Flowers at Filoli Historic House & Garden are part of its rich and vibrant legacy. The rooms of this grand Georgian Revival mansion are festooned with flowers in all seasons, thanks to the prolific cut flower gardens that are cared for by the talented horticulture staff.

Filoli's floral design tradition dates to the master plan of the estate's original owners, the Bourn family.

According to Filoli: Family Home, Historic Garden and Living Museum (2017), Filoli was designed to include many of the elements expected in a typical English country estate. Isabella "Bella" Worn was brought in to supervise the planting of the first garden. Bella and her sisters, Annie and Louise, owned Misses Worn, a San Francisco flower shop. "Their innovative floral design made them the society decorators for every leading function in the Bay Area for nearly half a century. Many credit the sisters with changing the concept of floral design from stiff bouquets toward the more natural and graceful style still popular today."

At Filoli, flowers grown in the cutting garden continue to be used for weekly floral arrangements throughout the house and the visitor and education center. 

DURING THE SLOW FLOWERS SUMMIT, the rooms of Filoli's Historic House will be turned over to our attendees! Here is the schedule for Monday, June 28th: 

8:30 a.m. // Check-in & Welcome Reception

Breakfast served

9:00 a.m. // Self-guided Tours of Filoli Historic House and Garden

9:45 a.m. // Welcome

Debra Prinzing, Slow Flowers LLC

10:00 a.m. // Max Gill Demonstration

Large-scale foam-free floral arrangement inspired by Filoli's cutting gardens

11:15 a.m. // Susan McLeary Demonstration
Large-scale, foam-free botanical sculpture at the Historic House

2:30-3:00 p.m. // Floral Design Takeover + Working Lunch
Design teams assigned to "flower" Filoli rooms, interior and exterior spaces

3:00-4:00 p.m. // Tours + Photography of Floral Designs

4:00-5:30 p.m. // Posy Bar + Book Signing with Teresa Sabankaya 
Design demonstration, make your own posy interactive session

5:00-7:00 p.m. // Cocktails and savories with Summit Speakers & Special Guests


PLAN AHEAD! If you want to bring your favorite tools and/or supplies, please do so. We will have limited clippers and snips on hand.

FLOWERS AND MORE: The Slow Flowers Summit Floral Donation Program invites local farms, growers and gardeners to contribute.