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Forsythia in bloom at Gamble  
  Photo by Doug Kalish          
 
January 2018   
 
Dear Donna
 
In the Eastern and Midwestern United States, Forsythia is often the very first bush to bloom in the early spring, even before the daffodils and tulips have opened. The vibrant yellow flowers are a welcome sight, contrasting with the melting gray snow. We are fortunate in California, where moderate temperatures are perfect for a January bloom of this spring-like flower. Take a winter walk at Gamble and see Forsythia already in full bloom.
 
A New Year often brings resolutions and here are a few ideas for connecting with Gamble in 2018.
  • Learn about a new plant.  Ask our garden volunteers, master gardeners, or consult Gamble's library for more infomation.
  • Sign-up for a class and get a new idea for your garden.
  • Take regular walks through Gamble, focus on a new section and sit on a different bench to appreciate a new view.
  • Attend a members exclusive new event or program.
  • Upgrade your membership in support of Gamble and receive new, added benefits and encourage a friend to become a new member.
A Very Happy New Year to all of our members!
 
 
 
  FUN FOR FAMILIES 
 
CHILDREN'S NATURE HUNT
Every Second Saturday
This month, January 13th, at 11am
Free Event!
 
       
 
Many creatures visit Gamble Garden for food, nesting or resting. Join Garden Director Richard Hayden and the Gamble horticulture staff as we explore the many animals and plants that can be found throughout the garden. We’ll get our "nature eyes" working as we explore, look for birds and pollinators, overturn rocks and logs, and discover the many different ways the garden provides habitat for animals, both big and small.  
 
Bring binoculars and a magnifier if you have them!
 
 COMING UP
 
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GAMBLE GARDEN HAS A TREE ANGEL

Our towering oaks, redwoods, magnolias and other trees are among Gamble Garden’s greatest treasures. In 2017, we sadly said goodbye to two large California Oaks, one that fell during a winter storm and the other, a victim of drought. The heavy rains last winter could not reverse the damage caused by years of sustained drought.
 
We are deeply grateful for a Gamble Garden member whose generous annual donation is directed to professional tree trimming by a certified arborist. In addition to removing dead and diseased wood, the trees are shaped to fit in with their neighbors, thinned to provide light to understory plants, and pruned to maintain a strong structure and promote healthy growth for years to come. Gamble contracts this maintenance with West Coast Tree Care and Chris Hall is our arborist.
 
The Gamble property is two-and-a-half acres and, as in all gardens, the need to renew different areas is ongoing.  For example, a few years ago, the Cherry Allee was replanted, thanks to donations from a group of Gamble Angels. Currently, we have an Angel Opportunity to purchase and install new, beautiful, limestone urns in the wisteria garden at a cost of $3500. If you would like to direct a donation to this project, email Sarah or Richard or call the office at 650.329.1356.
 
 
MEMBERS EXCLUSIVE EVENT
Meet and Greet our Garden Director, Richard Hayden
Thursday, January 18th, 5-6:30pm
 
Please join Gamble Board members in welcoming our new Garden Director, Richard Hayden.  Members and their guests are invited to a wine and cheese reception and short discussion about changes we'll see in garden in 2018.
 
 
 
 
January in the Garden
with Richard
 
Winter in the garden is a time of preparation, pruning, planting, planning, and, enjoying the many winter blooms. There are plenty of flowers at Gamble to enjoy now. The camellias are in full bloom, with the Daphne odora and Hellebore just beginning. Over 2000 tulip and daffodil bulbs were planted this fall in the Wisteria and Allee gardens which should be a spectacular display soon.
 
At Gamble we are pruning roses, trees and other deciduous shrubs and vines to prepare for spring growth and good flower and fruit production. Now is the time to prepare beds with a 1/2” of  fresh, biologically-active compost so that (hopefully) the winter rains can soak in the nutrients and feed the soil;  in the woodland garden we let the fallen leaves do this for us. We are planting perennials to spruce up the native and perennial demonstration beds.  And we’re planning some new garden spaces, looking to create sustainably-oriented gardens that can demonstrate ways to save water, provide habitat for pollinators and engage visitors of all ages. 
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Do you love the idea of harvesting your own fruit but aren’t sure how to grow healthy, productive fruit trees? Register for the Gamble class Small Fruit Trees for the Home Garden on Saturday January 20th for techniques on selecting, planting, and maintaining smaller-sized, easy-harvest trees in your garden. February is the ideal time to plant your own bare-root trees.
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Events
 
 
Second Saturday, January 13th, 9am - noon.
Garden Posturing Workshop, 10-11:30am. Free, registration requested.
Children's Nature Hunt, 11-11:30am. Free, registration requested.
 
Member Wine and Cheese with Richard, Thursday January 18th, 5-6:30pm.  Members may bring a non-member guest.
 
Small Fruit Trees for the Home Garden, Saturday January 20th, 10-11:30am.
 
Lush Landscapes with Little Water, Saturday February 3rd, 9:30-11:30am
 
Second Saturday, February 10th, 9am-noon.
Asian New Year.  Free, registration requested.
 
 
 
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Address postal inquiries to:
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301-3640