Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Filoli's Spring Fling
Filoli's Spring Fling takes place Saturday, April 2, 2011. Families are especially welcome to enjoy the many aspects of the historic house, 16-acre garden in bloom, and the festivities of Spring Fling. The Fortis Agility Sports Training Group will entertain with their trained dogs navigating challenging obstacles. The 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 will be available 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, puppet show, arts and crafts for children, face painting galore, and a bubblesmith who makes giant bubbles. Filoli's own honey, herb mixes, vinegars, dips, and soup mixes are available for sale.

Visitors are also able to enjoy a rare chance to see the three historic greenhouses where there are 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: $20 for members; $25 for adult nonmembers; $5 for children ages 5 to 17; free for children 4 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at www.filoli.orgor by calling Filoli weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (650) 364-8300, ext. 508. Early reservations are recommended as space is limited. Pre-ordered box lunches are $18 for adults and $10 for children and must be ordered in advance. Parking is free. Visit for complete event activities.

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Keep Pets Safe
Please keep in mind that the bulbs of many flowers, such as lilies and daffodils, are poisonous to dogs and cats. Additionally, be aware of toxicity issues with other garden products! Natural products that might seem fairly benign to the Earth may contain naturally-occurring chemicals that are harmful to your pets. For example, cocoa mulch contains methylxanthines, the same chemicals found in chocolate, which are poisonous for dogs and cats if ingested. If you keep plants in your house or tend a garden, check with your veterinarian about whether your plants are pet-safe, or be sure to keep your flora and fauna separate. You can also refer to this helpful site:


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