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Filoli opens season with 'Daffodil Daydreams' this weekend

Photo Courtesy Of FiloliFiloli hosts its annual daffodil event this weekend. The garden preserve features walks with horticulturists.

Filoli, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, has scheduled its season-opening celebration, “Daffodil Daydreams,” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, designed for people of all ages to tour the garden’s early-spring floral display, which boasts nearly a million daffodils in bloom.

The event will feature three days of talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families, garden walks with horticulturalists and the first fine-art exhibition of the 2011 season, “Filoli Instructors and Their Students.”

Presenters include Lucy Tolmach, Filoli’s director of horticulture; Bob Spotts, past president of the Northern California Daffodil Society; Susan Rosner, Filoli photography instructor; and Catherine Watters, botanical art artist and Filoli instructor.

Three demonstrations are scheduled: “Ikebana Floral Arranging Using Seasonal Blooms” Friday; and “Making Natural Dyes” with Rebecca Burgess and “The Timeless Beauty of Stained Glass” with Kim Reeves Saturday.

Melissa Reading, president of the Northern California Daffodil Society, will lead a Garden Walk Sunday, accompanied by a “Flower Arranging with Seasonal Blooms” demonstration.

Artists are invited to photograph and paint in the garden Friday and Sunday – easels and tripods are welcomed.

For specific times of “Daffodil Daydreams” events, visit www.filoli.org/special-events-and-exhibits/opening-event.html.

In 2009, Filoli was selected as an American Daffodil Society Display Garden, the only such designated garden on the West Coast. Filoli’s collection, which comprises 122 cultivars, was chosen for its daffodils’ historical, public service, educational and enjoyment focuses.

The “Daffodil Daydreams” opening is free to Filoli members and those with paid admission. Space is limited for some programs, so advance reservations are recommended.

Filoli admission is free for members, $15 for nonmembers, $12 for seniors (65 and older), $5 for students (5-17 or with valid student ID) and free for children 4 and under. Special rates are available for groups of 12 or more adults by contacting Visitor Services at 364-8300, ext. 507. Parking is free.

Admission includes self-guided or docent-led guided tours of the house and gardens, access to the cafe, garden shop and art exhibition, and docent-led nature hikes with advance reservations 10 a.m. Saturdays.

Filoli is located at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside.

For more information, visit www.filoli.org or call 364-8300, ext. 508, 9 a.m. to 4p.m. weekdays.

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