Find out what's blooming at Gamble!
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February 2019

Moisture-rich atmospheric rivers are drenching the Bay Area, and the flowers at Gamble couldn't be happier. Daffodils are beginning to push out of the soil, magnolia trees are bursting into flower, and our famous camellias are reaching full splendor. Gamble has over 50 distinct camellia cultivars or species, including Camellia japonica ‘Kumasaka’, one of the oldest camellias in continuous culture. In fact, Gamble Garden is listed on the American Camellia Society's American Camellia Trail.

If you'd like to learn more about the Gamble camellias, come to Gamble Garden on March 13, 10:00am - 11:30am for our free March Second Saturday event. Garden docents will be pointing out our camellias as they lead visitors on garden tours, and the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will be educating visitors on camellia culture and care. 

Gamble Garden Bloom Alert

In bloom at Gamble, L-R: Camellia japonica ‘Harriet Beecher Sheather', Purple Vine Lilac 'Hardenbergia violacea', Star Magnolia 'Magnolia stellata'

Photography tips at Gamble
Couples, Engagement, and Wedding Photographs

photo by Nadine Priestley
photo by Nadine Priestley

Love is in the air, and Gamble's romantic atmosphere provides the perfect setting for young lovers to walk hand in hand, pop the question, or celebrate their love in a photograph. Just in time for Valentine's Day, professional portrait photographer Nadine Priestley has some tips for taking photographs that truly capture a couple's feelings for one another:
1. Provide opportunities for the couple to forget they are being photographed.  Most of us are not used to being in front of a camera. For example, I invited the couple in the photo above to put their arms around each other.

2. Lighting matters.  The warmth of putting this couple at an angle where the sun is able to kiss their hair and gently outline the man's shoulder and arm, adds to the romantic feeling created.

3. Relax and let things unfold.  Oftentimes, less is more.  Fewer directions.  Fewer expectations.  Be open to really seeing what is created and have your camera ready! 

You'll know you were successful when you make images that evoke emotion... and, most importantly, when the couple feels they have really enjoyed the experience of being photographed!  
View more of Nadine's work online.

Classes and Events

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

Container Gardening for Big and Small Spaces
Saturday, February 23, 9:30am-11:30am
Cost: $25 Palo Alto resident/ $35 Non-resident

Gamble Garden Director Richard Hayden demonstrates how to create containers with a variety of plants. Each participant will plant their own container herb garden to take home. Register with the Palo Alto Recreation Department via the Enjoy Catalog.

Create a Magical Fairy Garden
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
Price: $45 Members / $55 Non-members
Join instructor Annie Carl and create your very own Fairy Garden. A kit will be provided for you at the class with everything you need: clay bowl or saucer, soil, sand, decorative rock, Fairy House, Fairy, and plants. Registration is for one adult-child pair.
Thursday, March 21, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $40 Member / $50 Non-member

Create unique botanical prints with inspiration from Gamble's flora! Instructor Charles Woodruff Coates will lead a tour of the gardens, teaching students how to draw from observations, transform their drawings into stamps, and create prints.

March's Garden Fresh Luncheon

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Join Gamble at March's Garden Fresh Luncheon, featuring fresh ingredients prepared by Gamble volunteers. Many ingredients are grown in our garden. After lunch, enjoy a docent-led tour of the garden.
Before or after your meal, drop by the Carriage House for our March Lunchtime Pop-Up Shop. Browse a selection of unique items from local artisans including jewelry, accessories, home goods, and more.

Reservations available for groups of up to 12 people. Single diners are invited to be seated at our "Friends Table" to be seated with other diners. Please call 650-329-1356 for reservations.

Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019

Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gamble Garden's biggest event of the year is almost here! The 34th Spring Tour will bloom with events to celebrate the season, including a silent auction, shopping opportunities, refreshments, and a private tour of five gardens. Ranging from tranquil retreats to exotic oases of splendor, each garden will inspire visitors with their unique takes on this year's theme, "Enter the Garden".

Tickets to Gamble's Spring Tour are now on sale. Purchase tour tickets online or complete and mail in the Spring Tour Advance Ticket Order Form

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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