May 2018   
Dear Donna
April showers bring May flowers and that is exactly what we had for Spring Tour last weekend!  Wasn't it fabulous? Thank you to everyone who enjoyed the tour, shopped at the Over the Garden Fence Sale and Plant Sale, and supported our Marketplace Vendors. Don't forget to mark your calendars for next year's Spring Tour dates: April 26 and 27, 2019.
Spring Tour is our major fundraising event of the year. An event of this magnitude requires an enormous amount of planning and work. Spring Tour could not have happened without the countless hours of over 300 remarkable volunteers. Thank you to everyone who volunteered! Special thanks goes out to the homeowners who graciously opened their gardens for our 2018 Spring Tour. In addition, our heartfelt appreciation goes to Nadine Priestly and Dee Gibson, Spring Tour chairs, for their dedication to making this event a huge success.
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Special thanks to our Spring Tour Major Sponsor for the
past eight years
Spring Tour may be over, but our Plant Sale continues. Plant sales will run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 9:00am-12:00pm while supplies last. 
Thank you to all of Our Marketplace Vendors! Their support has been vital to our fundraising efforts. If you would like to purchase more of their products, you can see the entire list of vendors on our web site.
Do you have any comments about this year's Spring Tour or suggestions for next year's Spring Tour? We'd love to hear from you! Please fill in our Spring Tour 2018 feedback form.
AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program
Article Image Gamble Garden has been admitted to the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program.  Gamble Members can now enjoy special admission privileges to over 300 garden nation-wide which are part of the RAP network. Bring your Gamble Membership card when you travel.
The non-profit American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, is one of the oldest member-based national gardening organizations in North America. The Society’s membership includes nearly 20,000 avid gardeners and horticultural professionals, and regional and national partner organizations.
Mother's Day is almost here! Every year, on the second Sunday in May, children of all ages show their love and appreciation for their mothers with bouquets featuring carnations, the traditional Mother's Day flower, or their favorite blooms. This year, Gamble Garden is offering two floral arrangement classes just in time for Mother's Day.
Whichever class you attend, choose your flowers with care! Every flower has a meaning, from lavender (“devotion”)  to peonies (“bashfulness”) to gardenias (“secret love”). Curious about what each flower represents? You can learn all about Secret Language of Flowers on the Gamble Garden website, where we’ve listed down some of Gamble Garden’s prettiest springtime blooms and their meanings.
Spring Flowering Nests for Mother's Day
Friday, May 11, 9:30am - 12:30pm
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On May 11, learn how to create a nest centerpiece with floral designer Katherine Glazier. Katherine is a flower arranger for Gamble Garden and she co-leads the floral design program at Filoli. In this class, students will learn how to weave branches, greens and mosses to create a nest, then fill it with springtime blooms. Mothers everywhere will be delighted with this beautiful floral arrangement!

Make a Tussie Mussie for Mother's Day
Saturday, May 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
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On May 12, learn how to create a Victorian Tussie Mussie bouquet. A tussie mussie is a small bouquet made of flowers, herbs, and greens, wrapped with a doily and tied with a ribbon. Tussie Mussies have been around since the middle ages, but gained popularity in the Victorian era as a way of conveying secret messages in a society known for its strict social protocols. Each flower in a tussie mussie conveys a specific meaning, so it's the perfect way to tell mom how much you love her.
Intro to Photography for Elementary & Middle School Students
Saturday, May 19, 10:00am-11:30am
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In today's smartphone and selfie-obsessed world, kids are taking photos like never before. But photography can be so much more than a Snapchat pic that fades away in 24 hours. For many children, photography can be a way to express creativity and see the world in a whole new way. Sign your budding photographer up for Gamble's intro to photography class with photographer Anna Allport. They'll learn basic compositional techniques as they photograph Gamble's flowers and plants.
Paella Party
Friday, June 1, 6:00pm-9:00pm
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Paella is not just one of Spain's most iconic dishes, it's also the perfect party food. Traditional Spanish ingredients -- fluffy rice, saffron, meat, beans, and more -- simmer together in an open pan (the paellera) as friends gather round for food, wine, and conversation. At this Paella Party, you'll enjoy olives, sangria, Paella Valenciana, and more, all expertly prepared by caterers Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme.
Introduction to the Ancient Art of Ikebana w/ Katsuko Thielke
Saturday, June 9, 10:00am-11:30am 
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Ikebana, or "living flowers", is the Japanese art of floral arrangement. Also known as Kadō or "way of flowers", ikebana is more than just a decorative art. It is also a spiritual process that helps one develop a closeness with nature. In this class, you'll learn the basic elements of ikebana with instructor Katsuko Thielke. Katsuko is an acclaimed ikebana artist and instructor with the rank of Soomu, or 1st grade, in Sogetsu Ikebana.
