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June 2020

June is a lovely time for a stroll around Gamble Garden. The rose garden continues its bounty of blooms, the perennial borders around the gazebo are reaching their peak and the leafy shade cast by our magnificent oaks makes a wonderful respite from the summer sun.  Stop by Gamble to feast your eyes on some of the most magnificent shades of lavender and purple, including salvias in the Watershed Garden, lavenders in the Pollinator Garden, and the smoke bush along the Embarcadero shrub border.

What's in Bloom

Left to Right: Romneya coulteri 'California tree poppy', Campsis radicans 'Trumpet vine', Salvia 'Allen Chickering'

View more June blooms on the Gamble Garden website.

Photography Tips
How to plan your wedding family photos

June is one of the most popular months for weddings, and one of the most popular wedding traditions is having the bride and groom pose for family photos. Your wedding is one of the most special and memorable moments of your life, and the best way to preserve those moments is by capturing them in photos of family and friends. But it's important to plan your photos ahead, because a great many things will be happening all at once.  You will quickly find what was thought to be easy and quick, actually becomes a headache trying to find Uncle Bob who meandered over to the bar area, or Cousin joe who saw a long lost friend and thought he'd only sneak away for a couple minutes.

To cut down on confusion, stress, and wasted time, photographer Dana Todd suggests limiting how many family groupings are taken at your wedding.  They provide wedding couples with a family formal list, suggesting only certain ones being the must haves, with additional groupings added if they want.  Here are a few more tips from Dana for time management:
  • Limit immediate family (mom, dad, siblings, grand parents) to 5-8 photos total for both sides planning for about 20 minutes total. 
  • Must have everyone in the family? Have either one large grouping of all sides together, or plan on an additional 6-8 minutes per large extended groups in your timeline so you aren't shocked when you realize how much time has been taken.  
  • Make sure that you and your photographer have a list to follow prepared beforehand.  Coming up with the list on the spot of 'what family photos you want' not only allows for parents and aunts to chime in on what photos they want to add, but allows for confusion and "where am I supposed to be" for any family members that are waiting.
  • Make a short list of most important photo groupings to take only to follow and make this part of the day smoothly.  Any groupings wanted after that time allows, great, if not, they can be grabbed during reception.

Around Town:
Virtual Summer Concert Series

Although Shelter-in-Place restrictions have been loosened, the COVID-19 virus is still at large and large gatherings are still prohibited. This means that everyone's favorite summer activity, the outdoor concert, will have to wait until 2021. Fortunately, many popular summer concert series have reinvented themselves in virtual form so we can still enjoy the music in our own homes. Here's a list of events that have gone online:
Stern Grove Festival
Stern Grove Festival's 83rd season has been cancelled; in its place is Best of the Fest, a a series of video playlists featuring past performances and footage from the Stern Grove archives. Every Sunday from June 14th through August 16th, host Liam Mayclem will spotlight different genres and feature many of the biggest names to ever play Stern Grove Festival, including Sheila E., George Clinton, The Doobie Brothers and more. View the complete schedule at

Golden Gate Park Anniversary Concert Series
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park's 150th anniversary celebrations have gone online! Instead of an anniversary concert series, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance will release past Golden Gate concerts each week. Artists include Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam, Comedy Day and more. See each week's headliner at 

Jazz on the Plazz

Jazz on the Plazz is now Jazz OFF the Plazz! The popular Los Gatos evening concert series will be live streaming performances on their Facebook Page every Wednesday from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, from June 3rd onwards. Relive the feel of an evening in an intimate nightclub with soulful singers and fast-paced instrumentalists such as Tony Lindsey, Brooke & Emil, and Svetlana. Links to the live stream can be found at


Kids' Corner
Fruit & Veggie I-Spy

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables: berries, sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, watermelon, all plump and juicy and oh-so-sweet. To celebrate summer's bounty, print out this I-Spy activity for your little ones. They'll love finding and coloring the fruits and veggies almost as much as they enjoy eating the real thing.
Click on this link or the photo below to download.
View and download the entire I-Spy series from Paper Trail Design 

Enjoy more fruit-themed activities:

Gamble Garden Plant Shop

As nurseries open up around the Bay Area and summer temperatures rise, the Gamble Plant Shop will be closing this week. Our final day will be Saturday June 13.  Stock up on your favorite plants before they run out! 

Order and pay online at before 5:00 pm on Friday June 12,  then pick up your plants at Gamble on Saturday June 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. You can also shop in person at Gamble Garden on Saturday June 13, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Store your tools, save your back, and help Gamble by purchasing a custom-made potting bench. Gamble Garden potting benches ($500 each) are custom-built by our Gamble Garden volunteers and feature a 51" x 25" workspace plus a lower shelf to store supplies. Order online and arrange for pickup or delivery.


We have over 100 varieties of edible and non-edible plants for sale online, including lettuce, basil, poppies, marigolds, and more.


Support Our Community

Many businesses have had to close due to California’s Shelter-In-Place orders, but we can help our community by patronizing locally owned business whenever we can. Until California's Shelter-In-Place order is lifted, we will feature businesses that would be grateful for your support.

Pizza My Heart

Pizza My Heart in downtown Palo Alto is now open for on-site, socially-distant, outdoor dining! This award-winning chain has long a teen favorite for their gigantic, budget-conscious, fully-loaded pizza-by-the-slice. Pizza My Heart has locations all around the Bay Area; call individual locations to inquire about on-site dining. All locations accept delivery or takeout orders via DoorDash or the Pizza My Heart website.

June Gardening Holidays

This week is National Garden Week, and gardening clubs around the country are introducing people to the joys of gardening and encouraging community pride in their local gardens. Celebrate the wonder of a garden by strolling through a local public garden like Gamble Garden or joining a gardening club such as the Palo Alto Garden Club.

Perennial Gardening Month - June
National Garden Week - June 7-13 , 2020
National Pollinator Week - June 22-28, 2020
June  6  - National Gardening Exercise Day
June 10 - Herbs & Spices Day
June 12 - Red Rose Day
June 13 - Weed Your Garden Day
June 16 - Fresh Veggies Day
June 17 - Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 27 - National Orange Blossom Day

Join Gamble Garden

Support Gamble Garden! Become a Member to help us continue to offer events like our free Second Saturdays and many more. 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 Gamble's online plant shop
  • 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.
Become a Member

Gamble Visitation Policies

To minimize the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and help “flatten the curve”, Gamble Garden has instituted the following policies:
  • The Gamble House, picnic area, benches, restrooms, and offices are temporarily closed.
  • The garden is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm to allow staff and volunteers to work safely. This closure is in effect until further notice.
  • Throughout the day, portions of the garden may temporarily close in order to allow our staff to work safely.
  • Any visitors to Gamble Garden are asked to follow social distancing guidelines (stay at least six feet apart) and wear masks.
  • All June classes and events have been cancelled. This includes luncheons, pop up shops, Second Saturday events. Stay tuned regarding Gamble events and classes scheduled for later in the year.
The latest updates on cancellations and closures can be found on the Gamble website at

COVID-19 Links

The Gamble office is temporarily closed due to California’s Shelter-In-Place order.
For the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit our website at

Image credits: Cover photo by Nadine Priestley, In Bloom photos by Ana Picazo, Photography Tips photo by Dana Todd, Around Town logos by Stern Grove, Golden Gate Park, Jazz on the Plazz,, Kids Corner photo by Paper Trail Design, Online Plant Sales photos by Sarah Cornwell, Support Our Community logo by Pizza My Heart, Gardening Holidays photo by Ana Picazo

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