Celebrate the Start of Spring at Gamble Garden at our March Second Saturday!
Gamble Garden welcomes you to spend a wintry morning with us searching for signs of spring. Explore our unique three-acre garden in a guided garden tour or family nature hunt. Second Saturdays are free and open to all.
For Adults: Free Garden Tours
Our March tours will include a look at Gamble’s captivating camellias, many of which Miss Gamble purchased from Toichi Domoto, a Japanese-American pioneer camellia grower and world-class hybridizer. As a member of the American Camellia Trail, we look forward to sharing our collection of 50+ camellia cultivars with you.
For families with kids ages 3-10: free guided nATURE HUNTS
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.
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.
Bring binoculars and a magnifier if you have them. Download a map to Gamble Garden here.
Nature Craft Table: Captivating Camellias
After exploring the garden on your tour or nature hunt, boys and girls will have fun trying a variety of hands-on nature activities at our nature craft tables.
San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society
Stop by the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society’s table to learn about camellia culture and care.
VISIT ELIZABETH’S HOUSE
Walk through Elizabeth’s house, built in 1902, and get a look into the early days of Palo Alto. Our house docents are on hand to answer questions and share stories of old.
Gamble Garden offers a unique selection of plants for sale at reasonable prices. Pick up a plant that suits your needs, and bring a little piece of Gamble Garden home with you! Knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer your plant questions.
The Master Gardener Program of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Santa Clara County operates a Hotline and Plant Clinic at Gamble Garden. Master Gardeners will answer your home gardening questions at their walk-in Plant Clinic at Gamble Garden, 9:00 to 11:00 am.