January 2017
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Happy 2017 to our members!  Gamble has an exciting year planned, and we look forward to sharing all our new programs and events with our community in the months to come. As you can see from the photo at the top, our Horticultural office and "Dirty Knees Brigade" of volunteers are ready to begin the spring refresh of the garden, starting wth our new collection of Sweet Pea plants. Stop by Gamble soon for a walk or call the office and arrange a Docent Tour.
Sweet Pea
(Delicate Pleasures)
“Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight:
With wings of gentle flush o’er delicate white,
And taper fingers catching at all things,
To bind them all about with tiny rings”
—  John Keats (1795-1821)
Pre-Register Now
Tea Time Book Discussion - Members Event
 February 16, 2017 3-5pm
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"The Invention of Nature"  by Andrea Wulf
Join us in the Gamble Living Room on February 16th from 3-5pm for tea and a special program!  Gamble Board member Mary Powell will lead a discussion of the acclaimed  book, “The Invention of Nature” by Andrea Wulf.  This book details the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.  You do not need to have finished the book to participate.

A Best Book of the Year:
The New York Times, The Atlantic, Nature, The Economist, JezebelKirkus ReviewsPublishers WeeklyNew ScientistThe IndependentThe TelegraphThe Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator
Advance Event Registration $15 per person. 
At the door $20 per person.
Members may register 2 non-member friends at the member price for this event.
Space is limited so register early.
Purchase the book with Amazon Smile and help Gamble. 
1.  Go to
2.  Log in or create your Amazon account
3.  Under “Select a Charity,” type in Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
     or just Gamble Garden
A Cooking Class for the Entire Family
Learn to Make Chinese Wontons for Lunar New Year 
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 3pm-4:30pm
Do you love Chinese wontons? Do you wish you could make them at home? Learn how to make this traditional Shanghainese dish in this hands-on class at Gamble. You will prepare the broth for the wonton soup, mix the meat and vegetable ingredients for the filling, master wrapping and cooking techniques. We will sit down and celebrate the Year of the Rooster and sample your freshly made wontons and other delicious Chinese treats. This is a perfect cooking class for you and your family!
CLICK HERE to register now
Fee: $25 member / $35 non-member
Mr. Joe Zhang is a tech entrepreneur and a wonton expert. He is passionate about home cooking. In fact, in China, where Joe was born, many men are great home chefs. His specialty is making Shanghai-style dishes and dim sum, and he is very excited to share his secret Shanghainese home recipes!
* Children ages 8 – 12 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
** Recommended for adults and children ages 8 and older.
***Class size limited to 20 people.
A Gamble Survey for Members 
What classes, events, and programs would you like to see at Gamble?
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We would love your help. Gamble is in the process of planning new classes, member exclusive events and  programs. Will you give us your two cents? 
Please CLICK HERE and go to our anonymous survey asking what additional educational and fun activities YOU would like Gamble to offer in 2017.
You may also reply to this message if you prefer to send comments directly to Gamble.
Survey closes on February 15, 2017
Sweet Peas! 
New at Gamble
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The “original” Sweet Pea, ‘Cupani’ has come to Gamble Garden this winter. ‘Cupani’ was first cultivated by a Sicilian monk, Father Francis Cupani, who found this intensely scented wild sweet pea growing near his monastery in 1695. In 1699 he sent seeds to a teacher in England, and ‘Cupani’ was the first recorded Sweet Pea to be cultivated. The beautiful deep purple-blue and violet bi-colored sweet pea has blooms that are aromatic, and most stems bear around 3 or 4 flowers. We have germinated - ‘Cupani’ - and several other sweet peas from seeds brought to Gamble from the Chelsea Flower Show this year. They include ‘Just Jenny’, ‘Our Harry’, ‘Elegant Ladies’,’ King’s High Scent’, and ‘Kiera Madeline’. Our collection also includes heirlooms, ‘Pastel Sunset’ and ‘Grandiflora Mix’. Early planting is one of the secrets of excellent sweet peas.
Our plants were germinated in the Gamble Garden greenhouse and potted up by Gamble volunteers in excellent Gamble potting soil. They may be planted in your garden now. Stop by the Horitcultural office weekday mornings to purchase a 1-gallon container for $6.
Spring Tour 2017 
Gather in the Garden
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 The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is pleased to announce the 2017 Spring Tour. Save the dates --- Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017. 
Our theme this year is “Gather in the Garden”. All of the properties selected for the 2017 tour exemplify how gardens bring us closer together through nature’s beauty, whether in the back yard or in a public garden like Gamble.
Spring Tour Tickets will be available soon
More Upcoming Events 
Use Promo code IRIS for your member discount!
Sunday, February 12, 2017 Time: 9:30am-12pm
Fee: Members $25 and Non-members $35
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Time: 9:30am - 11:30pm
Fee: Members $25 and $35 for Non-members   
Class Limit: 40
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Fee: $40 Member and $50 Non-member
Class Size: 30
Sunday, March 19, 2017 TIME: 1:30-3:30pm
FEE: $40 members and $50 Non-members
Class Limit: 15
The Master Gardeners return to Gamble in February.  You can call in a question on Fridays, between 1 and 4 pm (650-329-1356). Or, come to the Gamble house the 2nd Saturday each month, 9 - 11am. The Master Gardeners are in our Library waiting for your plant questions. Afterwards, take a stroll in the garden and see what's blooming.
Remembering Fran Escherich 
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Fran Escherich was a long-serving and loyal Gamble Garden supporter.  After moving to Palo Alto in 1954, Fran worked as confidential secretary to the Palo Alto City Attorney until she retired in 1977.  Fred Eyerly, a retired Palo Alto Mayor, recruited Fran to join Gamble’s first Board of Directors in 1985.  She served on the Executive Committee that wrote the bylaws and other organizational documents.  For five years, before Gamble could afford paid office staff, Fran was one of the few who organized and ran the Gamble office.  Fran, with her husband Alfred, became some of the first Elizabeth Gamble ’02 Legacy Society members in 2000. 
Over the years, Fran invested in three engraved Endowment Bricks. Upon her death on May 17, 2016, at the age of 99, her estate made a gift to the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Endowment Fund.  Fran’s legacy of service and financial support continuto live on and help the garden flourish just as she wished.