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Spring Tour - April 28th & 29th, 2017

Gather in the Garden

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This year’s Spring Tour gardens – each one inspiring in its own unique way – offer 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.

All orders placed after Friday, April 21 will NOT BE MAILED. They will be placed in “Will Call” located at the front of the Main Gamble House and can be picked up on the days of the tour (10 am to 4 pm).

Boxed lunch ticket orders are now closed. There will be a limited number of boxed lunches available on the days of the tour until sold out, $15.

Advance tour tickets will close on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12 Noon. Tour Tickets may be purchased on both days of the tour for $40 per person at Gamble Garden or at the tour gardens.

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Gather in the Garden with us on Friday and Saturday, April 28th & 29th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Spring Tour Private Gardens

Formal Beauty in a Garden Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg

When they built their home in 1988, the homeowners wanted to create a garden like those they had visited and loved in Williamsburg, Virginia. Working with local designer Bill Derringer, who had designed several gardens in Williamsburg, they planted a garden that was a peer to the formal beauty of historic colonial gardens in the Old South. Since then they have lovingly maintained and revised it as trees grew and shadows increased, always remaining true to its original spirit.

A Garden Designed to Delight in All Seasons

Local garden connoisseurs will immediately recognize the guiding hand behind this enchanting formal garden. Daffodils, tulips, Akebono cherry blossoms and azaleas, all flowering in white or pale hues, grace the spring garden. This flowery exuberance is contained within the frame of meticulously maintained English boxwood hedges, paths of Connecticut bluestone, and an elegant and beautifully detailed fence and gate. It is of course a Katsy Swan garden. Her inimitable style can be seen in her many private gardens throughout the Bay Area and in the landscapes that raise the spirits of anyone visiting Stanford Hospital.

New & Old Treasures in a Venerable Estate Garden

The homeowners brought their potted dogwood along when they moved here in 1976. Thus began a long and highly productive love affair with this venerable estate garden in Old Palo Alto. Nestled in a grove of Palo Alto’s largest valley oaks when the house was built in 1920, today it features large, elegant entry, four garden rooms inspired by family travels, photos clipped from magazines and the desire to welcome family and friends in all seasons.

The Perfect Marriage of a Stately Victorian Home and a New Garden

When the owners bought this historic property in 2011, they were fulfilling a long-held dream to own and restore one of Professorville’s stately Victorians. With the help of garden designer Janell Denler Hobart of Denler Hobart Gardens LLC, the dream included a serene garden for the children to play in and for the adults to host large parties and intimate gatherings.

A Flower-filled Garden with a Mediterranean Flavor

When they decided to remove their front and back lawns, the homeowners hired the doyenne of lawn replacement in Palo Alto, Kim Raftery. The result is perfectly suited to the stucco bungalow built in 1926.

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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 the Gamble Garden property you’ll find specially selected vendors selling wonderful home and garden merchandise. See our list of Marketplace Vendors.

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 by Cafe Primavera 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 Monday, April 17th.

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!

Click the name of a vendor to visit their website.


  • Heidi Carey Jewelry
  • 39th Street Designs Vintage Jewelry & Accessories
  • Gifts 4 You

Something Special That Money Can't Buy

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“Spend a Special Morning with Miss Gamble’s Floral Arrangers”…Observe them create beautiful arrangements, ask questions, learn from their skillful designs. Private tour of gardens, plus Q&A. Light refreshments. Go home with a booklet of flower hints. Monday, June 12, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Walking Art Tour of Palo Alto”…One-hour walking art tour led by a representative from the Palo Alto Public Art Commission, followed by light refreshments in a Sculpture Garden. Highlights include the unique public art at Rinconada Library (formerly Main Library) and the Palo Alto Art Center galleries. Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Meet at library entrance (1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto).

“Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside”…A 65mph glance is all most people get. Visit this exclusive 120-acre Woodside property of the Rosekrans, descendents of the California sugar industry family Brettville Spreckels. This one-hour outdoor walking tour will take you along a vast landscape with over 160 monolithic sculptures. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet you there.

“Paella Party”…Spanish Paella at Gamble Garden!  Olives, Marcona Almonds, Sangria, Paella Valencia, Catalan Tomato Bread Salad, Rustic Bread. Experience the evening with old friends and discover new friends at the communal table. Caterers “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.” Date is Friday, June 23, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“This Gift that Will Make You the Coolest Parent/Grandparent Ever!”…Give your child/grandchild a fun holiday or birthday present — Gamble’s Holiday Party!  Front row seats for 6 kids and 6 adults. Cupcakes, juice boxes, goody bags. Plus, a beautiful holiday wreath from Gamble’s Greens Sale for you!  Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

“Paper White Bulb Planting and Lunch at an Old Palo Alto Home for 10 People”…Paper white bulbs, lunch and good friends — what more could you possibly desire?  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. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

“Culinary Knife Skills — The Fundamentals”…Basic culinary knife skills are important. In this two-hour, hands-on class in Gamble’s Main Kitchen, you and seven friends will learn the professional knife hold, proper classic cuts, and types of knives as taught by Jill Soltau, personal chef, caterer & culinary instructor. Arrange date with instructor. Expires April 1, 2018.

“Garden Fresh Luncheon at Gamble Garden”…Eight guests will sip champagne, indulge in a 3-course homemade lunch in the Main House, enjoy a docent tour of the garden, and take home a Gamble Garden cookbook and Mrs. Moskowitz’s Munchies. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.

