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The Dying Tree Nature’s Legacy: A Home for the Birds of Filoli

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Our eyes dismiss a dying tree. We perceive it as useless and an eyesore. Our fears tell us to cut it down and haul it away quickly. How often do we ask, “Does the tree need to be removed completely?” A tree has two lives. It’s second begins when it declines. Its commendable legacy is … Read More

Filoli’s Irish Connections

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 we at Filoli wanted to highlight the close connections between Filoli and Ireland.  William and Agnes Bourn the builders of Filoli also owned another amazing estate: Muckross in Ireland. The murals here in the Filoli ballroom depict the Muckross House and the surrounding area. Their only … Read More

Following the Squirrels Lead

Thursday, November 22, 2018

by Andrew Wollenberg | Andrew is a guest blogger writing about Filoli’s Nature Preserve. This is the second in an occasional blog series. Enjoy! As the temperatures lower and plant and animal life prepare for winter, I often find myself entertained by the lively preparations of the squirrels. Effortlessly bounding up and down trees, keeping … Read More

Shaking the Hand of the Land: Getting To Know Place

Monday, August 6, 2018

by Andrew Wollenberg | Andrew is a guest blogger writing about Filoli’s Nature Preserve. This is the first in an occasional blog series. Enjoy! When we meet a person for the first time we are typically introduced through a mutual friend, a work setting or simply risk saying hello and sparking up a conversation. From that point … Read More

The Spirit of Orchids

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

January 4 – February 24, 2020 Built as a country estate in 1915, Filoli is recognized internationally for its horticultural excellence. During Filoli’s 2020 Winter Season, orchids will be the feature of lush floral displays and living arrangements, and unique species plants and cultivars will fill the Historic House and Greenhouse. To complement the horticultural … Read More

Filoli House and Gendered Spaces

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Drawing rooms were always associated with privacy and limited access. The name derives from its earlier counterpart, ‘withdrawing rooms.’ It was in these rooms that elite, early American families and their guests developed a pageantry of manners and formal civility; rituals that helped separate them from the rest of society. Then, in the nineteenth century, … Read More

Sara Friedlander’s American Women: Birds of im/Migration

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Artist Sara Friedlander shares the inspiration behind her exhibition American Women: Birds of im/Migration It all started with Ethel… In the mid 70s, early in my flea-marketing days, I found a wonderful black and white photograph of a young woman, with the words “Ethel on her way home from school” scribbled in pencil on the … Read More

W. Gary Smith, Nests: Patterns from Nature

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

May 10 – November 10, 2019 An Environmental Art Exhibition in the Garden and Nature Preserve W. Gary Smith is an artist and landscape architect with a simple mission – creating meaningful encounters between people, plants, and the natural world. Gary’s exhibition at Filoli features forms inspired by both patterns in nature and nesting animals. … Read More