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March 2019

The first day of Spring is less than a week away. Soon Gamble Garden will be burgeoning with colorful blossoms, and the longer daylight hours mean more time to spend enjoying their beauty. The tulips in the Wisteria Garden are just coming into bloom, and this year’s color selection is sure to be a stunner. The Allee Garden is a sight to behold, with over one thousand Mt. Hood Daffodils in bloom. Our evergreen clematis, 'Apple Blossom', is beginning to creep up the gazebo frame, and our collection of heritage camellias provide pops of color everywhere you go. We've even added enhanced signage for these camellias so visitors can learn more about their origins and history.

Gamble Garden Bloom Alert

In bloom at Gamble, L-R:  Cymbidium orchid, Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom', Narcissus 'Mount Hood'

Photographing children at Gamble

photo by Nadine Priestley
photo by Travis Watts

Spring is a great time to take your kids to Gamble and show them the signs of life springing up all around them. It's also a great time to take photos of your kids as they experience the wonders of nature. Photographer Travis Watts likes to use movement and action to get great natural images from toddlers and young children. Fortunately, it's not difficult to get kids moving at Gamble -- they love running up and down Gamble's pathways, or flitting from flower to flower, just like a bumblebee, discovering new things all the time.

Wondering what kinds of outfits for kids and families work well for photo sessions? Travis has color guides on his website and a Pinterest page full of outfit ideas for the entire family!
View more of Travis' work online and on Instagram.

Classes and Events

See Gamble's complete list of classes and events online.
Tuesdays, March 19 & 26, April 2 & 9, 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.
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.

Why We Love Roses
Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Price: $25 Members / $35 Non-members
Everything's coming up roses at this educational and entertaining class with Patti Spezzaferro. You'll learn all about roses, including their history, their significance in art and literature, types, and forms. You'll even get to taste some gourmet rose products!

Gamble Garden Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 14, 2019
9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
Don your Easter bonnets and get ready for a most egg-straordinary experience! Join this festive tradition as Gamble Garden becomes a treasure of hidden Easter Eggs. Children will enjoy a supervised petting zoo with over 20 animals, delightful arts & crafts, treats, light refreshments, and a fun Easter Egg Hunt in our beautiful garden. And...take pictures with the Easter Bunny!
There will be three Easter Egg Hunts (each event lasting approximately one hour). Please register for a time that fits your schedule.

Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019

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

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.

Donate your Gently Used Treasures
to Over the Garden Fence

Start your spring cleaning and help out Gamble Garden! Over the Garden Fence is Gamble's much-anticipated sale of gently-used garden furniture, antiques, home decor, china, and linens – all at great prices.

If you have gently used treasures to donate, drop them off at the Gamble office Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm. Large items can be scheduled for drop-off or pick-up by emailing The deadline for donations is April 1, 2019.

Over the Garden Fence will be held at Gamble Garden on April 26, and 27, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

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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