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Photo Courtesy Of Filoli Filoli is scheduled to celebrate summer Aug. 5-7 with "The Great Big Garden Bonanza." The public is invited to take in the many colors of the estate's seasonal flowers.

Filoli has scheduled a summer celebration, “The Great Big Garden Bonanza,” Aug. 5-7 on its property at 86 Cañada Road in Woodside.

Events are scheduled 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

The summer garden is a bonanza of colorful blooms, tasty foods and fresh scents. Filoli’s instructors, staff and volunteers will share how to get the most from the summer garden during three days of demonstrations on flower arranging and outdoor orchid care, garden walks and explorations, guided greenhouse visits, talks on vegetable-garden basics and garden maintenance, crafts for children and more.

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. all three days, Pamela Keith and staff from CuisineStyle will offer food demonstrations. Keith, a French-trained chef and founder/CEO of CuisineStyle, graduated from the Ritz-Escoffier École de Gastronomie Francaise in Paris and worked in several Parisian Michelin-star restaurant kitchens, including L’Espadon in the Hotel Ritz, Michel Rostang and Jacques Cagna. Keith is teaching a “Cooking with Seasonal Foods” series of classes at Filoli this summer.

Programs are free for members or with paid admission to Filoli. Reservations are not required. For nonmembers, admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65 and older), $5 for students (5-17 or with valid student ID) and free for children 4 and younger. Special rates are available for groups of 12 or more adults by contacting Visitor Services at 364-8300, ext. 507.

Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The 654-acre property includes a 36,000 square-foot residence furnished with an extensive collection of 17th- and 18th-century English antiques and 16 acres of English Renaissance gardens that showcase the estate’s horticultural collection. Established as a private residence in 1917 and opened to the public in 1976 to promote cultural and horticultural endeavors, Filoli is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities.

Filoli admission includes self-guided or docent-led tours of the historic house and garden and access to the cafe, garden shop and art exhibit. Docent-led nature hikes are available by advance reservation 10 a.m. Saturdays. For house and hike reservations, call Visitor Services or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additional admission fees are in effect on Special Event days. Parking is always free.

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

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