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  • Marketplace Vendors
  • Silent Auction
  • 2018 Business Sponsors

Spring Tour - April 27th & 28th, 2018

California Dreaming

Information on the 2018 Spring Tour will be available February 5, 2018.

Last year’s Spring Tour gardens – each one inspiring in its own unique way – offered inviting areas to share with a friend, gather family and friends to share a meal, maybe a glowing fire, or simply be outside, comfortably surrounded by nature’s beauty. 

Purchase tickets online now to tour the five gardens

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Each destination on Gamble Garden’s 2018 Spring Tour is a manifestation of a uniquely personal take on ‘California Dreaming’, this year’s theme.  The visions are showcased in gardens that range from places of tranquility and retreat to the worldly, exotic and sophisticated, or the whimsical and playful.

In one garden, towering Redwood trees and a massive rose-covered arbor usher visitors into a courtyard. A golden gravel patio is ideal for casual dining on rainbow–colored chairs, surrounded by animal sculptures from Zimbabwe and an eye-catching waterfall.

Another garden features a dark green arch of Magnolia Grandiflor trees, reminiscent of open-air theaters, and sets the stage for a treasured bodhisattva sculpture, stone benches, and colorful planters.  All combine as an invitation to linger.

The tour will include a lush formal garden defined by paths and stone walls. Potted sago palms flank the front entry to the house and are repeated at the entrance to the back garden.  Soft fronds of dwarf date palms and the silvery glow of olive trees enhance the tropical feel. A massive wooden arbor shelters a dining area, where artists have turned heat lamps into garden sculptures. The long view leads the eye past verdant gardens to a lap pool and distant trees.

A Preview

Join us for “California Dreaming” Friday and Saturday, April 27th & 28th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Spring Tour Private Gardens

The Tour is so Much More

April 28 & 29 – 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.

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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 will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Tea House Patio. Lunch tickets are available now and must be purchased by April 20th.

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

Become a Spring Tour Underwriter and bid on events hosted by Gamble Garden and other special opportunities at the Silent Auction — being held at the Preview Party, and on Friday and Saturday.
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Marketplace Vendors

Gamble Garden thanks all our wonderful 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!

Something Special That Money Can't Buy

Don't Miss the Silent Auction
Don’t Miss the Silent Auction.  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!
“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.
“Holiday Decorating Flair”…Gamble Garden’s Horticulture Team will put their unique holiday botanical designing skills to work at your house by decorating either a mantel, staircase banister, or front door.
“Andrea Bocelli”…Two tickets to SOLD OUT Andrea Bocelli concert on June 16, 2018, at SAP Center, San Jose.
“Runnymede”…Tour the outdoor art installation at this exclusive, private, 120-acre Woodside property.
“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.
“Victorian Tea at Haas-Lilienthal”…Celebrate the December holidays with tea, finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats in the exquisite parlors of the Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco.  
“Live Music”…Let musical trio, Left Bank/Rive Gauche, impress your guests with two hours of live music at your next party.
“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.
“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.
“Tai Chi”…Special Tai Chi at Gamble Garden for 10 people. This private event will focus on body alignment, balance, strength, stretching, meditation. Perfect for a team-building event.

“Paper White Bulb Planting and Lunch at an Old Palo Alto Home”…Each guest brings two favorite containers to plant paper white bulbs, then savor lunch at this Old Palo Alto home. Bulbs, soil will be provided. An exclusive treat for 10 people.

“An Epicurean Indian Experience”…You and 7 friends will learn the most authentic cooking techniques from the famed kitchens of India. This 3-hour, hands-on cooking event occurs in Chef Sonali’s Palo Alto home.

“Museum-Fest”…Get cultured! Bid for tickets to a sampling of the Bay Area’s most fascinating museums.
“Custom Potting Bench”…A gardener’s must-have. Gamble Garden will custom build a clear-heart redwood potting bench for you. 
“The Iron Chef”…Cookbook and autographed apron by award-winning chef, Elizabeth Falkner.
“Private Catered Event”…Continental Caterers will fully cater an event for 10 people at your location.
“Little Sky Bakery”…Delicious sourdough made daily in small batches and delivered to your front door. 
“Succulents”…Various interesting succulent arrangements in unique pots designed by Gamble’s experts for bidding.
“Gamble-Grown Zinnias”…Two flats of zinnias lovingly grown in our greenhouse just for you.
“250 Spring Container Bulbs”…Decorate your house with 250 spring bulbs planted in pots by Gamble’s Horticulture Team.
“Gourmet Chocolate Tasting”…Decadent two-hour private tasting and hands-on chocolate making experience at Timothy Adams Chocolates in Palo Alto.
“Professional Pruning”…Put your gardening in Gamble’s expert hands with four hours of pruning by Gamble’s Horticulture Team.
“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.  
“Landscape Consultation”…Let Harrell Remodeling transform your outdoor living space.  Private 2-hour landscape consultation with Lisa Paramore, MBA, APLD.
“Miss Elizabeth Gamble’s Flowers”…Spend a special morning with Miss Gamble’s floral arrangers in the Main House.

Spring Tour Business Sponsors

Make a lasting impression


Our 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 2018 underwriter.

Contact STChair@GambleGarden.org for more information.

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