February 2017
The photo above was taken by our own Susan Benton.  In addition to her responsibilities as Board President, Susan is starting a new group at Gamble called Many Hands.  Here is her message to our members:
Lavender sachets made by Gamble Garden volunteers were a big hit at the Greens Sale in December and have sold out. With such a wonderful response, I am organizing an auxiliary to make sachets to sell at Spring Tour and we will definitely need Many Hands to help.  We already have beautiful fabrics and lavender generously donated from a local garden. If you like hand sewing or simple machine sewing, please email me at:  Our first meeting will be in the Carriage House on Monday, February 13 at 9:30. Hope to see you then.
Camellia Class 
Sunday, Feb 26, 1:30 - 4:30pm
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Pops of red, pink, coral, and lilac camellia blooms are everywhere in our historic garden. Come to a talk, garden tour and reception with renowned camellia expert Barbara Tuffli to learn which camellias will perform best for you.

As a landscape consultant, designer, photographer, and author, Tuffli has 35 years of experience in gardening and horticulture. Her book Camellia Portraits beautifully illustrates "care and culture" of these flowering shrubs.
Fees:  $40 for members (use promo code Iris) and $50 for non-members.
Spring Bulbs at Gamble 
Dirty Knees Brigade Update
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Gamble's garden volunteers planted almost 2,000 bulbs for a spectacular show in the garden this spring. Bulbs were planted in terra cotta containers and in flower beds for colorful displays throughout the garden. They included the following bulbs:
Anemone coronaria ‘Admiral’ - peony shape, raspberry color
Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’- white
Anemone ‘Rosea’ – pink with black eye
Iris ‘Juno Bucharica’- Circa 1901 from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, scented, creamy white standards and pale yellow falls with darker yellow blotches
Iris reticulata ‘Gordon’- lobelia blue with violet falls, white rimmed
Tulipa ‘Aveyron’- deep rose with paler rose petal edges
Tulipa batalinii ‘Red Gem’ – vermillion red
Tulipa ‘Caravelle’ – dark red, almost purple
Tulipa clusiana chrysantha ‘Tubergen’s Gem’ – dark yellow with red petals
Tulipa ‘Dardogne’ – a French tulip, claret rose with yellow edges
Tulipa ‘Pink Diamond’ – soft pink, goblet shaped
Narcissus ‘Beautiful Eyes’ – fragrant, ivory with star shaped yellow halo
Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’ – fragrant, double, white and saffron
Narcissus ‘Sailboat’ – fragrant, creamy white, swept-back petals looking like sails
Take a stroll through Gamble Garden this spring to see all these beautiful bulbs in flower.
Tea and Book Discussion 
February 16th from 3-5 pm
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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. Walk-in's welcome!

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.
Luncheons at Gamble 
Join Us
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What could be more enjoyable than a lovely mid-week lunch at Gamble with friends? Call the Gamble office to book your place at the table. 650-329-1356

March 8 -  Salmon Pie with Cucumber Sauce, Asparagus with Spring Greens, and Raspberry Angel Roll for dessert

April 12 - Diced Apricot Chicken Salad with Asparagus Spears and Eton Mess for dessert

May 10 - Ham and Mushroom Crepes with Mixed Spring Greens and Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake for dessert

June 7 -  Salade Niçoise and Lemon Chiffon Cheesecake for dessert
All recipes can be found in the Gamble Garden Treasured Recipes cookbook.
Stay after lunch for a free 15 minute guided walk through the gardens.
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Spring Tour 2017 
Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th
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Spring Tour is coming soon! Our Theme is Gather in the Garden. Five beautiful private gardens will be open for your visit. 
    Formal Beauty in a Garden Inspired by
         Colonial Williamsburg

     A Garden Designed to Delight in All Seasons

     New & Old Treasures in a Venerable Estate

     The Perfect Marriage of a Stately Victorian
          Home and a New Garden 
      A Flower-filled Garden with a Mediterranean 
Click the link below and

Easter Egg Hunt and Fun 
Sunday April 9, 2017
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Join us for this festive tradition as Gamble Garden becomes a treasure of hidden Easter Eggs. Enjoy a supervised petting zoo with over 20 animals, arts & crafts, light refreshments, and a fun Easter Egg Hunt in our beautiful garden. And…take pictures with the Easter Bunny!
Hunts are held at 9:30, 11:00 and 12:30.
This event is always a sell-out at Gamble.  February is registration for members only.  In March this will be open for public registration.
Member Tickets:  Child, $20    Adult, $10
More Upcoming Classes 
at Gamble Garden
Other upcoming classes at Gamble - Click HERE for all the details and to register.

Japanese Maple Pruning, Sunday, February 12, 9:30 - noon

Replace Your Lawn, Saturday February 25, 9:30 - 11:30

iPhone Garden Photography, Sunday March 19, 1:30 - 3:30
Planning your Spring Garden? 
Get 10% off at our Gamble Nursery Partners
All you need is your Gamble Membership card at check-out.  Can't find your card? 
Email us or call the office and we will send you a replacement. 
Email or call 650-329-1356
Ladera Garden & Gifts, now with TWO Locations
3130 Alpine Road #380, Portola Valley, CA 94028(650) 854-3850
2029 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002(650) 232-7154
Gamble Historical Footnote 
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The construction trucks and road work in our area can be bothersome, but at least our modern roads are passable.  Gamble Garden's boarder streets, Waverley Street and Churchill Avenue, were not paved until 1926. The photo shows the unpaved Embarcadero Road border of Gamble. As you can imagine, during the rainy months of the year, these roads turned into 100% mud!
(Photograph courtesy of the Palo Alto Historical Association)