Find out what's blooming at Gamble!
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November 2019

Fall has arrived at Gamble Garden, and change is everywhere. The leaves on our Red Oak, Japanese Maples, and other deciduous trees are turning gorgeous shades of red, brown, and gold. Our cutting garden is filled with delicate pink, golden yellow, and deep red chrysanthemums, the "official" flower of fall. Our Roots & Shoots gardens have been harvested and are settling down for a winter nap.

Change of the man-made sort is also underway. Work on our new Watershed Garden is progressing nicely. Old sod has been removed and new soil has been prepped, irrigation has been installed, pathways have been laid out, and a boulder fountain has been plumbed in. In the upcoming weeks, we'll be installing plants and adding more decorative rock and gravel. We invite you to visit Gamble to see how the gardens are changing with the season! 

What's In Bloom

Gamble Garden Bloom Alert

In bloom at Gamble, November 2019: Chrysanthemums from the Cutting Garden

Creating & Using Albums on your Phone

How many photos are on your phone right now? If you're like most people, you've probably allowed hundreds if not thousands of photos to build up in your phone. If you're looking for a particular photo, finding it can be like finding a needle in a haystack!  Below, professional photographer Nadine Priestley shares an easy way to organize, store, and find photos:
File this one under "Succulents!" Photo by Nadine Priestley

Are you using albums on your phone to organize pictures?  I wasn't either until a year ago.   After all, I could find images by simply searching for the date or place in which I remember making the photos.  Now, I've created several albums on my phone, and you may decide to do this, too.

We often take several images, but how often do we review them and mark only our favorites? By simply clicking the heart icon on your iPhone (or star icon on Android) on the images you like best, you will instantly create an album which includes only your "favorite" photos.  Having a folder designated solely for favorites makes retrieval of images quick to view and share at a moment's notice!  Editing by simply opting in only to those images which you really like is an easy way to improve your photography.  Before digital, I used to do this by throwing out prints which did not meet my standards.  Now, I opt in to favorites!

You may also create your own custom albums by creating your own titles. For example, I created an album called  "Recipes", so If I'm at the store, and notice skirt steak is on special, I can quickly pull up my marinade recipe to review what ingredients I may need to purchase while there.  "Gardens" is another album category I use often.  I'm always inspired by certain plants, designs or other creative touches in a garden.  It's much easier for me to review them all in one album than trying to find them in my sea of phone images.  Ideas for albums include  "Grandkids", "Family", "Calendar", "Best of 2019", "Wardrobe Ideas", "Kitchen Ideas", "Holiday Inspiration", etc.  Have fun using this easy editing & retrieval technique!

Upcoming Classes and Events

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

Holiday Wreath Making
Saturday December 7, 9:30am -12:00pm
Cost: $109 Member / $139 Non-member

Welcome the holiday season in style with a wreath making class at Gamble Garden.  Instructor Katherine Glazier will guide you on how to create a very fragrant and bountiful wreath that can be used as a festive accent for your front door or as holiday table decor. All material provided including seasonal embellishments such as ribbons, cones and more!

December Second Saturday: Nature Hunt, Crafts, & More
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00am - 11:30am
Cost: Free

Enjoy holiday excitement at Gamble Garden. Explore our unique three-acre garden on a guided garden tour for adults or nature hunt for families. Get into the spirit of the holidays with hands-on activities at our nature table and holiday music from the Schola Cantorum choir. 

Children's Holiday Event

Get ready to play some reindeer games and shout with glee because Rudolf is coming to Gamble! Treat the whole family to a fun-filled morning at Gamble’s annual Children’s Holiday Party with activities that will have everyone brimming with holiday cheer. Activities include:
Reindeer-themed crafts
Festive refreshments
Holiday treats
Meet Rudolf and Santa
Story time with Santa
Write a letter to Santa
Photos with Santa

Each child will receive a special holiday present from Santa to take home. Don’t miss this great party! Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today.
Sunday, December 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Advance tickets: 30 Member / $40 Non-member
Day of event tickets: $45 per person

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The Annual Greens Sale & Holiday Shop

*One Day Only!*

Deck the halls with Gamble Garden this holiday season!  Come to Gamble on December 14 to find everything you need to deck your halls, trim your tree, and stuff your stockings. The annual Holiday Greens Sale is one of Gamble Garden’s greatest traditions, so bring the family and join us, rain or shine.

