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Now through August 30, Filoli in Woodside is celebrating the Colors of California, which the estate kicked off with its 30th annual Flower Show last weekend. The theme was California Kaleidoscope in honor of the history and environment of California.

The show featured over 80 floral displays from a range of professional exhibitors and florists, including a Challenge Bouquet exhibit, featuring nine florists who used the same selection of flowers and blooms to create nine unique arrangements. (One example by Mary Rita McKay is pictured top.)

The Filoli gardens were dotted with colorful sculptures made by local glass artists and the Garden House was transformed by Event Planner Robert Fountain. Shown above is Tony Duquette Reimagined, table design by Robert Fountain; floral design by Katherine Oliver.

The biggest installation was outside. Reports Robb Most who photographed the event for InMenlo: “Tony Moralis of Redwood Landscape, Inc. (pictured below) put this together for Kathy Crane, owner of Yerba Buena Nursery. Lyngso Garden supplied the stone. The theme was a gold mine because Filoli has the history of being built on gold mine wealth.” Also contributing to the installation were Donald Lavezzo and Ouroboros Farm.

Beginning tomorrow night, June 7, Filoli is debuting out its first-ever Summer Nights series, taking place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursdays through August 30. All members can bring a guest for free.

On select Thursday evenings, there will be small workshops, activities and classes for an additional fee, including, a wine and floral design workshop, yoga by the pool, a wine and painting workshop, and more. Sunset Hikes will be offered every Thursday evening at 6:00 pm for $10 (plus admission). Members will have special access to additional complimentary tours, tastings and lectures.

A complete listing of Summer Nights events is online.

Note: Pictured above is Golden Gate Bridge designed by Arlene Boyles of Violetta Flowers.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Spotted: Flowers “in the pink” on Mother’s Day in Menlo Park

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The San Francisco Giants are sporting pink today in honor of Mother’s Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Not to be out done are these pink roses and rhododendron spotted in Menlo Park front yards today.  

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Spotted: Menlo Park front yard filled with tulips

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Alas, we need one of our great contributing photographers to really show off the front yard filled with tulips at this Menlo Park home. Our iPhone shot gives only a hint of how glorious it is. It was designed by Menlo Park landscape designer Susan Ogle who we interviewed in 2013. Photo by Linda Hubbard […]

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Free compost giveaway at Bedwell Bayfront Park the first Saturday of the month

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A free compost giveaway is held at Bedwell Bayfront Park on the first Saturday of every month (except December and January) starting at 7:00 am. Residents should bring proof of residency, shovels and containers, and be prepared to help themselves to the large pile of compost just inside the park entrance. The compost comes from […]

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Learn about proper tree care at a workshop on April 7

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Menlo Park city arborist Christian Bonner will be showing residents how to maintain and care for their trees while using water efficiently and effectively. The workshop will demonstrate proper tree care and maintenance, including pruning and irrigation techniques with a water-conscious mindset. Please dress for the elements, bring a pair of your favorite gardening gloves, […]

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Tickets on sale for Filoli’s 30th annual flower show, “California Kaledioscope”

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Filoli’s 30th annual Flower Show, “California Kaleidoscope,” will take place from May 31st through June 3rd, spotlighting over 80 floral displays from a range of professional exhibitors and florists, including an exposition of Ikebana designs by local artists who specialize in the unique Japanese floral art form. The 2018 Flower Show exhibitors include American Rhododendron […]

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Learn how to maintain and care for your trees with less water on Nov 18

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This free workshop will demonstrate water-conscious care, maintenance, pruning and irrigation techniques to promote the health of your trees during dry periods. It takes place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:00 am to noon at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center (700 Alma St.) in Menlo Park. Learn answers to all of your tree-related questions from a professional […]

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Filoli makes changes in visitor access, staffing and volunteer training as it looks to the future

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This year, under new leadership, Filoli has expanded hours of operation and the community response was very positive. “We have experienced nearly a 30% increase in attendance just by opening our doors more widely,” said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer at Filoli, who was brought on board just a year ago. Filoli is now exploring […]

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Sunflowers brighten up Robin Tobias’s Menlo Park yard

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was at it again, this time photographing sunflowers at the west side of Menlo in Robin Tobias’s yard. (Last month Robb photographed the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s backyard in the FairOaks neighborhood of Menlo Park.) Robin sent us an email about this year’s garden:  “I planted […]

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A sunflower forest grows in Menlo Park

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There are sunflowers — and then there is the sunflower forest in Art Scott and Cindy Sumida-Scott’s Menlo Park backyard. First came the work of local landscape designer Janet Bell, who redid the yard. At that project’s conclusion, the couple sent cards to the various workers, expressing “this beautiful garden representing the analemma [sun’s path] […]

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A second peek at Kathy Brenzel’s rose-filled Menlo Park backyard

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Editor’s note: Along with InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg, we visited Kathy Brenzel’s Menlo Park backyard, which is ablaze with roses. This is the second report about what we saw; part one is here. Kathy has a special place in her heart for the roses that Frances captured sitting in a little vase. “It’s an […]

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