Come to Gamble Garden’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop on  Tuesday December 4th and Wednesday December 5th, 2018.  Browse gift items from local artisans from San Francisco and the surrounding areas.

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Learn how to make seedling pots from newspaper. Newspaper seedling pots are inexpensive and earth-friendly. In addition, they help minimize transplant shock when seedlings are ready to be planted in the ground.

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Tips on growing your own native pollinator habitat, by landscape architect and Primrose Way Pollinator Garden founder Juanita Salisbury.

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Gardens are more than pretty flowers, shady benches and gurgling fountains. They are living, breathing eco-systems that not only nurture us, they provide habitat to a wide variety of interconnected wildlife. We encourage wildlife to make Gamble Garden their home in Palo Alto; beneficial insects and bug-eating birds help us to control plant pest populations, and bees, butterflies, flower flies, and hummingbirds all help with the important job of pollination. So we’ve decided to make a garden specifically for our …

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More and more families are discovering Gamble Garden! Our Second Saturday Nature Hunts have been growing in popularity, and we hosted several school field trips last year. To keep up with the demand, the Education Committee is recruiting volunteer Garden Guides to introduce children and families to the wonders of Gamble Garden. The new Garden Guide Program features volunteer Garden Guides working with families and school-age children to inspire and promote an understanding of plants, garden critters, and environmental conservation …

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of Gamble Garden. They run classes and events, raise funds, and keep the house and gardens fresh and beautiful for all to enjoy. To honor and thank our amazing volunteers, the Volunteer Development Committee hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Party on the 21st of June. Recognition was given to some long time volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service to Gamble. Long time Dirty Knees volunteer Georgina Bailie, Roots and Shoots organizer Jane …

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July marks a new fiscal year and a new Board of Directors. Everyone on the Board deserves a round of applause, especially outgoing President Susan Benton. We are sorry to see the end of her two-year term but happy that she will continue to serve as Special Projects Chair. Susan will be leaving her position in the capable hands of Joan Sanders, incoming Board President. Both women are accomplished in their personal and professional lives, with many years of volunteer …

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Artists have been capturing landscapes for centuries, but before the late 1800s it was more common to do a rough sketch outdoors and finish the work in the studio.  Outdoor painting gained momentum when Impressionist painters emerged from their studios. They painted outside, amidst nature, because they wanted to capture the effects of sunlight at different times of the day. It has been popular ever since.  Today, the term Plein Air painting (from the French term “En plein air”, or “in the open air”) …

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On May 23rd members enjoyed a tour of a private garden at an Atherton, CA home. Incoming Board President Joan Sanders opened her home to Gamble Garden members, who spent a delightful afternoon admiring the landscaping and decor. Members left Joan’s garden feeling refreshed and inspired. “It was well worth the drive from Half Moon Bay,” one member declared. Keep reading for a history, description, and photos of Joan’s garden: A piece of history The Sanders home is located in the …

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  Do you want to learn more about succulents and cacti? Are you thinking of making your garden more drought-tolerant? Or do you simply love visiting beautiful gardens? Look no further than the Ruth Bancroft Garden for inspiration. Located in Walnut Creek, California, this acclaimed public garden is one of the finest examples of a dry garden in the country. The gardens began as the private collection of Ruth Bancroft. Already an avid gardener, Ruth purchased her first succulent, a …

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