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Photograph from Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism
April 2017
 
Dear
 
Miss Gamble loved to share the bounty of her garden. She often left large containers of cut flowers on the Waverley Street sidewalk by her garden gate, welcoming neighbors to help themselves and enjoy.  
 
In that spirit of sharing, Gamble Garden hosts its 32nd annual Spring Tour on April 28th and 29th. The tour is a special invitation for our community to experience the garden at a peak blooming time of the year. As part of this event, Gamble presents five notable private gardens, where generous homeowners open their gardens to the public for two days of visiting.
 
Over 2,000 guests attend Spring Tour, Gamble's major fundraising event.  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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Mimi and Reo have done it AGAIN! This is one Over the Garden Fence you will not want to miss.  Here they are discussing how to arrange displays in the Carriage House and adjoining patio - home and garden furniture, accessories, china, crystal, linens, silver, and antiques, and collectibles from around the world. Gamble’s unique shop is bursting with fabulous one-of-a kind gently-used items.  
 
Gamble members at the $250 Supporter level, and above, and Spring Tour underwriters at the $250 level, and above, are invited to the April 27th Preview Party and get first choice at Over The Garden Fence.  The Preview Party is also an opportunity to bid on Silent Auction items and shop at our Marketplace Vendors while you sip wine and sample light appetizers. 
 
If you would like to upgrade your membership to the $250 level,
reply to this email or call the Gamble office at 329-1356.
 
 
A Quick Look at two Spring Tour Private Gardens
Gather in the Garden, Friday and Saturday April 28th and 29th, 10am - 4pm
 
Last month we featured three of the five private gardens on Spring Tour. 
Here we feature two more gardens. 
 
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Formal Beauty in a Garden Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg
When they built their home in 1988, the homeowners wanted to create a garden like those they had visited and loved in Williamsburg, Virginia. Working with our local designer Bill Derringer, who had designed several gardens in Williamsburg, they planted a garden that was a peer to the formal beauty of historic colonial gardens in the Old South. Since then they have lovingly maintained and revised it as trees grew and shadows increased, always remaining true to its original spirit.
 

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The Perfect Marriage of a Stately Victorian Home and a New Garden
When the owners bought this historic property in 2011, they were fulfilling a long-held dream to own and restore one of Professorville's stately Victorians. With the help of garden designer Janell Denler Hobart of Denler Hobart Gardens LLC, the dream included a serene garden for the children to play in and fir the adults to host large parties and intimate gatherings.
 
 
 
(Photographs courtesy of Nadine Priestley Photography  ~  www.nadinepriestley.com )
 
Spring Tour Silent Auction
Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th
 
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Don't miss our Silent Auction at Gamble.  We have a great list of items available for bidding on at the Preview Party and on both days of Spring Tour. Need a professional pruning of your garden?  Gamble horticultural staff is ready.  Always wanted to visit Runnymede Sculpture Farm?  We can arrange it. Love to cook (and eat)?  Join us for a Paella Party at Gamble.  Or, how about an epicurian Indian experience with hands-on cooking?  These items and more are on our Silent Auction list.
 
 
 
Plant Sale at Spring Tour
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The Spring Tour plant sale is always a hit with home gardeners and this year 15 varieties of tomatoes are featured!  Some favorites are 'Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red', 'Mortgage Lifter', and 'SunSugar'.  We will also offer herbs, succulent container gardens, and a selection of plants featured in the gardens on tour. 
 
'Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red' was developed by Gary Ibsen to honor Mr. Eastwood's generosity to the Carmel-Monterey community. It is a wonderful, disease resistant tomato with intense, delicious tomato flavors, producing lots of 6-10 ounce, deep red, round fruits with a subtle point on its end.
 
 
 
Spring Tour Marketplace
 
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Spring Tour is not only about beautiful gardens.  It is also about having fun, enjoying time with friends and shopping in our Marketplace.  Along with Over the Garden Fence, you will fine 28 vendors in the house and around the grounds.  Many of the vendors are new to Spring Tour this year.
 
 
 
Gamble thanks all of our Business Sponsors
and Marketplace Vendors for their support
of Spring Tour.
´╗┐Please patronize and thank our business partners. 
 
 
Sip and Shop
to benefit Spring Tour
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Thank you J.McLaughlin!
 
The shop featuring ‘classic clothes with current relevance’ will donate 15% of their sales to Gamble Garden during Spring Tour.
 
Come to J.McLaughlin at Town & Country Village, Palo Alto on Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th for refreshments and light bites. Shop the latest spring fashions for men and women and support Gamble.

 
 
Upcoming Events
at Gamble Garden
 
Classes at Gamble
 
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Trees to Plant Now - Thursday, April 6, 1-3 pm
Have you ever struggled to decide what tree to plant and where to plant it? With Canopy, we will give an overview of ten of the best native and non-native trees for our area, their cultural requirements, growth patterns and placement.
 
Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday, April 9, Sign up and choose a time: 9:30am, 11am, or 12:30pm
A Festive Spring Tradition! Bring the Family.
 
Plant a Succulent Mini Garden - Saturday, April 22, 10 am - noon
It's Earth Day!  Celebrate at Gamble by creating an original, whimsical piece for your front steps or garden with succulents and a small, used appliance or other container. Bring your own one-gallon container or choose a repurposed container available at the class.
 
Growing Chrysanthemums in the Bay Area - Saturday, May 6, 10 am - noon
History, variety, selection, and horticultural tips - this class covers everything you need to know to grow great mums.
 
 
 
 
Friday Master Gardeners at Gamble
 
Friday is Master Gardener Day at Gamble.  Stop by the Gamble house or call with your garden question any Friday between 1 and 4 pm.  (650) 329-1356, extension 205
 
Lunch at Gamble followed by a 15-minute
docent-guided walk through the garden
 
Call the Gamble Garden office to make a lunch reservation (650) 329-1356 x201
 
April 12 - Diced Apricot Chicken Salad with Asparagus Spears and Strawberry Eton Pudding 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
 
We love having groups - large or small - at Gamble for lunch. This month, we are excited to welcome the Master Gardeners from Sacramento.  If you know of groups of up to 50 who are looking for a special venue to visit, please contact our Gamble Garden office (650) 329-1356 x201.