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´╗┐´╗┐Photo by Sarah Cornwell             
 
 March 2018   
 
 
Dear Donna
 
The spectacular display of tulips in the Wisteria garden is thanks to our garden volunteers. Currently in bloom are two varieties, planted in late December. Tulipa ‘Apricot Pride’ is a lovely combination of ivory, peach and rose; Tulipa ‘Apricot Impression’ is in shades of tangerine and persimmon. 
 
Like many of you, we are on the lookout for swelling buds on our Wisteria vines, a sure sign that spring is upon us. Our volunteers and donors continue to make Gamble a treasured spot for family activities, horticultural education, and garden pleasures for all.
 
 
The first day I set foot at 1431 Waverley Street, entering through an old rusty woven wire gate more than thirty years ago ... It was love at first sight. I stumbled onto overgrown pea gravel paths leading towards the house and discovered the bones of Elizabeth Gamble’s garden... Today the garden is paying back, offering beauty as inspiration and endless opportunities for people of all ages. This is a story about stewardship, investing in nature, and taking big risks.
— Lucy Tolmach, Former Director of Horticulture at Filoli
 from Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism, by Susan Woodman
 
 
all Spring Tour Photos by Nadine Priestley
 
2018 SPRING TOUR
April 27th and 28th
 
Planning and preparations for the 2018 Gamble Garden Spring Tour, California Dreaming, are well underway. It’s time to purchase your tickets for the tour and your boxed lunch. Don't miss the opportunity to visit these five beautiful gardens showcasing a variety of designs.
 
 
 
The Gardens This Year
 
A Serene Sanctuary Brimming with Flowers
Flowers bloom year-round in a haven for reading, repose, and conversation.

Subtle Harmonies in a Garden with Roots in History
A golden warmth characterizes a contemporary garden influenced by Spanish Colonial style.
 
Moonlight in the Garden
A mesmerizing fountain is a focal point in a formal garden, where water-wise design and crisp lines enhance outdoor living.
 
An Artful Garden Offers a Feast for the Senses
Three generations gather in a well-loved garden with art and inspired plantings.
 
Paradise for the Playful
Fragrance and room for play are hallmarks of a garden designed for family living.
 

 
  FUN FOR FAMILIES 
 
Second Saturday Events
March 10th, 9:00am - noon
 
 
Our Second Saturday program continues each month. Bring your family on March 10th for the Children's Nature Hunt and a special Flower Arranging class for adults.
 
 
                          
              for Fabulous Foliage Arrangements                for Children's Nature Hunt
 
A Member Program
 
 
Creating Paradise: A History of the English Garden
 Wednesday, April 4th, 7:00pm
 
Join us for this member event, a lecture and slide show in the Gamble Carriage House presented by Shakespearean scholar, Kate Emery Pogue. Kate will share her love for Elizabethan gardens and the Bard. A frequent lecturer, Kate is a playwright, librettist and stage director living in Houston, Texas. In a recent project, Kate has been directing Julius Caesar using the original pronunciation, a production she took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Kate's publications include Shakespeare’s Friends, Shakespeare’s Family, Shakespeare’s Education and Shakespeare’s Figures of Speech.
 
This program is free for members and limited to 30 people.
Members may bring a guest. Registration is reguired.
 
INTRODUCTION TO FLORAL DESIGN
Friday March 23rd, 9:30am-12:30pm
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Enjoy a morning at Gamble Garden in this informative and fun class taught by Katherine Glazier. Katherine is a flower arranger for Gamble Garden and she co-leads the floral design program at Filoli. Learn how to purchase, condition and arrange  seasonal flowers through demonstrations and hands-on learning. You will leave class with a bountiful arrangement and new floral arranging skills.
 
SUCCULENTS - PROPAGATION, MAINTENANCE, AND CARE
Saturday March 31st, 9:30am-11:00am
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Learn what it takes to keep these water-wise plants happy and healthy. Linda Roark, designer of Gamble’s beautiful succulent container gardens, will talk about planting and caring for succulents and how to divide and propagate ones that are overgrown. Gamble will provide cuttings and a terracotta pot and soil for your own beautiful container garden. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.
 
Please bring your overgrown succulents to divide and share; and exchange cuttings with others.
 
GARDEN FRESH LUNCHEONS AT GAMBLE
April 11, May 9, and June 13, noon - 2:00pm
 
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     Carrot Bisque
     Thai Noodles
     Coconut Cake with Lemon Custard Filling
     Sweet BBQ Chicken
     Tomato Avocado Aspic
     Bowl of Fresh Fruit with Mexican Chocolate Brownie
     Herb & Cheese Quiche
     Broccoli Slaw
     Cheesecake with Plum Compote
 
Call the office at (650) 329-1356 for reservations.
 
 
MARCH in the Garden
with Richard
 
March means that spring is officially on the horizon, but here at Gamble Garden the month of March means more than the vernal equinox. It means that the long-awaited Gamble Garden Spring Tour is just around the corner!  And that means time to pinch and plant and prune and prep our garden for the big show to come. Garden staff - with ample help from our intrepid volunteer squad, the ‘Dirty Knees’ - have been finishing up our fruit tree and wisteria pruning, spraying roses and fruit trees with dormant oil and copper to control fungal diseases, spreading organic fertilizers on the garden beds to let the rain soak in the nutrients, grooming camellias and other flowering shrubs, and most importantly marveling at the riotous display of color now appearing in the cutting garden (thanks Paul!). We’re adding a few more well placed containers to spruce up our historic garden areas, cleaning and renovating fountains, and of course always thankful for these recent rains. We will be ready for our ‘close-up’ come Spring Tour 2018. Have you purchased your tickets yet?
 

Upcoming Events
 
Registration is required for all classes and events
 
Second Saturday, March 10th, 9am-noon.
Fabulous Foliage Arrangements, 10:00-11:45am, Free
Children's Nature Hunt, 11:00-11:30am, Free
 
Wednesdays March 14, 21, and 28, 3:00-4:00pm. This class is for ages 3-6
 
Introduction to Floral Design, Friday March 23, 9:30am-12:30pm
 
Gamble Garden Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday March 25, 9:30am ~ 11:00am ~ 12:30pm
 
Carolands Members Only Tour, Wednesday March 28, noon-5:00pm    FULL
 
Succulents - Propogation, Maintenance and Care, Saturday March 31, 9:30am-11:00am
 
 
Garden Fresh Luncheon at Gamble, April 11, noon-2:00pm
 
 
 
 
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Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301-3640