Photo by Nadine Priestley          
February 2018   
Dear Donna
Gamble is abuzz with the kick-off for the 2018 Spring Tour. This year's theme is California Dreaming, expressed in five private gardens featuring places of tranquility, retreats to the exotic, and both sophisticated and whimsical spots for relaxing. These local gardens will be open on Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th. Tickets are available now.
Along with the tour, Gamble's garden staff has been busy growing specimen plants for the Plant Sale. Bid on over 60 items at the Silent Auction. Over The Garden Fence has a bounty of donated home and garden items for this always-spectacular sale.
Additional shopping pleasure will be available from select vendors set up throughout the house and grounds, with 20% of sales donated to Gamble. Boxed lunches will be from Charlie Ayer's acclaimed local Calafia Restaurant.
Over 300 volunteers and the Gamble staff produce Spring Tour, the largest fundraising event for Gamble. It is eagerly anticipated by the local community and draws attendance from throughout the Bay Area.
Please consider becoming an Individual Underwriter for Spring Tour.  Individual Underwriters, starting at the $250 level, are invited to the April 26th evening Preview Party, have first pick at Over The Garden Fence, and receive complimentary tickets to the tour. You can become an underwriter online by clicking below.
Member Benefit ~ Early Registration
Little Garden Explorers
A Series of Three Classes
for Kids and their Grownups
Wednesday, March 14, 21, and 28, 11am-noon
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Do you have a pre-schooler at home looking for a spring activity?  Join our series of three classes designed for ages 3-5. Classes include a song and story time; and each week we dig in for a hands-on garden activity and discovery: Worms and Composting, Animal Habitats and Plant Power.
Have a child in Kindergarten or Pre-School?  We will have a second series of three classes for ages 4-6 on May 9, 16 and 23 from 3-4pm. 
Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 25th at 9:30am, 11am, and 12:30pm
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This annual event for children, ages one to ten, is a favorite with our members and community and always sells out quickly. As a Gamble Garden member, you are invited to register now, before this is announced and open to the public, for one of the three Easter Egg Hunts. The member registration period is through Friday, February 9th.
Second Saturday Free Events
Lunar New Year
February 10, 9am-noon
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      Visit Gamble's acclaimed Camellia beds
      Learn Chinese characters
      Chinese paper folding and cutting
      Red packet craft
      New Year Story Telling
Children's Nature Hunt
February 10, 11-11:45am
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Many creatures visit Gamble Garden for food, nesting or resting. We’ll get our “nature eyes” working as we look for birds and pollinators, overturn rocks and logs, and discover the different ways the garden provides habitat for animals, both big and small.
Meet in front of the Carriage House. The nature hunt is ideal for kids up to 9-years-old and their grown-ups.
Carolands Tour for Gamble Members
Wednesday, March 28th, 1-3pm
Save the date for a members-only tour of Carolands.  Carolands Foundation opens its doors for small curator-led tours of this French chateau and gardens. Arranged especially for Gamble members, this is a unique opportunity to visit this designated California Historic Landmark and National Register of Historic Places. Our tour will focus on Carolands’ rich historical background and classical architecture. Both the “Upstairs and Downstairs” experiences of those who resided in one of the last of the Gilded Age mansions will be presented. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Carolands "Hillsborough's Downton Abbey".
This free event is for Gamble members.  Space is limited to twenty people. 

Do you have something to donate to the Over The Garden Fence sale? Our volunteers are sorting and processing everything from fine art, china, linens, and silver to garden ornaments and furniture.  If you have a donation, it can be dropped off at the Gamble office Monday - Friday between 9am and 2pm.  If you have a large number of items or large pieces, email Vicki Blayney to arrange a pick-up.
FEBRUARY in the Garden
with Richard
While more traditional plants like roses and hydrangeas may be resting, Gamble Garden in winter is full of subtle, native flowers and pleasing fragrances. Prime examples are the plants from Mediterranean climates, where winters are wet and summers are dry. Our California Native Garden is center stage for this display. The California lilacs, Ceanothus, are blooming in shades of blue that are very attractive to our native bees. The magenta spikes of hummingbird sage, Salvia spathacea, orange monkey flowers, and the dangling colored bells of fuchsia-flowering gooseberry, Ribes speciosum provide much needed winter nectar for those busy hummingbirds. 
There’s always a reason to visit Gamble Garden and experience the subtleties of the season. 
Gamble Garden Needs You
Spring Tour Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering is good for your body and your soul!  Join one of our volunteer crew for this years' Spring Tour and become a part of Gamble. 
Spring Tour April 27 & 28 - Join the fun and help with Gamble Garden's annual major fundraiser! Be a garden docent, lunch helper, or ticket taker.
Please contact Lena at

Upcoming Events
Second Saturday, February 10th, 9am-noon
Lunar New Year, Free, registration requested
Children's Nature Hunt,  Free, registration requested
Plant Sale, Dykes Medal Winner Tall Bearded Iris rhizomes
Planting For Privacy, Saturday March 3, 9:30-11:30am
Little Explorers, March 14, 21, and 28, 11am-noon
Garden Fresh Luncheon, Wednesday, March 14, noon-2pm. New menu for spring
Introduction to Floral Design, Friday March 23, 9:30am-12:30pm
Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday March 25th, 9:30am, or 11am, or 12:30pm
Member Tour of Carolands, Wednesday March 28th, 11am-3pm
Succulents - Propagation, Maintenance, and Care, Saturday March 31, 9:30-11:30am.
Save the Date: April 4th, 7pm, A Members exclusive lecture by Kate Emery Pogue on "Creating Paradise: A History of the English Garden".  Details in the March Newsletter.
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Address postal inquiries to:
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301-3640