Stately wonder….Filoli

Filoli. Woodside, CAA little over two weeks ago I was outside of San Francisco leading a floral design workshop.  The setting was the magnificent Woodside CA estate called Filoli.  Long time tv fans might recognize this façade from the opening credits of “Dynasty”.

Filoli  formal gardenFiloli was built in 1915-1917 by the Bourn family.

Filoli conservatoryThe name Filoli comes from Mr. Bourn’s credo: Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man;  Live a good life.

Filoli rose pathIn 1936, the Roth family bought Filoli and began building collections of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.

Filoli rosesThere are 16 acres of beautiful gardens.   The whole property was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1975.

Filoli garden pathA long walkway leads through to the cutting and vegetable gardens.

wax begoniasThis shows that hundreds of even the most mundane flower can have great impact.

Filoli cupolaThe classic cupola is on the former carriage house which is now home to a stunning store.

Filoli design workshop The talented participants created these layered designs using NZ flax, anthurium, pincushion protea, carnations, and leucadendron.

Filoli applesThe education building was filled with the scents of heirloom apples.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Stately wonder….Filoli

  1. Betsy says:

    Hi Susan: went to Filoli once about 10 or 12 years ago and loved it! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. susan says:

    You did good!!!!!!

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