Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Filoli Hikiing Tours
Sunset Hikes
Walk in Filoli's woodlands by the light of the setting sun and experience the tranquility of Filoli's Nature Preserve at dusk on Filoli's
sunset hikes on Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday August 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is the ideal time of day to spot Filoli's resident wildlife, so bring cameras and binoculars. Experienced Nature Education docents lead two-hour evening sunset hikes on varied terrain, which at times can be strenuous.

Orchard Tours
On Thursdays and Saturdays, now through October 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., take a docent-led tour of Filoli's orchard, the largest heirloom orchard in private hands in the United States. During the tour of this unique orchard, visitors learn about how Filoli is conserving not only the rare fruits and trees, but also the defining landscape feature of this country estate.

Nature Hikes
Filoli's Nature Preserve has more than seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of native California habitat. On Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. now through October 22, docent-led hikes are offered that cover approximately three miles of well-maintained trails and take about two and one-half hours. Experienced nature education Docents describe wildlife, plants, endangered species, and the historical background of the area.

Sturdy shoes are recommended for all hiking tours. Visitors may not hike the property without a Docent. Advance ticket purchase is required. Contact Filoli at 650-364-8300, ext. 508 or purchase tickets online at

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