• Spring Tour
  • So Much More at Gamble
  • Silent Auction
  • Marketplace Vendors
  • Plant Sales
  • Sponsors & Donors

Enter the Garden

Spring Tour 2019 has concluded

Learn more about our upcoming Spring Tour.

Join us for the 34th annual Spring Tour: Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

Each destination on Spring Tour 2019 is a manifestation of a uniquely personal take on “Enter the Garden”, this year’s theme. The gardens range from retreats that have evolved along with the homeowners’ lives, showcasing their creativity and involvement, to places of tranquility, both exotic and sophisticated.

Tickets are available on the day of the event for $40 at Gamble Garden.

Tour the Gardens

A feast for the Senses
The soothing sounds of running water and the fragrance of herbs and flowers combine with contrasting textures and an abundance of visual delights: shades of green with year-round pops of color, rays of sunshine softened by the trees above, and blooms throughout. Click here to learn more.

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication
Drawing from elements of Japanese garden design, this garden achieves a minimalist elegance that’s restrained without being manicured. Asian influences include a zipper path to the front door (inspired by an ancient Kyoto garden), bronze bamboo sculptures, and a Moon Gate. A dramatic focal point, the gate is made of Ipe, the prized Brazilian hardwood. Click here to learn more.

A sheep in Palo Alto? 
Playful, chic touches characterize a garden designed for family living. An enlarged patio and expansive garden provide plenty of space for stylish entertaining or active play, while boxwood topiaries and a charming black sheep sculpture add a touch of whimsy. Click here to learn more.

East Meets West 
Sculptured driftwood gates open into a garden that blends tropical and formal, vibrant and tranquil. Exotic orchids, bamboo, and lush greenery transport pay homage to the gardens of the homeowner’s native Vietnam, while mature oaks, gardenias, and roses honor the style and feel of a historic Professorville home. Click here to learn more.

Paradise in a Meadow 
Wander through a meadow garden where flowering trees and shrubs, bamboo, grasses, bulbs and perennials mingle in happy abandon. Inspired by New York City’s High Line Garden, this stroller’s paradise evokes the Elysian Fields, seamlessly weaving together 500 plant varieties into a harmonious whole. Click here to learn more.

Thank you to our 2019 tour destination homeowners and their designers

The Tour is So Much More

April 26 & 27, 2019 – 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Spring Tour will bloom with events to celebrate the season at the tour gardens and at Gamble. Recharge with lunch on the Tea House Patio, and explore the diverse shopping opportunities available this one time of year.

At Gamble Garden

Over the Garden Fence

The Carriage House is the destination for this much-anticipated part of Spring Tour, offering gently-used garden furniture, antiques, home decor, china, and linens – all at great prices.


Throughout Gamble Garden, you’ll find specially selected vendors selling wonderful home and garden merchandise.

Plant Sale

Hard-to-find species, unique plants, and edibles – many featured in the gardens on the tour – are available for purchase. Container gardens designed by our garden staff and volunteers may also be purchased.

Catered Lunch

A catered box lunch from Draeger’s Market will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Tea House Patio. Lunch tickets will be available soon. Please order your lunch ticket by Friday, April 19th.

Horticultural Resources

The Master Gardeners, representatives from Canopy and other horticultural resources will be on hand to answer your garden questions.

Live Music

Live music will be performed throughout the day.

Complimentary Refreshments

Enjoy morning coffee drinks beverages from Caffe Carello. Complimentary iced tea and cookies made and served by The Garden Club of Palo Alto are available throughout the day.

Silent Auction

Visit our Silent Auction to view the entire collection of auction items and bid! Tables will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Spring Tour Underwriter

Become a Spring Tour Underwriter to enjoy special opportunities such as tickets to the Spring Tour  Preview Party, early access to the Over the Garden Fence sale, and more.

Silent Auction

Carefully curated items that spark joy and delight

Don’t miss the Silent Auction, held at Gamble Garden on April 26 – 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Here are a few things available for bidding.  Visit our Silent Auction at Gamble Garden during Spring Tour to view our entire collection of auction items and bid!

Extraordinary experiences feature the perfect blend of food and fun.

Behind the Scenes: Chinatown”… Fascinating insider’s walking tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Have dim sum, visit architecturally-stunning temples, hear ancient stories, investigate back alleys.

Retzlaff Vineyards”… Four guests will experience the “Full Flight” at this Livermore winery. The vineyard’s 30-year-old vines are cultivated using sustainable practices — no pesticides, no herbicides, no fertilizers, no GMO.

