Gamble’s fall roundtable discussion on October 10, 2019 focused on Joyful Living and on what’s Trending in House & Garden. Many thanks to our moderator Richard Hayden, Gamble’s Garden Director Richard Hayden and our panelists — interior designer Melinda Mandell, horticulturist Janet Sluis, and food writer Carolyn Jung — for sharing their expert insights. Here’s a look back at the topics covered: How did you get into your line of work and what inspired you to do what you do? …

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Tourists aren’t the only creature who flock to California in winter. Orange and black Monarch butterflies, also known scientifically as Danaus plexippus, flock to California’s coastal areas on their annual migration to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Monarchs arrive by the thousands in October and leave by February. Sadly, the number of U.S. Monarch butterflies has decreased 90% since 1990, but you can still see these majestic creatures as they overwinter along the California coast. Here are some places in the Bay Area …

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The number of U.S. Monarch butterflies has decreased 90% since 1990 due to loss of habitat, use of herbicides and pesticides and climate change. You can help reverse the trend by planting a garden where monarchs and other pollinators can thrive. Growing a butterfly-friendly garden boils down to growing a garden with plants that give butterflies places to transform and to eat.  Here are some tips for attracting butterflies to your garden: 1. Study your area to see what species …

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Is your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop interested in earning a Bug Badge, Animal Habitat, or Gardener Badge? Let Gamble Garden help! We can design a program incorporating educational lectures, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities that fulfill the requirements for one or more of the following badges: • Bug Badge • Animal Habitat Badge • Gardener Badge This month, Four Palo Alto Girl Scout Troops earned their Bug Badge and Animal Habitat Badge at Gamble’s Monarch Butterfly class. Nature Conservationist …

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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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Have you ever wondered what to do with all your kitchen or garden waste? Why not get started with composting? Gamble Garden recently hosted a composting workshop in conjunction with Greenwaste of Palo Alto and Santa Clara County’s Composting Education Program. Participants learned the basics of composting and received free bags of OMRI certified organic compost. If you missed the workshop and want to catch up, here are a few basics to get you started: What is compost? Compost is organic …

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