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Nature Explorations with Diane West-Bourke 
FALL 2018 HIKES begin on:
OCT. 9th (6 Tuesdays)    OR      OCT. 10th (6 Wednesdays) 
Diane is a great nature- biology teacher, specializing in our local bay area. She is so good at adding the why /how  into a discussion that you will learn What Matters about our ecosystem and environment! Highly recommended!

Are you ready to sample some fabulous Fall nature hikes with me? Forest trails, coastal canyons, maple-dappled creeks & beaches are all perfect for Autumn exploration. Discover new trails, make new friends, & awaken to the wonder & mystery of nature around us!
I hope that you can join us!
Happy Trails,
Diane West-Bourke

Spring Fling Saturday April 6 2012

It’s Open! Filoli Nature Center with Bulbs, Flowers, and the event you’ve been waiting for Spring Fling. When you call Filoli, there is a quick list of what to see and do that is updated frequently.  Spring Fling is the big fund-raiser for this magnificent garden, it is the perfect time to show your support.

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Flowering cherries will be in full bloom this week.

Take a stroll through the lower daffodil field to see and smell The ‘Golden Dawn’ daffs.

Rolling, flowing, undulating mounds of Viola ‘Jersey Jem’ will greet visitors all week and for weeks to come in the Chartres Garden (A3).

Camellias throughout the garden are blooming nicely.

Other flowering plants: Pear espalier, plums, peaches, quince, crabapple, evergreen clematis, and so much more!!!!!!


Did you know? Q/A
*What do you do with all the tulip bulbs when they finish blooming?

When the tulips have faded, the foliage is removed and the annual display continues through the spring. Once the spring display has faded, the beds are pulled and the tulip bulbs are dug up and dumped into the compost pile. We do not keep tulip bulbs in the ground for a couple of reasons. First, tulips in our climate do not come back consistently after the initial season. Tulips left in the ground will typically come up sporadically, with less vigor and have smaller flowers. Secondly, we change the color scheme of the spring display every year. If all the tulips were left in the ground every year, we would have a jumble of colors as the old tulips mix with the recently planted bulbs.

*Do you replant the daffodil field every year?

The upper daffodil field (A4) is a combination of older daffodils that are naturalized and bulbs that are added every fall. We typically plant anywhere between 15,000 and 20,000 daffodil bulbs every year.

All the white and yellow daffodils you encounter in pots throughout the garden will be moved to the greenhouse after they are done blooming. The pots are allowed to dry out and the bulbs go into dormancy. In late summer, the bulbs are removed from the pots and sorted by variety into crates.

The lower Daffodil field (A2) was planted with Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ and is expected to naturalize and not require any annual additions. The next couple of years will prove the hardiness and reliability of ‘Golden Dawn’ in the garden.

October is the month we plant the bulbs in the field. We make numerous 6” deep trenches the width of the field, place the bulbs in the trench, and backfill. We concentrate on the areas where the bulbs are getting sparse to ensure a solid swath of yellow and white daffodils for the spring display. Enjoy!

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