Annual Greens Sale
Saturday December 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gamble Garden Carriage House

Deck your halls with fresh evergreens, berries, holly, swags, wreaths, pinecones of all sizes, potted plants, and bulbs for holiday blooming. 


Holiday Shop
Saturday December 14, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gamble Garden Carriage House

Shop for handcrafted gifts and garden-related items from Gamble retail volunteers Susan Benton and Susan Woodman. Gifts for family, friends, and for you include lavender sachets, sparkling custom necklaces, key chains, Carmen’s fresh floral arrangements in beautiful containers, specialty garden tools, jams, herb mix, linens and cards from England, and unique holiday décor ~ perfect for the holidays, for hosts, and year-round occasions. One-hundred-percent of proceeds from The Holiday Shop benefit Gamble Garden.

Custom Holiday Centerpieces & Arrangements
Saturday December 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gamble Garden Tea House

Let Gamble’s expert floral arrangers design a holiday centerpiece for your home. Custom arrangements will be assembled in either a container you provide or one you purchase the day of the sale. Drop off your container in the Main House between Monday, December 9, and Friday, December 13, 9:00am - 11:00am, pick up on Saturday, December 14, 9:00am - 12:00pm. A limited number of pre-made centerpieces will also be available to purchase on the day itself.  Arrangements start at $30.
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November Gardening Tips

from the Garden Club of Palo Alto

November is here - the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder and wetter. As autumn turns to winter, here are three suggestions from the Garden Club of Palo Alto for what to do in your garden:
Prepare for Winter
Now is the time to get ready for winter. Keep an eye out for dryness around your trees  Mulch, mulch, mulch! Wet the ground; apply a new layer of mulch to hold in moisture, reduce evaporation, slow weed growth, and entice earthworms. For acid-loving plants, pine needles or peat moss will be the best mulch.
Succulent Maintenance
November is a good time to perk up succulents by pruning and then using the cuttings to start new plants. Cut a rosette from a plant, set it aside for a few days to let the cut end dry, then start new plants using a succulent mix.
Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays
Try forcing paper whites. Crowd the bulbs together, pointed end up, on a bed of pea gravel in a shallow glass dish, 3-4 inches deep. Add another layer of gravel to fill in any gaps and cover the bulbs up to their shoulders. Add water so that the level just reaches the base of the bulbs. Allowing the bottom of the bulb to sit in water will stimulate growth, but covering the entire bulb with water could cause it to rot. Store the container in low light and keep the bulbs cool, at about 65 degrees F. Check the bulbs daily to see if they need more water. When you see roots developing, move the container to a bright window. Do not let them get too warm or they’ll grow leggy. Once the plants flower, they will last longer if moved out of direct sunlight. If they start drooping, give them a little nip: replace the water with 14 parts water to one part rubbing alcohol!! Use the alcohol solution for future watering.
Many thanks to Vicki Sullivan and the Garden Club of Palo Alto for sharing these tips!

Gamble Garden Holiday Marketplace


Make the holidays glitter at Gamble! We've invited some of our favorite local artisans from our monthly Pop Up in the Garden events, Spring Tour, and a few new vendors to display their holiday wares. Browse through an array of unique, handcrafted goods designed to delight and inspire. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gamble, so come and shop for your loved ones and for yourself. Participating Vendors include:
Provence Inspiration accessories & decor
The Alexa Fallon Stationary Collection
39th St. Design vintage jewelry
Francine Fiesel Jewelry
Susan Schaps Jewelry
Kathy Kamei Jewelry
Jean Duhan Antiques
Roxanne’s Biscotti
Paraiso Prints
Maarit Knits
December 11-13, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Gamble Garden Carriage House
Admission is free
Learn More
Gamble Garden website
The Gamble office is open Monday - Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm
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Cover photo by Ana Picazo

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