What is the Archive Committee and what do its members do? Though rumor has it that the Archives Committee members — Gwen Whittier, Linda Norton, & Marilyn Sutorius — spend their time in the upstairs closet of the Main House sipping bourbon, the reality is far less scandalous (though just as interesting). These ladies have actually been collecting, sorting, cataloguing and preserving a treasure trove of documents concerning the history of Elizabeth Gamble and the founding of the non profit …

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Gamble Garden was honored to host photographer Saxon Holt in a special photography session for his new book on summer dry gardens. His work has been featured in diverse publications from Architectural Digest and Pacific Horticulture Magazine, to Smithsonian and MoneyMagazine along with most major book publishers, as well as calendars, newspapers, and note cards.  He licenses his garden photography stock photos at PhotoBotanic.com where he also teaches garden photography and contributes to a Learning Center on the art of garden photography. Holt began his career in commercial photography, then focused …

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Tourists aren’t the only creature who flock to California in winter. Orange and black Monarch butterflies, also known scientifically as Danaus plexippus, flock to California’s coastal areas on their annual migration to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Monarchs arrive by the thousands in October and leave by February. Sadly, the number of U.S. Monarch butterflies has decreased 90% since 1990, but you can still see these majestic creatures as they overwinter along the California coast. Here are some places in the Bay Area …

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The number of U.S. Monarch butterflies has decreased 90% since 1990 due to loss of habitat, use of herbicides and pesticides and climate change. You can help reverse the trend by planting a garden where monarchs and other pollinators can thrive. Growing a butterfly-friendly garden boils down to growing a garden with plants that give butterflies places to transform and to eat.  Here are some tips for attracting butterflies to your garden: 1. Study your area to see what species …

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Are you interested in becoming a member of our growing Garden Guide program? Gamble Garden horticultural staff invites you to attend an orientation session on Tuesday September 10 from 10:00am – 12:30pm. This informative session will give you a taste of our inquiry-based approach to Gamble’s historical “garden rooms” and to our specialty gardens such as the camellia, native plant, pollinator, and rain gardens. We’ll spend time in the classroom, out in the garden, and will break for a light …

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Did you know that many of the world’s biggest commercial crops – like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers and tobacco – come from the same family of plants? And that some important (and in some cases irreplaceable) drugs like scopolamine, atropine, nicotine and capsaicin are also produced by those plants? The solanaceous or Nightshade family of plants was the focus of a special member tour led by Dr. Doug Kalish, a biology PhD and longtime Gamble volunteer. Dr. …

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We are proud to announce our panel of experts for Gamble’s inaugural fundraiser breakfast, “Joyful Living: Trending in House and Garden”. Food writer Carolyn Jung, interior designer Melinda Mandell, and horticulturalist Janet Sluis will join Gamble Garden Director Richard Hayden to discuss trends in home, garden, tech, food, and health. Follow our speakers and moderator on Instagram: Carolyn Jung , Janet Sluis, Melinda Mandell, Richard Hayden and Gamble Garden. Carolyn Jung Carolyn is an award-winning food and wine writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She …

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To honor and thank Gamble’s volunteers, the Volunteer Development Committee hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Party on the 6th of June. Special recognition was given to select long time volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service to Gamble. This year’s honorees are: Carmen Pekelsma Jane Stocklin Dirty Knees Volunteers – Allison Cooper, Tom Cooper, & Ian Aitchison Archives Committee – Gwen Whittier, Linda Norton, & Marilyn Sutorius Many thanks to our volunteers for all that you do! Enjoy …

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View photos from Spring Tour 2019.

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Spring Tour 2019 would not have been possible without the generous financial support of businesses and individuals. Many thanks for your support! Business Underwriters Oak ($10,000) Cedar ($1,000) Magnolia ($500) The Dreyfus Group, Golden Gate Creative Planning Avidbank Sotheby’s International Realty Pete Moffat Construction Curtis Edward Dennison Landscape Redwood ($2,500) Sereno Group Curtis Horticulture, Inc. Compass      Leannah Hunt Girvin Peters Landscape     Nicole Aron       Laurel Hunt Robinson Northwall Builders Inc     Carol Carnevale  Stanford …

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