Vegetable Garden Renovation

Plant Seeds for the Future

Filoli has a long tradition of food production and home gardening. Originally envisioned as a self-sustaining estate, the Vegetable Garden was where produce was grown for the Bourn and Roth families. Located in the Panel Garden, it is currently behind the scenes, on the east side of  the long English laurel hedge behind the Perennial Border. For the past 40 years, it has been closed to the public but used by staff as a cooperative vegetable garden.

In 2018, Filoli completed a strategic plan and key to our new direction is a focus on expanding visitor experiences and building meaningful connections to our rich history.

The Vegetable Garden is a space robust with potential to integrate our story of continuous food production over 100 years, create new public engagement opportunities, and connect beautiful design with the edible landscape.

Planned Physical Improvements

Filoli has partnered with The Garden Route Company to create a conceptual and schematic plan. Garden Route will provide basic site analysis and structural and functional design of path flow and irrigation. The work of their principal is a pro bono partnership.

  • New pathways
  • Renovated and reconfigured berry cage layout for improved circulation and access
  • New plant beds, including raised plant beds for greater accessibility
  • Dedicated seating area utilizing overhead foliage to create an outdoor classroom and demonstration space
  • Multi-use potting benches with sink/hand washing station
  • Small demonstration compost area
  • Storage and staff workplace facilities
  • Irrigation, electrical, and lighting upgrades

Plant seeds for the future today with a gift to the Vegetable Garden Renovation. Your support will make this space open and available for public enjoyment.

Contact our Development Office at for more information.