Williamson Wines”… Two guests will indulge in a special wine and lunch experience at this winery located in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.

VJB Cellars”… Four guests will enjoy an exclusive VIP seated tasting of this estate’s family wines. Located in beautiful Sonoma County.

Gourmet Chocolate Tasting”… Decadent two-hour private tasting and hands-on chocolate making experience at Timothy Adams Chocolates in Palo Alto.

Spanish Paella Party”… Convivial patio dinner with old and new friends at a massive communal table serving Spanish Paella prepared by caterers Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.

High Tea”… Savor afternoon tea at an Old Palo Alto home that was once featured in a Gamble Garden Spring Tour.

Seoul2Soul”… A private chef will cook a masterpiece meal of fusion cuisine, combining the two cultures of traditional Korean flavors with authentic American southern techniques.

An Epic Shanghai Meal”… Let Gamble Garden curate an authentic Shanghainese menu for 10 people at a local restaurant.

Live Music”… Let musical trio, Left Bank/Rive Gauche, impress your guests with two hours of live music at your next party.

Learn to Braid Challah”… Little Sky Bakery will come to your house, demonstrate how to prepare a naturally-leavened, 6-braid challah, and explain the bread-making process.


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.

Zareen’s”… Get a $25 gift card to the best contemporary Pakistani and Indian restaurant outside of India.

Roxanne’s Biscotti”… Roxanne bakes her handcrafted biscotti fresh, using only ingredients sourced locally, no preservatives added.

The Iron Chef”… Cookbook and autographed apron by award-winning chef, Elizabeth Falkner.

Sundance The Steakhouse”… $100 gift card to spend at the best prime rib and steak restaurant in the Bay Area.

Taverna”… $200 gift card at this Palo Alto restaurant serving fine Hellenic Greek cuisine.


Get outdoors and get active!

Wildflowers Hike at Edgewood Park & Nature Preserve”… A Sierra Club guide will lead you on a comfortable 3-mile hike amidst beautiful wildflowers and gorgeous natural scenery at this preserve located near Redwood City, along Hwy 280.

Catamaran in the Bay”… Experience the San Francisco Bay on a catamaran ride.

49ers”… Four prime seats, United Club section, parking pass, Levi’s Stadium. Go Niners!

Tai Chi”… Relaxing Tai Chi at Gamble Garden for 8 people. This private event will focus on body alignment, balance, strength, stretching, meditation. Perfect for a team-building event or a personal life celebration.


Lessons, excursions, and supplies for your favorite gardener.

Road Trip”… Join Gamble Garden’s Horticulture Team on a wild road trip to Succulent Gardens, a premier nursery specializing in succulents. Carpool to Castroville (Monterey County), make new friends, bring a snack and learn so much on this all-day trip.

Ciardella’s Garden Supply”… Get a gift card for $100 to spend at this beloved full-service garden supply store in Palo Alto.

Freshly-Cut Gardenias”… This is Oprah’s #5 favorite thing on her annual list of “Favorite Things in 2014.” Fifty gardenias cut fresh from the farm and delivered to your front door by the folks at Bay Area’s High Camp Supply.

Custom Potting Bench”… A gardener’s must-have. Gamble Garden will custom build a clear-heart redwood potting bench for you.

Succulents”… Various interesting succulent arrangements in unique pots designed by Gamble’s succulent experts.

Gamble-Grown Zinnias”… Two flats of zinnias lovingly grown in our greenhouse just for you.

Compost is the Caviar of Organic Matter”… Your milk shouldn’t be the only thing that’s organic. Fortify your garden with luxurious organic compost, fresh from Wheeler Farms. Includes delivery.

Professional Pruning”… Put your gardening in Gamble’s expert hands with four hours of pruning by Gamble’s Horticulture Team.

Floral Presentation”… Gamble Garden’s Chief Floral Arranger will design a magnificent floral arrangement for your special occasion.


Give joy to the entire family  (furry friends, too!).

Gingerbread House Decorating”… Rare opportunity to decorate gingerbread houses on Gamble Garden’s beautiful property. Great holiday gift!

Paws and Play Studio”… Up to one hour of natural light, dog photography session at Gamble Garden.

Niles Canyon Railway”… Four tickets to ride this historic train from the Transcontinental Railroad Era.

Giraffe Safari”… Journey into Saddlerock Ranch’s amazing scenery and wildlife. Located on Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA.

