On Tuesday, June 21st, the Endowment Fund Committee hosted a lovely summer evening reception to celebrate the installation of Gamble’s newest Endowment Fund Bricks and to welcome the newest members of the Elizabeth Gamble Garden ’02 Legacy Society.
Guests were welcomed into the Carriage House Courtyard with Gamble wines and refreshments. The event kicked off with welcome speeches from Marco Maina, Gamble Executive Director, and Board President Sarah Clark. Next, a recognition of bricks and honoring of Gamble Garden donors was led by Pat Davis, Endowment Fund Committee Chair. Friends and family members spoke a few words about the person they were honoring for tribute and memorial bricks, sharing their connections with Gamble and their thanks. The evening concluded with a visit to the Gamble Gazebo where all the new bricks have been installed.
’02 Legacy Society
Named after the year when the Gamble House was built, the Elizabeth Gamble Garden ’02 Legacy Society honors those who have remembered Gamble Garden in their estate plan. This year, the ’02 Legacy Society welcomed two members: Jane Holland and Kaaren Antoun.
2022 Endowment Fund Bricks
WITH APPRECIATION FOR
JANE HOLLAND 2020
Estate of Jane B Holland
Jane Holland lived across the street from Miss Gamble and knew her very well. Jane had fond recollections of Miss Gamble and loved to share the time she saw her walking along her garden pathways with her walking cane in hand, stabbing out snails and slugs. Jane was the only docent at Gamble for many years. She loved her work at Gamble. Later in life, Jane began to grow roses, and because the local rose expert, whom people flocked to for advice, clippings, and a bouquet if lucky.
IN LOVING MEMORY
I MISS YOU MY DARLING
Johan Antoun dedicated a brick to his late wife Kaaren. John says, “She loved Gamble Garden. She especially appreciated the volunteers, loved it when I became one, living proof that you always get more out of volunteering than you ever put in.” John and Karen also have a dedicated bench in the allee, and John loves to come and sit on the bench to enjoy the garden.
LIFE IS IN THE GARDEN
KIRSTEN AND OLIVER
Kirsten and Oliver Gildersleeve
Kirsten was a wonderful Gamble volunteer and gardener.
HONORING THE LIFE OF
JEAN KUO AITCHISON
BELOVED WIFE OF IAN
LOVED WORKING HERE
AND WALKING WITH JEAN
Ian and Jean both worked at Gamble as Garden docents. Jean passed away in 2021. Ian continues as a Gamble Docent and garden volunteer. His first brick honors Jean’s life, and he decided on his second brick to honor their life together. Ian says, “I’ve been at Gamble for 15 years, and I’ve been very blessed to be here, and to be a volunteer. I belong to the Dirty Knees brigade. It’s almost trite to say it’s therapeutic, but I don’t know of a better word, especially when Jean passed away last year. She loved coming here; we both did. As I say on the brick, I will always remember walking with her, and I use the word “walking” in a general sense, not just walking but walking through life with her. We were married for 58 years.”
THANKS BOB WATERMAN
YOUR GAZEBO LEGACY
JEFF AND GARY DUNKER
Gary and Jeff Dunker
Bob Waterman is the founder of Waterman & Sun, a residential design firm based in Portola Valley. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Bob designed Gamble’s iconic gazebo in 1994, and Gamble’s rose garden arbor in 2013. Gamble volunteers Gary and Jeff Dunker dedicated a brick to Bob in thanks for his legacy and contribution to Gamble Garden.
Many thanks to the Endowment Fund Committee for organizing this event and giving our donors the recognition they deserve: Pat Davis, Sarah Clark, Carol Friedman, Susann Mirabella, Karen Olson, Marcia Rehmus, Joan Sanders, Jane Stocklin, Eleanor Thomas, Cindy Traum, Nancy Wong
*Content for this post was based on speeches given during the event by Pat Davis, John Antoun, Ian Aitchison, and Gary Dunker