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Daffodil days open Filoli season

 

Filoli is hosting "Daffodil Daydreams" from Friday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 28, to mark the official opening of its 2010 season.

Filoli has tens of thousands of daffodils on display in many different landscapes throughout the estate, located at 86 Canada Road in Woodside. Two large meadows of daffodils contain approximately 600,000 bulbs, says Filoli spokesperson Christina Syrett.

Visitors can also enjoy other early spring flowering in the gardens, demonstrations, activities for children, garden walks, and the "Patterns and Abstractions of Nature" art exhibit.

Talks will be given by Bob Spotts, president of the Northern California Daffodil Society; Lucy Tolmach, Filoli's director of horticulture; and Lee McCaffree, a botanical art instructor.

Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Artists are invited to photograph and paint in the gardens on Friday and Sunday.

Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students, ages 5 through 17; and free for children 4 and under. For reservations, visit www.filoli.org or call 364-8300, ext. 508.

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