Find out what's blooming at Gamble!
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October 2019

A new type of garden is coming to Gamble! We are installing a new Watershed Garden at the corner of Embarcadero Road and Waverley Street. The Watershed Garden aims to demonstrate the watershed approach to landscaping; a concept that believes every garden is part of a greater watershed and should rely on sustainable and resilient practices to preserve resources, support wildlife, and keep our oceans clean by eliminating stormwater run-off.

Renovation plans for the Watershed Garden include replacing current high-water use turf grass with turf alternatives, climate-appropriate plantings, and features such as curving pathways and a boulder water fountain. It is our hope that the new garden will entice passers-by to stop and experience the beauty of Gamble Garden, and inspire everyone to utilize water-thrifty plants in their own gardens.

What's In Bloom

Gamble Garden Bloom Alert

California native plants in bloom at Gamble, L-R: Monardella Villosa 'Russian River ', Mimulus bifidus 'Snow Angel', Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi 'San Bruno Mountain'

Photo Cropping Techniques

It's almost impossible to take a bad photo at Gamble; the gardens and house provide a variety of picture perfect subjects and backgrounds. But sometimes, after viewing the photos you've taken, you realize they aren't as perfect as you had envisioned. Fortunately, there are a multitude of techniques that photographers use to enhance their photos after the photos have been taken. The process of transforming photos from what was captured on camera is known as post-processing. Below, professional photographer Nadine Priestley shares an easy way to make your photos pop via cropping:

Have you ever wondered why your images may not appear as strong as you remember they were when you made them?  Sometimes, all you need is to properly crop the image.  Take a look at the images below.  They were taken as 4x6 images; later, I cropped them into squares.

Photos by Nadine Priestley
Notice how nicely they look together.  It's partly because the essence of the image is captured without distraction of other elements in the image.  They also look more united cropped together as squares.  One overlooked element is more subtle.  The lighting was very similar as they were taken within moments of one another, plus they each featured something with an orange hue.

What might you create using cropping & color as guides?

iPhone photography 201

Thursday, November 7, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

If you'd like to learn more about how to bring out the best from your photos, sign up for Gamble's iPhone Photography 201 class, taught by professional photographer Nadine Priestley. Nadine will share some of her favorite post-processing techniques that anyone can use to make their iPhone camera photos (or other smartphone photos) shine.
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Upcoming Classes and Events

See Gamble's complete list of classes and events online.

Autumn Floral Arranging
Saturday, October 26, 9:30am-12:00pm
Cost: $99 Members / $129 Non-members

Celebrate autumn in style with a floral arranging class from Gamble. Instructor Katherine Glazier will show students how to create that perfect spiral hand-tied bouquet and how to use it as a seasonal centerpiece. Take home a beautiful bouquet and some newfound floral arranging skills.

Forcing Spring Bulbs for the Holidays
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:30am - 11:00am
Cost: $25 Members / $35 Non-members

Join Gamble Garden Manager Ella Ancheta and learn a few tricks to getting gorgeous blooming bulbs for the holidays. You will leave with your own glass vase with bulbs. 
Saturday November 9, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost: Free

Gamble Garden welcomes you to spend a beautiful November morning with us!  Explore our unique three-acre garden on a guided garden tour for adults or nature hunt for families.  Enjoy hands-on activities and tours of Gamble House. This month’s theme is “Sensational Seeds!” Second Saturdays are free and open to all.

How to Help Save the Bees

Bees are essential to the human food supply, pollinating 70 out of the top 100 food crops worldwide. Bees are responsible for billions of dollars of crop production - but their population has been steadily declining for years. If it continues, the consequences for the economy and public health will be huge. At Gamble Garden's recent Monarch Festival, local beekeeper Elizabeth Newell shared ways to help bees thrive in your back yard:
  • Plant bee forage (sources of pollen and nectar for bees)
  • Avoid pesticide use
  • Provide shallow water for drinking, such as a shallow saucer or birdbath (empty the water once a week to prevent mosquito infestation)
  • Provide nesting habitats (hollow trees for European honeybees, old logs for carpenter bees, long ornamental grasses and old birdhouses for bumblebees, patches of dirt for digger bees)
Elizabeth also encouraged people to support their local beekeepers. Beekeepers are the link between bees and humans. They are passionate about protecting their bees, devoting a considerable amount of time and resources to bee conservation. Supporting local beekeepers is one of the best ways to help local bee populations thrive.
Additional resources

Gamble Garden Coat Drive


Start gathering your gently used winter coats, jackets, sweaters, and scarves. This November, Gamble is teaming up with One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing a free, warm coat to any person in need. 
Drop off clean, gently used coats of all types and sizes at the Gamble office from November 4-8, 9:00am-2:00pm, and at the Second Saturday tents on Saturday, November 9, 10:00am-11:30am. All coats collected will be distributed locally to children and adults in need. Learn more about One Warm Coat at
Gamble Garden website
The Gamble office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm
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Cover photo by Ana Picazo

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