Filoli’s annual Spring Fling is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the National Trust for Historic Preservation property, 86 Cañada Road in Woodside.
During the event, guests are invited to visit the historical house and 16 acres of gardens. The Fortis Agility Sports Training Group will entertain with trained dogs navigating challenging obstacles. Guide Dogs for the Blind puppies will be available for petting, as well as a miniature horse and alpacas for viewing. Docent-led nature walks are offered throughout the day on the trails in Filoli’s woodlands.
Additional activities for children and families include live music, flower-arranging demonstrations, a magic show, a puppet show, arts and crafts, face painting and bubbles. Filoli’s own honey, herb mixes, vinegars, dips and soup mixes will be available for purchase.
Filoli’s three greenhouses will be open to visitors, who can view plants that have been in Filoli’s collection from 1920 to the present, including carnivorous plants, unusual bromeliads, orchids and edible tropical plants. In the potting shed, children can decorate a container and pot a spring plant to take home. Throughout the greenhouses and gardens, docents will be on hand to answer questions.
Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, $5 for ages 5-17 and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at www.filoli.org or by calling Filoli 9-4 p.m. weekdays at 364-8300, ext. 508. Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended.
Box lunches – $18 for adults, $10 for children – must be ordered in advance. Parking is free.