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August 2019

Late summer is one of the hottest and driest times of year, and the thought of gardening in this sultry heat is enough to make any gardener wilt. Starting large-scale gardening or transplanting projects in this heat is not recommended, so save the grand plans for cooler weather and focus on a smaller list of chores:

  • Trim: Prune hedges and evergreens before they go dormant in November and December. Other plants to prune include fruit trees and hydrangeas. 
  • Water: Water is precious in arid California, so check your irrigation system to make sure you are using every last drop effectively.
  • Plant. Pull out tired, wilted annuals and replace them with perennials such as aster, chrysanthemum, lavatera, and salvias. Begin sowing seeds for cool-season crops, such as beets, turnips, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, peas, kale, collard, spinach, arugula, and lettuces.
  • Harvest: Pick summer veggies on a regular basis. Beans, squash, okra, and others grow tough and/or bitter if left on the plant too long. Also, pick summer annual blooms frequently; this encourages plants such as zinnia and cosmos to continue to produce blooms.

Gamble Garden Bloom Alert

In bloom at Gamble, L-R: dahlia, petunia, zinnia

Photographing Pets at Gamble Garden


The Dog Days of Summer are here, and National Dog Day is August 26th! Celebrate your furry friend by taking him or her to Gamble Garden and snapping a photo or two. Dogs can be unpredictable, so make it worth their while to stay still for the camera by bringing their favorite treat. Hold it next to your camera lens to get their attention, and snap away!  For more engaging photos, get down to their level and focus on their eyes and facial expressions. 

Please remember the following guidelines when bringing your pet to Gamble Garden:
  • Pets must be kept under control on a 6' or shorter leash.
  • Pets must stay on garden paths.
  • Pets are not allowed to use the garden as a bathroom.
  • Aggressive pets and excessive barking are not allowed.
In addition, please follow commonsense guidelines when taking your pet out in the summertime: keep your pet well hydrated, avoid the midday heat, and check surfaces such as asphalt or sand to make sure your pet's paws can handle it.

Joyful Living: Trending in House & Garden

Thursday October 10, 2019
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Celebrate Joyful Living at Gamble Garden! "Joyful Living: Trending in House & Garden", Gamble's inaugural fundraiser, brings together a panel of celebrated lifestyle mavens over a festive seasonal breakfast. Food writer Carolyn Jung, interior designer Melinda Mandell, and horticulturalist Janet Sluis will join Gamble Garden Director Richard Hayden to discuss trends in home, garden, tech, food, and health. View the panelist bios online and purchase your tickets to this exclusive event. Underwriting opportunities are also available.

Upcoming Classes and Events

See Gamble's complete list of classes and events online.
Saturday September 7, 9:30am - 11:00am
Cost: $25 Palo Alto residents / $35 Nonresidents

Learn how to create a habitat-friendly garden abuzz with life and color! Instructor and Gamble Garden Director Richard Hayden will lay out the simple steps to creating habitats in your garden where wildlife can find food, water, and a place to raise their young. Register via the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department.

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.

Gamble Garden Monarch Festival
Date: Saturday, October 12, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: Free

Join us at Gamble Garden for our first ever festival to celebrate monarch butterflies and pollinators!  Our October Second Saturday will be the home of this annual event, coinciding with the western monarch’s migration to the coast. Activities include hands-on arts and crafts, children's monarch parade, live monarch life cycle displays, educational talks and more.

The Gamble office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm
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Cover photo by Ana Picazo

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