Monday, June 10, 2013


Filoli, an estate South of San Francisco in the town of Woodside, California.  Built in 1915 by Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn.  The name Filoli came by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”    The 654-acre estate is a California State Historic Landmark and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

I was lucky enough to visit Filoli this past weekend, taking two courses, Framing & Portfolio, which are part of the Botanical Illustration Course offered at the estate.  Lee McCaffree was the instructor for this course.  She was a wonderful teacher and very knowledgeable about the subject.

The front entrance of the estate.

View of the Sunken Gardens

One of the garden carts at the Filoli Garden Shop.  
The carts were overflowing with flowers and plants to purchase.

View of the many paths of the walled gardens.

The back door of the estate

Just another pathway into one of the side entrances of the home

View looking in thru the Filoli Garden House

The Garden House

Oh yes, I did take a couple of classes while at Filoli.
Here is the instructor, Lee McCaffree and me working on framing ideas for my Hellebore.

Looking forward to returning to Filoli and taking more Botanical Art classes.

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