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Spring Tour - April 28th & 29th

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.

We invite you to take this opportunity to purchase your tickets and look forward to enjoying all that Spring Tour offers.

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A Preview

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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1431 Waverley

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.

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 – A Preview Party Exclusive!

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 open by invitation to Major Donors and Underwriters.
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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!

Please check back later — vendor list coming soon!

Clothes and Accessories

Home Furnishings, Nursery and Photography


Foods and Perfumes

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!

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