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May 2017
 
Dear
 
April showers bring May flowers and that is exactly what we had for Spring Tour last weekend!  Wasn't it fabulous?  The success of the 32nd annual Spring Tour comes from countless hours of over 300 remarkable, individual volunteers. Gamble Garden thanks everyone who volunteered and attended! We especially thank the homeowners who graciously opened their gardens for our 2017 Spring Tour and everyone who attended. 
 
Spring Tour is our major fundraising event of the year and fulfills an important commitment to our community - to maintain this property and to continue providing a resource for horticultural education, inspiration, and enjoyment for everyone. 
 
Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Reo Haynes and Mimi Meffert for  their dedication and enourmous contributions in making Over the Garden Fence a huge success for eleven years.
 
Now it is time to start planning for your summer and fall garden.  Gamble has many classes to help.
 
 
 
 
"Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun."
- Kahlil Gibran

 
Exclusive for Members Only
A Child's View: Monet in the Garden
Sunday June 11, 10 am - 11:30am
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Bring that special child in your life to Gamble for a morning of painting from nature inspired by the French Impressionist, Claude Monet.  We'll see examples of how Impressionists depicted flowers and gardens. then each child and accompanying adult will select a spot in the garden to sketch Gamble's flowers using kid-friendly watercolor pencils.  When we return to the tables, we will transform the sketches into beautiful watercolor paintings.
 
No experience is necessary and class materials will be provided. Wear an apron or t-shirt to protect clothing from paint stains. Children will be sitting on paths and should wear washable pants or shorts.  Sun hats and sunscreen are recommended.
 
 
Cost:  Member Adult, $15.  Child $15. 
 
 
Gamble Horticultural Reference Library
Non-circulating and open weekdays from 9am - 2pm
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Did you know that the Gamble Reference library is searchable? Here are a few of the new additions to our library.
 
Air Plants: the Curious World of Tillandsias by Zenaida Sengo.
This is possibly the only book written about these trendy, easy-care plants. Air plants don’t need soil, so you can dangle or perch them anywhere - in shells, rocks, driftwood, or a crystal sherbet container.
Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions by Arthur M. Shapiro and Timothy D. Manolis.
Filling a gap in the library’s collection, this butterfly book is the definitive resource for the beginning and experienced butterfly watcher by one of the nation’s best known professional lepidopterists.
 
The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 beautiful plants that everyone can grow by Tovah Martin. 
Hooray! The book jacket screams: “Hundreds of houseplants you can’t kill.” The key? Pick the right plants. Learn to pot, repot, water, fertilize these plants as well as tips on how to display the plants.
 
The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Perma-Culture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem
Take your gardening to the next level by learning the low-maintenance secrets of permaculture, that is, how to live in harmony with nature to create a bountiful and sustainable harvest.
 
Weeds of North America by Richard Dickman and France Royer.
This is a handy, easy-to-use guide with quick identifications, descriptions and color photos of the all-powerful weed at every stage of growth.  Recommended by the Gamble Garden staff.
 
 
 
Gamble Historical Footnote
May 13, 1985
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Thirty-two years ago, on May 13, 1985, the Palo Alto City Council voted in favor of adopting a plan to use Miss Gamble’s estate, her gift to the City, as a community garden center.  What had started as a “great gift that didn’t cost the city anything" had, by 1985 become a “War of the Roses" between the "Coalition to Save Miss Gamble's Garden" and the Palo Alto Housing Commission's plan to build 21 units of low-cost senior housing on the site.
 
The city staff recommended a “joint use” between gardening and low cost senior housing, which did not mollify either group. The city’s Planning Commission weighed in with a split: 3 votes for the Garden Center, 3 for housing. 
 
The evening of Monday, May 13th, 1985, saw Council chambers overflowing with garden advocates wearing Gamble Garden flowers in their lapels. The garden group presented the Council with a letter from Elizabeth Gamble’s sister-in-law, attesting that Elizabeth would have applauded their idea. Eventually, after debates and speeches dragged on into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Council voted 8-1 in favor of the garden group. The newly formed Gamble Garden Board of Directors was given two years to meet the conditions of the City property lease and move the project forward.
 
 
 
 
Lunch at Gamble
followed by a docent-guided walk through the garden
 
 
Join us in May or June
 
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.
 
If you would like a vegetarian option, now available at all luncheons, please advise the office when you make your reservations. 650-329-1356 x201
 
 
 
 
Photo: Carot Soup, chicken salad, and asparagus were served at our April luncheon

 
 
Upcoming Schedule of Events
at Gamble Garden
 
Growing Chyrsanthemums 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. You will love your mums this fall!  Learn More
 
A Childs View: Monet in the Garden - Sunday, June 11, 10 - 11:30
This is a Members Only exclusive event.  Learn More
 
New Ways to Arrange Roses - Wednesday, June 21, 9:30am - 11am
Reach beyond your garden, into the woodlands and along the roadsides to create flower arrangements for your home - a fresh approach that enlivens any setting.
 
Children's Photography and Online Exhibition - Saturday, June 24, 10-11:30am
Is your child a budding photographer? Cultivate their pasion for visual arts. We will showcase photos from each student on the Gamble website. Suitable for ages 7-12.
 
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.  329-1356, extension 205