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May 2019

Does your garden need a refresh, or even a reboot? Are you looking for ways to give your small garden a big impact? Want to keep abreast of the latest developments in sustainable gardening? Mark your calendars for Gamble's inaugural fundraiser breakfast. Garden Director Richard Hayden and celebrated lifestyle mavens will be covering these topics and more, in a lively panel discussion over breakfast. Focus on Joyful Living as you learn about the latest trends in home, garden, tech, food, and health. Tickets are now available for sale.

Joyful Living: Trending in House & Garden

Thursday, October 10
9:00am - 11:00am

What's In Bloom

Gamble Garden's iconic irises are in bloom! The iris was Miss Gamble's favorite flower and at one time she had 300 varieties in her garden. Gamble's historic iris collection, located in the cutting garden, features Dykes Medal winners from 1928-1969. Also at Gamble is the blue 'Elizabeth Gamble' iris, hybridized in 1994 by Miss Gamble's friend Lois O'Brien in her honor. 

In bloom at Gamble, L-R: Iris Germanica, Iris Germanica 'Blue Rhythm', Iris Germanica 'Wabash'

Photo tip: location, location, location

"Location, location, location" is an old adage in real estate and advertising. Turns out, it's true for photographers as well. While photographers can make magic anywhere, choosing the perfect spot — and knowing how to make the most of its creative possibilities— makes it that much easier to nail the perfect shot. Photographer Danya Chen recommends getting familiar with your chosen spot before shooting. For professional photographers, that means going on location before the client arrives. She says, "Find the prettiest spots with the best lighting. Bonus points if you have a sun tracking app!".

Photo by Danya Chen, Danya Chen Photography
View more of Danya' s work online, on Facebook, and on Instagram

Classes and Events

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

Watercolor Class: The Rose at Gamble Garden
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 9:30am - 2:30pm
Price: $65 Members / $75 Non-members
Back by popular demand–painter, author and illustrator, Maryjo Koch, will be teaching a step by step method to sketch and paint a rose in the beauty of Gamble Garden. Enjoy lecture, demonstration and color guides in order to take home your small painting of a lovely rose.
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26, 9:30am-12:30pm
Cost: $150 Member / $175 Non-member

Awaken and develop your inner writer as you learn to put your garden experiences to paper in words and sketches. In this four-class series, instructor Bonnie Gilkis will teach various writing and drawing techniques. Begin your own Writers in the Garden book amidst the natural beauty of Gamble Garden.
Saturday, June 8, 10:00am-11:30am

Garden Director Richard Hayden and volunteer Garden Guides lead young explorers on a nature hunt around our unique 3-acre garden. This June, our focus is on Gamble's fabulous flowers. Enjoy nature crafts, plant sales, and a tour of the ground floor of Gamble House. Second Saturdays are fun for all ages, rain or shine!
Wednesday, June 12, 11:00am-3:00pm

Shop till you drop at Gamble’s June Pop-Up Shop, featuring one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans. Stop by the Carriage House and browse through a selection of handmade jewelry, art, household items, textiles, decor, and more.
Thursday, October 10, 9:00am - 11:00am

Our new annual event is a breakfast featuring a lively panel discussion on emerging lifestyle trends with a focus on “Joyful Living”. Moderated by our Garden Director, Richard Hayden. 

Join Gamble Garden

Support Gamble and enjoy the gardens to the fullest by becoming a member. Membership benefits include:
  • Invitations to member-only events
  • Member pricing on Spring Tour tickets, luncheons, classes, and programs
  • Free entry to select gardens with the American Horticultural Society reciprocal program
  • Priority registration for our popular Gamble luncheons
  • Discounts at nursery partners
  • Monthly Member Newsletter with members-only content
As a member, you are also supporting a treasured community resource, a beautiful public property open to everyone and offering year-round activities - and a haven - for all ages.
The Gamble office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm
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Cover photo by Nadine Priestley

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