Our 2021 Festival of Trees will be December 3 & 4, 2021. The community is invited to the free holiday event to view trees donated and decorated by individuals, organizations, and businesses. The fully-decorated trees are available for purchase by silent auction.
Businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to sponsor this new community event.
Gamble Garden, a non-profit organization, is a precious and uncommon resource for everyone. Located in Old Palo Alto, our historic property has a rich legacy, a commitment to education, and year-round beauty as a free and open garden to the public every day. Our historic two-and-a-half acre property includes a rose garden, cutting garden, formal herb garden, demonstration bed, and wisteria garden. One of our proudest achievements is the new watershed garden, completed in 2019 at one of the busiest intersections in Palo Alto.
Gamble Garden is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing our historic house and garden as an oasis of beauty and tranquility, providing a community resource for horticultural education, inspiration, and enjoyment.
All trees are available for purchase by online silent auction. Bids can be easily placed with a handheld device or computer. You can choose to receive out-bid notifications and event messages during the auction.
The auction will be hosted by Auctria. Auctria is an online, secure bidding and auction software. Registration for online bidding will open before the auction opens.
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.