We once again want to call your attention to an event at Filoli Gardens. The annual Autumn at Filoli Festival, on Saturday, October 2, is truly a feast for the rare fruit fanciers. Sample one of a kind grapes, pears and apples from Filoli’s Gentlemen’s Orchard. Fruit tasting is available all day in the Visitor and Education Center. There will be tours of the 6.8 acre orchard given by fruit historian C. Todd Kennedy, who helped restore the heritage orchard.
William Bowers Bourn II Bourn and his wife, Agnes Moody, built their Filoli as country estate around 1915. He established the Gentleman’s Orchard in 1919. It was never intended to produce large quantities of fruit, but rather the aim was to have a variety of heritage fruit. By 1997, the original 1,000 trees had suffered droughts, seasonal flooding, pests and diseases and had dwindled down to only 150 trees. It has now been restored to 650 fruit trees and is one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of heritage cultivars.
Children’s activities include supervised games, face painting, and a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. The Happy Bird exotic bird show, Randall Metz and his Puppet Company and Ravioli the Clown and his magic tricks will entertain the whole family.
The Autumn at Filoli is from 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, October 2. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $5 for children 5 to 17 and children 4 and under are free. See the Filoli website for details.