“Professional Pruning by Gamble Garden’s Horticultural Experts”…Put your pruning in Gamble’s expert hands with 4 hours of professional pruning by the Horticultural Staff. Home must be within 5 miles of Gamble and maximum height for all pruning items is 10 feet. Expires April 1, 2018.

“Gourmet Chocolate Tasting”…A decadent two-hour private tasting and hands-on chocolate making experience for 6 people at Timothy Adams Chocolates in Palo Alto. Expires April 2018.

“250 Spring Bulbs for Your Home”…Gamble’s Horticultural Staff will plant 250 spring bulbs for you. Drop off your favorite container (or Gamble can provide). Gamble will plant the bulbs and call when they’re ready for pick up. Then wait for the bulbs to bloom. Expires April 1, 2018.

“$100 Gift Certificate from Ladera Garden & Gifts”…Find the perfect gift at this wonderful garden and gift store in Portola Valley.

“Succulent Planter by Linda Roark”…Our fabulous succulent container designer, Linda Roark, creates a spectacular visual arrangement in a unique pot.

“VIP Tasting at VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Plus Bottle of VJB Cellars Prosecco”…Wine tasting for 4 people in a beautiful winery located in Kenwood, Sonoma.

“Two Flats of Gamble-Grown Zinnias”…Two flats of zinnias growing in Gamble’s Greenhouse just for you…with seeds from our beloved Paul and grown by our lovely Gwen!  Ready for you to pick up by end of May 2017.

“Sundance The Steakhouse”…$100 gift certificate at the Bay Area’s best prime rib and steak restaurant.

“Honey Tasting & Tea Party at Gamble Garden”…Twelve lucky folks will experience the Gift of the Gods. Sarah Callan, Gamble’s Garden Assistant, will introduce exotic honeys (Hawaiian, Buckwheat, Manuka, Wildflower, Ugandan, Clover, Acacia), their health benefits, and how to pair with the perfect accompaniment. Enjoy premium tea with honey and homemade pastries!  This will be your best morning tea ever. Sunday, Nov 19, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

“Lush Living Centerpiece by Acclaimed Designer Baylor Chapman of Lila B. Design”…Transform your room with this beautiful living arrangement by sought-after San Francisco designer, Baylor Chapman of Lila B. Design.

“PLADRA Gift Certificate”…Name sounds familiar?  PLADRA is Gamble’s very own Kathy Ladra’s son’s apparel company!  Get a gift certificate for one men’s or women’s shirt of your choice. Quality fit, quality materials, quality construction. PLADRA.COM

“An Epicurean Indian Experience”…Learn the secrets of Indian cuisine. Chef Sonali, trained in India’s top culinary institute, will teach you and 7 friends the most authentic techniques from the famed kitchens of India. This 3-hour, hands-on cooking event occurs in Chef Sonali’s Palo Alto home.

“San Jose Earthquake Soccer Game at Avaya Stadium”…Two tickets for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, game starting at 7:15 p.m. at the new Avaya Stadium in San Jose. Enjoy the match near midfield in section 105, only 20 rows from the field.

“A Romantic Weekend in Palo Alto”…Enjoy an unforgettable dinner at Vina Enoteca ($100 gift card), then spend the night at the Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto’s favorite hotel. Let someone else make the bed, for once!  Expires Feb. 2018.

“An Afternoon at the Improv”…One Day Only! Laugh with the Stanford Improvisors as they act, compose, and narrate stories without previous preparation. It’s improv! Ideal for adults and children ages 10 & up. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Gamble Garden.

“The Art of Tussie Mussie”…Enjoy high tea with your hosts, author Irene Deitsch and Eleanor Laney, as you and three friends take an intimate look at a museum-quality collection of tussie mussies in this Palo Alto home.

“Topiary”…Beautiful collection of stationery designed by local artist Laurie Rohrbach of Lobird, plus a living-art topiary.

“Gift Card from Ciardella’s”…$100 to spend at Ciardella’s Garden Supply in Palo Alto.

“Semi-Final Tickets to Bank of the West Tennis Tournament” …Game, set, match! Secure four coveted semi-final tickets to the 2017 Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament at Stanford. Included are a $150 gift card at Mayfield Restaurant, a tennis bag filled with goodies, and a one-hour private lesson with a tennis pro.

“Splendor in Sonoma” …Spend two nights at a charming guesthouse, ideally located in the city of Sonoma’s prominent East Side near wineries, restaurants and shopping. VIP tasting at VJB Vineyards & Cellars. Perfect for one couple, no children, no pets. Choose your two consecutive days between July 12 – Aug. 3, 2017. Click to View

“Private Catered Event by Continental Caterers” …Be the ultimate host. Continental Caterers will fully cater your event for 10 people at a location of your choice within the Peninsula. Full menu, all cutlery and dinnerware, staff provided. You provide the drinks and conversation. Expires April 6, 2018.

“Filoli” …One of the finest country estates of the early 20th century. Receive five (5) day passes (general admission valid for one year); $100 gift card for use in Filoli’s cafe or gift shop; and a gift basket filled with wonderful products.

“The Ruth Bancroft Garden” …Travel to Walnut Creek and explore this fascinating garden containing more than 2,000 cactus, succulents, trees and shrubs. Receive four (4) tickets (expires June 9, 2017) and the book “The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.”

Spring Tour Business Sponsors

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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!

If you would like to join the businesses listed below, we would be very proud to partner with you! Contact STChair@GambleGarden.org for more information.

Bay Laurel Sponsors ($10,000+)

Coast Live Oak Sponsors ($5,000+)

Redwood Sponsors ($2500+)

Incense Cedar Sponsors ($1000+)

Magnolia Sponsors ($500+)

Media Sponsors