Marketplace Vendors

Shop in the lovely historic house and throughout the grounds at Gamble

Vendors are open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday. No ticket is needed to shop the Marketplace. Come stroll the grounds, buy plants, shop, get a cup of coffee and listen to the music. Enjoy!

Ashley Ashoff Carman’s Nursery Carry On Designs
Dancing Elephants Daya Design Deborah Boskin Designs
Flutter Eyeware Gerie’s Fashion Closet J. McLaughlin
J’Amy Tarr Outerwear Kasoumisou Gallery Kindred Cooks Caramels
Manjusha Jewels Marion McKee Designs Matthew Taylor’s Home
Moonlite Mrs. Moskowitz’s Knits Ms. DuMont Unique Textiles
Provence Inspiration Pavo SF Peace A Porter Inc
Pomegranate Seeds Ramina Rechard Pearls Roxanne’s Biscotti
Ta-Da! Designs Terra Sole Nursery Yellow Rose Accessories

2019 Plants for Sale

Gamble’s garden staff has been busy growing specimen plants for the Spring Tour Plant Sale. Some of the plants that we will be featuring for Spring Tour include:

– an assortment of Bearded iris and native Pacific Coast iris.
– wonderful succulents and succulent arrangement in decorative pots created by our talented Gamble volunteers.
– Fragrant, re-blooming roses

In honor of our new pollinator garden, we will feature:

– Yarrows, including ‘Lavender lady’, ‘Paprika’ and the native ‘Sonoma Coast’
– Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’
– an assortment of native and autumn sages, great for attracting bees butterflies and hummingbirds.

Our nursery partners will have a splendid selection of Japanese maples and flowering trees and unusual and beautifully grown perennials.

We will also have a variety of summer vegetables and herbs in quart containers including the tomato list below.

Business Sponsors

Business sponsors and advertisers are essential to the success of each Spring Tour.  We rely on private donations to support the garden and our programs. Thank you for supporting Spring Tour!

We would be very proud to partner with you as a Spring Tour 2019 underwriter.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


Many thanks to our Auction Donors who have donated the amazing goods and services that make our Silent Auction so successful.

Adventure Cat Sailing Charters Ella Ancheta Jane Bagley
Balletto Vineyards Tessa Berney Bird Dog
California Academy of Sciences Martha & Paul Chamberlain Glowe & David Chang
Ciardella’s Garden Supply Lena Dawson Embarcadero Media
Galileo Gamble Garden Childrens Events Gamble Garden Floral Arrangers
Gamble Garden Horticulture Office Gamble Garden Luncheons Gamble Garden Over-the-Garden-Fence
Garden Court Hotel Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park Loren & Mike Gordon
Gott’s Roadside Pat & Tod Gregory Hassett Hardware, Palo Alto
Richard Hayden Hidden Villa High Camp Supply
Hiller Aviation Museum Hobee’s California Restaurants Gloria Hom
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palo Alto Anne & Duane Kalar Nirmy & Kully Kooner
Ladera Garden & Gifts Left Bank/Rive Gauche Little Sky Bakery
Luna Vez Farm Malibu Wine Safaris Dave Mans
Menlowe Ballet Susann Mirabella Elizabeth & Mark Moragne
Mrs. Moskowitz’s Munchies LLC Niles Canyon Railway Stacey & Donald Olgado
Pacific Art League Palo Alto High School Ceramics Dept Palo Alto Firefighters Hot Sauce
Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme Catering Patronik Designs Paws & Play Studio
Carmen Pekelsma Petit Bakery Co. Pladra
Quarryhill Botanical Garden Keith Radher Dale Real
Retzlaff Vineyards & Estate Winery Abbie Dorosin & Dan Rich Laurie & Matt Rohrback
Carina Rossner Roxanne’s Biscotti Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Sacramento Zoo San Francisco Museum of Modern Art John Schniedwind
Smuin Contemporary Ballet Sports Basement Vicki Sullivan
Sundance The Steakhouse Taverna The Gamble House, Pasadena
The Huntington Timothy Adams Chocolates Total Wine & More
Cindy & Jeff Traum Twenty Stitches Ro Urquhart
David Vallarino VJB Cellars Wellington Cellars
Wheeler Farms LLC Tyrus Whitehead Gwen Whittier
Williamson Wines Winchester Mystery House Lisette Young

Thank you to our Year Round Sponsor

Thank you to our Media Sponsors