Escape With This Virtual 'Art in Bloom': American Paintings + Filoli Garden

  • April 28, 2020 13:58

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The lily pond at Filoli.
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Spring is not cancelled. Just around the corner, select historic properties with ample walking trails and gardens in the U.S. will reopen after temporary closures during the health crisis, while many others can be strolled virtually with websites and social media channels. (Call the venue or check online for official updates before venturing out.)

Wisteria at Filoli
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Filoli Historic House and Garden is awash in iris, daffodils, lilacs, tulips, hyacinths, roses and wisteria cascading in waves of blooms from February through May, slowly transitioning into foxglove, hydrangea, waterlilies, peonies, fruit trees and seasonal beds through the summer and fall months.

Nestled at the edge of Silicon Valley, in Woodside, California, the enchanting 16-acre Filoli Garden is scheduled to reopen to the public (limited numbers) on May 11, with new guidelines in place for visitors, including a face mask requirement, reservation system and a one-way walking path design. The circa-1917 Filoli mansion, part of this 654-acre National Trust property built from gold mine wealth, will remain closed. Visit virtually with a selection of images, blogs and video by Filoli staff.

Across the U.S., spring usually heralds popular museum exhibitions of floral displays juxtaposed with artworks. Recreate the experience with a virtual walk through Filoli Garden on social media, and with the garden scenes shown here paired with springtime artworks from separate museum collections.

Waterlilies at Filoli Garden.
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John La Farge, 1835-1910. Small Study of Waterlilies. c. 1879. Watercolor and body color on japanese paper, 7 11/16 x 6 7/16 in.
The Clark Art Institute
California poppies and lilacs at Filoli.
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Granville Redmond, Patch of Poppies, 1912. Oil on canvas, 26 x 36 in. Crocker Art Museum, Melza and Ted Barr Collection, 2010.2.1.
Crocker Art Museum
Tulips at Filoli
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Colin Campbell Cooper, Lily Pond, Balboa Park, 1916.
Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture
Pink blossoms at Filoli.
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Fidelia Bridges, May - one of a series of twelve color print illustrations, 1876, collection of the Boston Public Library.
Boston Public Library


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