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April 2019 Second Saturday – Nature Hunt, Crafts and More

April 2019 Second Saturday – Nature Hunt, Crafts and More

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00am - 11:30am
1431 Waverley Street Palo Alto, CA 94301

CELEBRATE THE Flowers of Gamble Garden at our April Second Saturday!

Gamble Garden welcomes you to spend the morning with us.  Explore our unique 3-acre garden in a guided garden tour or a family nature hunt.  Second Saturdays are free and open to all, and wonderful for all ages, rain or shine!


Our April garden tours will focus on our fabulous flowers from roses to wisteria to wildflowers. Join us to observe and enjoy the their beauty, fragrance, and function.


Many creatures visit Gamble Garden for food, nesting or resting. Join Garden Director Richard Hayden and our Garden Guides as we explore the many animals and plants that can be found throughout the garden. We’ll get our “nature eyes” working as we explore, look for birds and pollinators, overturn rocks and logs, and discover the many different ways the garden provides habitat for animals, both big and small.

Bring binoculars and a magnifier if you have them. Download a map to Gamble Garden here. Nature Hunts are wonderful for all ages but ideal for kids 3-10 years old and their grown-ups.

Nature Craft Table: Why Wildlife loves Wildflowers!

Before or after your tour, have fun trying hands-on nature activities at our nature craft tables sponsored this month by the California Native Plant Society.

Native Plants and Wildflowers for The Vase: A Floral Arranging Demonstration (11AM-12PM)

Enter the natural world of floral arranging with native stems, leaves, seeds, fruits and flowers! Expand your understanding through this unique hour-long demonstration, as our very own Gamble experts work their floral magic with flowers and cuttings from California native plants. Co-sponsored by Gamble Garden and the Going Native Garden Tour, a joint project of the California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter and the UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. This free 1-hour event requires registration. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.


Learn the basics of composting in this 2-hour workshop, presented by the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Composting Education Program. PLEASE REGISTER HERE.

It’s our 4th Green Waste Compost Giveaway

GreenWaste will be handing out free bags of OMRI Certified Organic Compost produced from 100% recycled yard trimmings from Palo Alto! Bags are limited and will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. 

Take home a free bag of compost, courtesy of GreenWaste of Palo Alto, and give your flowers at home a boost.


Tour the first floor of the Gamble Garden house, built in 1902, to see what life was like in Palo Alto, 100 years ago. Our house docents are on hand to share stories of old and answer questions.


All ages


Family nature hunts and adult garden tours will be offered at 10 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11 AM. Tours will depart from the Carriage House and last 30 minutes. We lead our tours rain or shine. During the rainy season, we encourage you to bring your poncho and rain boots! Please register below.