You are invited to view trees donated and decorated by individuals, organizations, and businesses displayed on the historical side of Gamble Garden.
All trees are available for purchase by silent auction with proceeds supporting Gamble Garden. Silent auction bidding will be available online, bidders do not need to be at Gamble to participate.
Gamble Garden is excited to launch this new holiday event and we hope that it becomes a holiday tradition for families in the Palo Alto area and beyond.
To help ensure the safety of our attendees, we will be hosting two ticketed opening receptions and two closing receptions on December 4 & 5, at 5-6:30 pm or 7-8:30 pm. Each reception will be 1 1/2 hours and limited to 60 attendees.
Free registration is open to walk through the Festival of Trees on Saturday, December 5 between 9 am and 4 pm.
The festival will follow the current Mandatory Directive for Gatherings issued by Santa Clara County and any guidelines issued by the City of Palo Alto. If either agency limits the number of attendees, we will have timed sessions to enter and cap attendance at each session.
All attendees will practice social distancing at the event and will be required to wear masks.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of everything at Gamble Garden.
Our inaugural Festival of Trees relies on the efforts of volunteers and will not be possible without their help.
We are always looking for volunteers 16 years and older to help during the event weekend.
For additional information on organizing the festival or volunteering during the festival or sponsorship, please complete this short form.
Gamble Garden is a 501(c)(3) organization and private horticultural garden located on 2.5 acres in Palo Alto, CA. We do not receive funding from the city of Palo Alto, the state of California, or the federal government. Gamble Garden relies on donations, membership, and facility rentals. The education garden consists of demonstration beds, vegetable beds, and a picnic area for classes and gatherings. The demonstration beds educate visitors on ornamental, drought-tolerant plants–native and from around the world. Hands-on volunteers in our weekly “Roots and Shoots” program teach 3rd graders at our neighboring elementary school how to grow, tend to, and harvest vegetables from our beds.
In 1981, the City of Palo Alto received the Gamble house and 2.5-acre property from the estate of Elizabeth F. Gamble. A local group of advocates was determined to save the house and land from development and maintain the property as a horticulture center for everyone to enjoy, with no admission fee. After four years, the council awarded the lease to the newly-formed non-profit. The lease came with a use permit that stated the non-profit must offer horticultural education classes.
For 30 years, Gamble Garden has been a part of Palo Alto’s history.