease resistance and fragrance. 

In the Woodland Garden, search for this statue of a mischievous satyr (a half-man, half-goat from Roman mythology).

Did you know that the Clock Tower Shop was first built as a garage with room to park six cars? At the top is a Chanticleer rooster, the original symbol of Filoli.