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(Photograph from Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism)
 
March 2017
 
Dear
 
Miss Gamble's favorite flower was the iris and at one time she had 300 varieties in her garden.  Shown in the photo above is the iris "Elizabeth Gamble", hybridized in 1994 by her friend Lois O'Brien in her honor. Our current iris collection features Dykes Medal winners from 1928-1969 and can be seen in the cutting garden, the planting beds bordering Waverley Street, and near the house.  A Dykes Medal is given by the American Tall Beadred Iris Society as the best iris of the year.  Many varieties of these Dykes Medal winners will be for sale at the Spring Tour plant sale.
 
The Spring Tour committee is in full swing getting ready to welcome over 2,000 guests, both at Gamble and in the five private gardens on view this year.  Spring Tour is a major fundraising event for Gamble Garden.  The newsletter this month and next will be filled with Spring Tour information.  We hope you will purchase your Spring Tour tickets in advance and receive the member discount. 
 
 
Thank You Dreyfus Sotheby's
 
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Over The Garden Fence 
at Spring Tour
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Over the Garden Fence, Gamble’s unique high-end ‘shop', will be bursting with one-of-a- kind gently-used items.  There are treasures galore and all for sale at remarkable prices.
 
We have it all - home and garden furniture, accessories, china, crystal, linens, silver, and antiques collectibles from around the world.  Are you getting excited for Spring Tour to begin?  We are!
 
Spring Tour Underwriters and Gamble Garden donors at the $250 level and above are invited to the April 27th Preview Party and get first pick at Over The Garden Fence.  The Preview Party is also the first opportunity to bid on our Silent Auction items plus get the first look at our Marketplace Vendors - all while you sip wine and sample light appetizers.  Underwriters receive complimentary tour tickets and acknowledgement in our Spring Tour guidebook and our Annual Report.
 
 
 
 
The Gamble '02 Society 
Planned Giving for Gamble Garden
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In the spirit of Valentine's Day, the Endowment Committee delivered packages of sweet treats to the doorstep of each Elizabeth Gamble '02  Legacy Society member.  The inscription on the package conveyed our thanks to those who have remembered Gamble Garden in their estate planning.
 
Estate planning can reflect your personal charitable values. A bequest in your will reduces the size of your taxable estate while leaving your current cash flow unaffected. If you notify us that you have remembered Gamble Garden in your estate plan, you become a member of our Elizabeth Gamble ’02 Legacy Society. Call the office at 329-1356 or contact Jane Stocklin for more information, or if you have already remembered Gamble Garden in your estate plans.  Next year, you will receive a "sweet" thank you.

 
Easter Egg Hunt and Fun 
Sunday April 9, 2017
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A Festive Spring Tradition at Gamble!
 Bring the Family …
 
Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt in our Beautiful Garden
 
Meet more than 20 Animals at the Petting Zoo
 
Take Photographs with the Easter Bunny
 
Participate in Arts & Crafts
 
Light Refreshments
 
Sign up and choose a time:
9:30am, or 11:00am, or 12:30pm
 
 
This event is always a sell-out
Member Tickets:  Child $20    Adult $10

 
 
 
Spring Tour Private Gardens 
Gather in the Garden, Friday and Saturday April 29th and 30th, 10am - 4pm
 
This month we will feature three of the five private gardens on the tour.
Our April edition will showcase two more gardens and exciting news about Spring Tour.
 
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New & Old Treasures in a
Venerable Estate Garden
 
The homeowners brought their potted dogwood along when they moved here in 1976. Thus began a long and highly productive love affair with this venerable estate garden in Old Palo Alto, nestled in a grove of Palo Alto's largest valley oaks when the house was built in 1920. Today, this garden features a large and elegant entry, four garden rooms inspired by family travels, photos clipped from magazines and the desire to welcome family and friends in all seasons.

A Garden Designed to Delight in All Seasons
 
Local garden connoisseurs will recognize the hand behind this enchanting formal garden. Daffodils, tulips, Akebono cherry blossoms and azaleas, all flowering in white or pale hues, grace the spring garden. This flowery exuberance is contained within the frame of meticulously maintained English boxwood hedges, paths of Connecticut bluestone, and an elegant and beautifully detailed fence and gate.  It is of course a Katsy Swan garden.
 
A Flower-filled Garden
with a Mediterranean Flavor
 
When they decided to remove their front and back lawns, the homeowners hired the doyenne of lawn replacement in Palo Alto, Kim Raftery. The result is a garden perfectly suited to the stucco bungalow built in 1926.
 
Kim Raferty is well-know to many in our community.  She offers classes at Gamble on how to plan and replace your lawn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Photographs courtesy of Nadine Priestley Photography  ~  www.nadinepriestley.com )
 
Volunteer for Spring Tour 
Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th
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    "Bee" a friend and volunteer for Spring Tour. Volunteers
    are an essential part of this event and over 300 people help
   make it happen.  A short 4-hour shift on Friday or
    Saturday scores you a ticket discount.  It's fun, you will make
    new friends, and engage withour great community.
 
     Contact by email SpringTour@GambleGarden.org
 
Upcoming Events 
 
Classes  and Luncheons at Gamble
 
 
iPhone GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY, Sunday March 19
This hands-on class is an introduction to the art of iPhone photography in the garden using basic techniques and key features of the camera.
 
TREES TO PLANT NOW, Thursday April 6
Can’t decide what tree to plant or where to plant it? Canopy’s arborists, Michael Hawkins and Elise Willis are coming to help residents decide, with info on 10 of today’s best native and nonnative tree selections for our unique climate.
 
PLANT A MINI SUCCULENT MINI GARDEN, Saturday April 22 aka Earth Day
Join Vicki Sullivan and plant a mini succulent garden in a repurposed small appliance or a container, and create a fun piece for your front steps or garden.  Learn about varieties, care and feeding of succulents.
 
LUNCHEONS AT GAMBLE and a complimentary 15-minute Guided Walk Through the Garden
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
 
Help Gamble improve our luncheons by participating in a survey and sharing your thoughts. 
 
The Garden Update 
 Miss Gamble's Daffodils
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Three years ago, our garden office discovered the original sales receipts for daffodils from local nurseries, selected and purchased by Miss Gamble in 1938 and 1940. This prompted us to locate and purchase three of her selections from bulb companies specializing in historic daffodils. We re-planted three favorites.  Look for this flashy display when you come to Gamble.
 
Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ (1914), a sunny yellow, was planted along the driveway leading to the Embarcadero parking lot, and is currently in bloom. They resemble yellow-topped little soldiers welcoming visitors to Gamble.
 
Narcissus ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’ (1614), a snowy white, richly fragrant daffodil was planted at the entrance to the Rose Garden.
 
Narcissus ‘Daphne’ (1914), named by the American Daffodil Society as the “Best Historic Daffodil” is white and pale yellow, and is planted in the Malus ‘Sugar Tyme’ Allee and around the main house.
New Camellias 
Additions to the Garden
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Camellia japonica ‘Guilio Nuccio’ (1956)
This camellia was chosen to honor our beloved Paul Althouse on his 90th birthday. It has been planted in the Woodland Garden. It has large velvety flowers of a rich coral-rose shade, almost red, and lush green foliage of a weeping habit, often with divided ‘fishtail’ leaves.
 
Camellia japonica ‘Elegans Champagne’ (1975)
This is a camellia of spreading bushy growth that has large anemone form flowers that are waxy white on the outer petals, and have a cream center. It is considered the most beautiful descendant of the original Elegans cultivar of 1831. It is also planted in the Woodland Garden.