Find out what's blooming at Gamble!
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July 2019

Summer is officially here. The sun is high, the days are longer and the warmer weather means that some of Gamble Garden’s plantings are finally reaching their prime. Around the Gazebo, the perennial beds are bursting forth with a profusion of blooms: hollyhocks, black-eyed Susan’s and airy grasses are making for a colorful and lush display. The herb garden is reaching its prime and the salvia bed is aglow with bright-blossomed sages and the hummingbirds that love them. The dahlias and the zinnias in the cutting garden are particularly wonderful this year, and have made for some beautiful arrangements and photo back drops. Warm evenings are the perfect time for a garden stroll, won’t you stop by and see Gamble Garden in her summer glory?

Gamble Garden Bloom Alert

In bloom at Gamble, L-R: Achillea millefolium 'Paprika', Hydrangea macrophylla 'Big Leaf Hydrangea', Trachelium caeruleum 'Blue throatwort'

Capturing Gamble Garden on your iPhone

Taken on an iPhone by Sarah Cornwell

Gamble Garden is a photographer's delight -- and thanks to modern technology, anyone can become an amateur photographer. Beautiful shots of Gamble Garden are as close as the iPhone in your pocket! All it takes is a basic knowledge of the iPhone's camera features and a bit of practice. 
For example, did you know that your iPhone camera's Burst Mode setting allows you to take 10 photos per second? Burst Mode is a great way to maximize your chances of getting the perfect shot. Use Burst Mode when you're taking photos of kids running or birds hopping through Gamble Garden. This is one setting you don't even have to turn on. Simply tap and hold your finger on the shutter button! Your iPhone will keep taking pictures until you release the shutter button. You'll have dozens of photos to choose from; simply delete the ones you don't like and save the ones you love.

Another great iPhone camera feature is Portrait Mode. Available on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, or one of the XS models, Portrait Mode lets you take close-up portraits of people or objects with a beautifully blurred background. Use Portrait Mode to capture your loved ones at Gamble with flowers in the background, or make a flower the star of your photo. To use Portrait Mode, just open your iPhone Camera and swipe to Portrait Mode. Make sure your subject is between two and eight feet from the camera. The software will help you frame your subject by displaying tips on your screen. Once you see a yellow banner on your screen with your current lighting effect (i.e. "Natural Light"), you're ready to take your shot.
If you'd like to learn more tools and techniques for taking great photos with your iPhone, register for Gamble's upcoming class, "iPhone Photography: Let's Learn More". Professional photographer Nadine Priestley will share some basic tips and tricks including framing, lighting, background choice, and more. You’ll also learn basic photo editing techniques using Apple editing tools right on your iPhone. This class is primarily geared towards iPhone users, but Android users will also benefit from taking the class. 
Thursday August 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $25 Member / $35 Non-member


Taken on an iPhone by Richard Hayden

Upcoming Classes and Events

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

August Second Saturday: Nature Hunt, Crafts & More
Date: Saturday, August 10, 10:00am - 11:30am
Cost: Free

Taste the bounty of Gamble Garden as we sample freshly picked summer fruits and veggies. Young explorers will enjoy a nature hunt around our unique 3-acre garden and nature crafts. Families will enjoy tours of the vegetable garden, plant sales, and a tour of the ground floor of Gamble House. Second Saturdays are fun for all ages, rain or shine!

Botanical Block Printing Workshop
Date: Saturday September 14, 9:30am - 11:30am
Cost: $40 Members / $50 Non-members

Be inspired by Gamble’s flora and learn the fundamentals of monotype block printmaking. Instructor Charles Woodruff Coates will lead a tour through the gardens, then show attendees how to draw simple botanical shapes from observation. Then, transform these drawings into stamps and create a series of unique paper images to keep.

Mexican Tin Art Workshop
Date: Thursday September 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: $40 Members / $50 Non-members

Enjoy an evening learning the craft of Mexican Tin Art. Also known as lamina, lata, or hojalata, tin art work is one of the most versatile expressions of Mexican folk art. Use the garden as your  inspiration and learn how to create a colorful tin hanging decoration for your home.
Thursday October 10, 9:00am - 11:00am
Cost: $125

Mark your calendars for Gamble's inaugural fundraiser breakfast. Join Garden Director Richard Hayden and celebrated lifestyle mavens 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.

Gamble Garden Docent Training

Are you interested in the history of the Gamble family, Gamble House and Gamble Gardens? Would you like to volunteer with Gamble Garden as a docent? This summer, the Docent Committee will be offering a new Docent Training Course for docent volunteers. The focus will be on history, development, and Gamble’s place in this community. People who complete the training will be giving tours inside the house and through the grounds, and staffing the open house on 2nd Saturdays. 

The Docent Training Course is open to Gamble members and non-members. It will take place in August 2019; class dates will be determined based on availability of interested parties. If you are interested (or know someone who would be interested), sign up by contacting Joan Urquhart at

Become a Gamble Family Member,
Get $100 off Camp Galileo

Become a Gamble Family Member today and you could receive a great discount at Camp Galileo! The first person to call and purchase a Gamble Family Membership will receive a $100 gift certificate good towards any Camp Galileo summer camp in 2019.

As a Family Member, you'll be supporting Gamble Garden, a treasured community resource and haven for all ages. You'll also receive benefits such as:
  • 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
Galileo Summer Camps are popular throughout the Bay Area for kids from pre-K through 8th grade. This is the perfect deal for parents still deciding on summer camps for their kids. Hurry, we only have one gift certificate to offer and it expires on September 1, 2019. Contact Gamble Office Manager Jackie Rindal at 650-329-1356 to reserve this discount ASAP.
The Gamble office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm
Please visit our website at

Cover photo by Nadine Priestley

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