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An online event on Saturday, December 5

The festival of trees is going to be an online event only this year. Links to all the trees will be available beginning at 4 pm December 4 and the auction will close at 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 5.

All trees are available for purchase by silent auction with proceeds supporting Gamble Garden. Silent auction bidding will be available online.

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. Save the Date for next year’s event on Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th. 

Silent Auction Information

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. We encourage you to register with Auctria before the auction opens at 4 pm on Friday, December 4 to ensure that you are able to bid. Your information is secure.

Register as a Bidder

When you click the button above, you will leave the Festival of Trees webpage on Gamble Garden and go to the website.

Opening and Closing Receptions' Ticket Information

Reception ticket holders are invited to pick up their goody bags at Gamble Thursday, December 3, or Friday, December 4, 12 pm - 4 pm. Also, we will have an online event to close the auction on Saturday, December 5 at 5 pm.

Registration is still available to attend the online event.

Ticket holders have been contacted via email asking if they would like to convert their reception tickets to raffle tickets.


About Gamble Garden

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.