Lifelong learners, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! The Education Committee is looking for helpers to staff our classes and educational events. Class helpers assist the instructor in a variety of ways. Tasks include signing people in, distributing class materials, writing out name tags, serving coffee and refreshments, clean-up, etc.. It’s an easy, educational way to help out Gamble Garden. As an added bonus, you get to attend the class for free and take home information handouts, if there are enough, (flower arrangements and such not included)! Sign up to help at one class or many! Check out our schedule of upcoming classes to see which ones fit your schedule, and email
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 Did you attend this year's Spring Tour? Are you interested in volunteering? We're already recruiting for next year! Garden docents, lunch helpers, and ticket takers are needed.
We have many other committees looking for volunteers. Please email for a list of open volunteer opportunities. Our fabulous volunteer crew is vital to Gamble Garden's success; we couldn't do it without you.
Join the Blue Trees Project
Each spring, you can count on the trees at Palo Alto’s King Plaza to showcase a gorgeous array of greens, pinks, and whites. This year the Bradford flowering pears, Sweet Gums, and Southern Magnolias will be sporting another hue: blue. Starting May 14, environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will be painting the King Plaza trees blue to inspire people to go green. His Blue Trees art installation has traveled to dozens of cities around the world since 2005, highlighting the issue of global deforestation. The artist enlists the help of the community to cover the tree trunks in an eerie cobalt blue, using a water-based, non-toxic pigment that gradually fades with time.
The best part about this art installation? You can help make it happen! Konstantin Dimopoulos and Palo Alto Public Art are looking for volunteers to paint the King Plaza Trees blue. Sign up for one of two 3-hours shifts from May 14-18. If you are interested, email or call (650) 329-2227
Composting Basics
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Have you ever wondered what to do with all your kitchen or garden waste? Why not get started with composting? Composting is easier to do than you think. It’s a great way to enrich the soil in your garden, and it’s a great way to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfill.
Last month, Gamble Garden hosted a composting workshop in conjunction with Greenwaste of Palo Alto and Santa Clara County’s Composting Education Program. Participants learned how to get started with composting and received free bags of OMRI certified organic compost. If you are curious about composting but missed the workshop, you can download the workshop handout here. You can also learn about the basics of composting on the Gamble Garden website.
Remembering Barbara Christiani
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara Christiani, longtime Gamble Garden member and volunteer. Barbara was one of the pioneers of Roots & Shoots, Gamble’s intergenerational gardening program that pairs Gamble volunteers with third grade students from Walter Hays Elementary. Barbara co-chaired the program for many years, and it was Barbara who put together the Roots & Shoots cookbook which each third grader receives on their last day at Gamble Garden. Barbara also served on the Gamble Garden Board of Directors for a number of years.
Jane Farish, co-chair of the Roots & Shoots Committee, remembers Barbara as a consummate organizer and volunteer whose love for science and children found the perfect place to flourish in Roots & Shoots. “Barbara was one-of-a-kind, such a delight to work with - fun and bright and full of ideas,” says Jane. “I admired her passion, whether showing children how to study ladybug larvae under a microscope or creating a treasure hunt for children for Community Day”.
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Need a present for a birthday, shower, or other gathering? Gamble Garden gift items make the perfect present for any occasion. This Second Saturday, May 12th, come to Gamble House Alcove and pick up a gift item for your favorite hostess, reacher, friend, or mom. 100% of proceeds go to Gamble Garden. Items for sale include:
The book ‘Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism',
Quotation Note Cards
Ceramic Vases 
Registration is required for all classes and events
May Garden Fresh Luncheon, Wednesday, May 9, 12:00pm-2:00pm including a garden tour
Little Garden Explorers, Wednesday May 9, 16th and 23rd, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Spring Flowering Nests for Mother's Day, Friday May 11, 9:30am-12:30pm
Make a Tussie Mussie, Saturday, May 12, 10:00am-11:00am, Free
Children's Nature Hunt, Saturday, May 12, 11:00am-11:30am, Free
Intro to Photography for ages 7-12, Saturday May 19, 10:00am-11:30am
Members Only Private Garden Tour, Wednesday May 23, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Paella Party, Friday, June 1, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Intro to Ikebana, Saturday June 9, 10:30am-11:30am
Fun for Families: Monet in the Garden, Sunday June 10, 1:30pm-3:00pm
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Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
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