Gamble Garden is known for its extensive collection of camellias. Visitors will find these stunning blooms in almost every corner of Gamble. We have over 50 cultivars and over 60 plants! Several cultivars were purchased by Miss Gamble herself, including Camellia japonica ‘Shiragiku’ (Purity) 1695, Camellia japonica ‘Usu-otome’ (Pink Perfection) 1875, Camellia japonica ‘Hikaru Genji’ (Brilliant Genji) 1859, and Camellia japonica ‘Kumasaka’ 1695, one of the oldest camellias in continuous culture. Miss Gamble purchased many of her camellias from pioneer …

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This article was published in Gamble Garden’s Member Newsletter in the spring of 2013. Originally titled “Introducing Gamble’s New Garden of Old Roses“, the article was written by Betsy Fryberger on the occasion of the reopening of Gamble’s Rose Garden. The Rose Garden began a multi-year, multi-fund, multi-expert renovation, from late 2010 to early 2013. Welcome to the new garden of old roses, which was planted in the spring of 2011. Although still young, the roses are growing rapidly, climbers …

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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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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Say it with flowers”? Most of us have either given or received flowers to say a number of things: “I love you”, “Congratulations”, “I’m sorry”, “Welcome home”, “Thank you”, and more. Almost everyone knows that red roses symbolize romantic love, and many know that red poppies represent remembrance. But did you know that daisies mean “innocence”, lavender means “devotion” and magnolias mean “nobility”? As it turns out, there’s a Secret Language of Flowers, and every …

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