Filoli Historic House and Garden to Host First Two Days of Slow Flowers Summit, June 28-30, 2020
Fourth Annual Event Highlights Creative Floral Installations and Promotes Benefits of Local, Seasonal, and Domestic Floral Agriculture
WOODSIDE, Calif., January 30, 2020 — Filoli Historic House and Garden, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the last country estates reminiscent of the Gilded Age, today announced that it will be one of two venues to host the 2020 Slow Flowers Summit, a two-and-a-half-day conference and lecture series for creative professionals, thought leaders, and pioneering voices in the American-grown floral community. Held during American Flowers Week, which is celebrated annually the week of July 4, the Slow Flowers Summit offers an agenda designed to stimulate curiosity, examine assumptions, and explore conscious and ethical practices in the floral industry. Filoli will host the Slow Flowers Summit in Woodside, 25 miles south of San Francisco, on Sunday, June 28 and Monday, June 29.
“We are excited to spend two full days immersed in the beauty and legacy of this Bay Area cultural institution, complete with a ‘floral takeover’ of Filoli’s historic house,” said Debra Prinzing, producer of the Slow Flowers Summit and founder of the Slow Flowers movement. “With its legendary cutting garden and reputation for supporting artisans who use local, seasonal, and sustainably sourced materials, Filoli is a real-world success story of how the Slow Flowers approach can work to inspire, connect, and nurture a community.”
The Slow Flowers movement encourages flower consumers and floral professionals to make conscious choices about their floral purchases and sourcing practices. The U.S.A. is the world’s top importer of cut flowers—80 percent of all cut flowers sold are imported. Slow Flowers advocates for the growth of domestic floral agriculture and sustainable practices in floral design.
“We are proud to host the Slow Flowers Summit this year,” said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer at Filoli. “Slow Flowers promotes a more sustainable approach to floral design and aligns with the way we operate Filoli as a non-profit organization. Our visitor-experience design and horticultural practices are all rooted in seasonal, sustainable gardening and ethical sourcing practices—from the floral arrangements in the house, to the catering at special events, to the items on sale in our shop. Appropriately, Emily Saeger, the lead horticulturalist in Filoli’s panel garden, which includes the cutting garden, will be participating in the Monday panel discussion on sustainable farming and floral design. We can’t wait.”
On Sunday, Filoli’s general admission visitors will be able to observe while the Slow Flowers Summit attendees create unique floral arrangements throughout the historic house. These arrangements will remain on display for the enjoyment of Filoli’s guests throughout the following week. After Sunday’s floral takeover and Monday’s presentations at Filoli, the final morning of the Slow Flowers Summit will be hosted on Tuesday, June 30 in San Francisco at Farmgirl Flowers, a bouquet delivery service that includes American-grown, seasonal floral options. Christina Stembel, founder and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers, will give attendees an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour and presentation at Farmgirl Flowers headquarters.
Advance registration for the Slow Flowers Summit is now open. The price for general admission tickets is $599, while tickets for Slow Flowers members, as well as Filoli members, are priced at $549. Registration includes refreshments, meals, and evening receptions. To view the complete schedule and to register for the Slow Flowers Summit, visit: www.slowflowerssummit.com.
Located south of San Francisco in Woodside, California, Filoli boasts 654 acres of beauty nestled along the slopes of California’s coastal range. Originally built as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was open to the public in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The property is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century, featuring a 54,000+ square-foot Georgian revival-style mansion, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8-acre Gentleman’s Orchard, and a nature preserve with over seven miles of hiking trails. Filoli is dedicated to connecting our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature, and shared stories, so that one day all people will honor nature, value unique experiences, and appreciate beauty in everyday life. For more information about Filoli, visit www.filoli.org.
Filoli Historic House & Garden
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062