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Preservation Behind the Scenes in Filoli's Historic Garden

  • March 28, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Filoli Estate, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062
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Registration

  • For use by Family, Sustaining and Non-profit/Library Members: two tickets at the member price.
  • For Individual, Student and Life Members: one ticket at the member price, additional tickets at the standard price.

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Join CGLHS for a day at Filoli dedicated to the preservation of historic gardens! Filoli Horticulture Manager Kate Nowell will discuss some of the successes and challenges faced and projects recently undertaken at Filoli. The tour will accommodate a limited number of participants and will include garden areas such as the historic orchard and propagation greenhouses that are not usually open to the public

Cathy Garrett, President and Design Director of PGADesign, will give an overview of historic landscape treatment standards, including preservation issues and typical approaches. A former member of the Historic State Capitol Commission, she has contributed to the first master plan for the cultural landscape of the Capitol Park in Sacramento. 

Kate and Cathy will explore questions surrounding the management of historic gardens, such as: What are the issues and challenges in preserving a historic garden? What happens when a plant gets too big, or dies? There are guidelines, but often no easy answers. Expect a lively conversation!

The event will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at noon. Afterwards, guests may bring a picnic lunch or purchase lunch at the Filoli café and spend the afternoon visiting the house and strolling the gardens. 

Constructed in 1917, the Filoli mansion and its 16 acres of formal gardens are surrounded by a 654-acre estate. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated by the nonprofit Filoli Center, in agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

Note:  This California Garden & Landscape History Society event will take place in a public botanical garden with uneven paths and steps, and some changes in garden levels with no handrails. We remind each of you to be responsible for your own health and safety by wearing comfortable shoes, being aware of your surroundings, watching your step, and asking for assistance whenever needed. Be prepared in case of inclement weather! Your attendance on this tour constitutes your acceptance of these terms.

PHOTOS: Janet Gracyk