Filoli

InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg stopped at Filoli on Friday afternoon just before it closed. “It was treat to see it damp, thanks to all the rain,” she emailed.

Frances, a Menlo Park resident, has long been represented by Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts where you can view her work.

Here we present a selection of her lovely photographs taken at Filoli.

Photos by Frances Freyberg (c) 2019

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Filoli kicks off the its summer season with 30th annual flower show

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 […]

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Lurline Matson Roth Coonan passes away at age 97

Lurline Matson Roth Coonan, who grew up at Filoli, passed peacefully with her family at the age of 97 on August 13, leaving a deep and enduring legacy to the estate. Lurline first came to Filoli in 1937 as a 17-year-old when her parents, Lurline Matson Roth and William P. Roth, purchased the estate. She often […]

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

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

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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A visit with new Filoli Executive Director Kara Newport

We are always interested in how and why people stumble (jump?) into their professions. So that was the first questions we asked Kara Newport, who was recently named Executive Director of Filoli. “I was raised on a sheep farm in Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for college, thinking I’d  be a liberal arts […]

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Filoli flowers herald Happy Spring!

Menlo Park-based photographer Frances Freyberg visited Filoli last weekend and found the gardens ablaze with flowering plants and fruit trees. We offer a selection here in celebration of Spring and Easter. This year Filoli is marking its centennial and  will celebrate that event and Mother’s Day at the 2016 Filoli Flower Show, which will take place May 6-8, […]

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Rain makes for happy Spring flowers

So after sputtering during the day yesterday — InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ reported just .15″ as of 4:30 pm — the rain picked up in the evening and overnight. Bill found another .3″ in his gauge this morning, bringing the season-to-date to 18.9″. “Back in 2011, my total on March 21 was 17.55″. Strong rain […]

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First bloom at Filoli captured by photographer on a garden stroll

InMenlo co-founder — and serious amateur photographer — Scott Loftesness writes in his personal blog: “I’m fortunate to live about 15 minutes away from Filoli — with its country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate in Woodside, California. Each year, about this time, Filoli opens for the season — and […]

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Filoli gardens sparkle in the twilight, captured by photographer Frances Freyberg

Filoli in Woodside closes at 3:30 pm, except for a few days each summer when the grounds stay open into the evening for Sunset Hikes and Orchard Walks. Menlo Park-based photographer took advantage of the last late opening of the summer to photograph the garden and grounds. “Filoli is my favorite local garden, and I’ve […]

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Sculpture takes its place amidst the gardens and grounds of Filoli this summer

There’s a special group of visitors at Filoli this summer — a variety of sculptures by local artists scattered amidst the gardens, courtyards, terraces, and fields. The exhibit, totaling about 125 pieces, is on display through Sept. 7. The participating artists are Jeff Owen, Archie Held, Grant Irish, Marcia Donahue, Richard Starks, Molly Stone from Cohn-Stone Studios, and five artists from the Orchard […]

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