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February 25, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

New camellia named for Woodside resident New camellia named for Woodside resident (February 25, 2004)

Just in time for its third annual Camellia Treasures event February 24 to 28, Filoli announces the development of the new camellia sasanqua 'Peter Horeni.'

The fall-flowering camellia is named after Peter Horeni of Woodside, a Filoli volunteer for the past 25 years. It was originated from seed by Molly Barker, Filoli's director for education. It is a single white flower with gold stamens and just a touch of pink on the outer edges of its curved petals.

Mr. Horeni labels all the plant collections for Filoli. He credits his late wife, Katie, with urging him to become a member of Friends of Filoli in 1979.

"Katie started labeling all the roses and I checked the spelling," says Mr. Horeni. As time passed, he became the estate's "go-to man" when new black plant tags needed to be engraved.

"Pete is a dedicated volunteer who has worked behind the scenes for 25 years," says Ms. Barker. "I saw this as a way to honor both Filoli and a beloved volunteer."

The new camellia, which has been certified by the American Camellia Society and the Peninsula Camellia Society, is a mid-size cascading shrub with a fresh floral scent.
'Camellia Treasures'

Garden tours, planting, pruning and floral design demonstrations will highlight "Camellia Treasures: Teas to Trees," which will be held from Tuesday, February 24, through Saturday, February 28, at the Filoli estate in Woodside.

A tea tasting will be held in the estate's kitchen. Japanese tea ceremonies will take place in the ballroom. Antique tea sets and tea tables will be on display.

Many events are free with paid admission, however, tickets are required for the Japanese tea ceremonies. Cost is $10 for members, and $15 for others.

For more information, tickets and reservations, call Filoli's ticket office at 364-8300, ext. 508.

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