• 2016 Spring Tour Recap
  • View the 2016 Gardens
  • So Much More at Gamble
  • 2016 Marketplace Vendors
  • 2016 Business Sponsors

Spring Tour

Thank You for a Successful 2016 Tour!

Thank you for a Successful 2016 Gamble Garden Spring Tour! Planning has already started for Spring Tour 2017 and it will be here before you know it! SAVE THE DATES of April 28 and 29, 2017.

The annual Gamble Garden Spring Tour features Palo Alto’s finest private gardens. We invite you to visit specially selected gardens designed for outdoor living – for dining, lounging, entertaining, or simply hiding away in an oasis for rejuvenation. Gardens allow us the simple pleasure of enjoying time with family and friends, or alone relaxing in the open air.

The 2016 Gamble Garden Spring Tour was a fantastic event! The tabs on the left contains information from the 2016 tour. Check back for more information about the 2017 tour in January 2017!

A sneak peak


Gamble Garden is delighted present five specially selected gardens that were designed and planned for family outdoor living in our spectacular climate. Bring your landscape designer or visit with some of the designers on the Tour at these delightful properties.

2016 Gardens

A contemporary western garden with a modern Zen sensibility

Echoes of the rugged West infused with a modern but playful Zen sensibility? The gardens here are contemporary and uncluttered, home to art and a place to live and work, play games, and entertain. The russet red of the plum tree leaves echoes the rich hues of the garden chairs and the rusty patina of the Korten steel used to build raised planting beds.

A vibrant flower-filled landscape with a tropical flavor

A tropical profusion of bougainvillea, a towering banana tree, ginger plants, and a Giant Bird of Paradise mingle poolside will greet our Spring Tour guests in this garden.   Beautifully trained bougainvillea along the garage, an entry path lined with tree roses, tall Italian cypresses, and Japanese maples, a bubbling fountain in a niche by the front door and topiary-filled pots complete the welcoming entry.

Garden Name: A mature garden in Old Palo Alto transformed for young family living

Specimen trees on this property have been jewels in this Old Palo Alto neighborhood for many years.  The newly renovated gardens pay homage to their elegant beauty.  The redesigned garden fulfills the homeowner’s dream to grow food and add new space in back for play and parties, becoming a mecca for family and friends throughout the year.

A personal garden to enjoy every day, filled with art, large and small

Through a zipper sculpture/fence, a front yard labyrinth, specimen oak and magnolia trees, a very personal garden emerges. The gravel patio in back has hosted large and small parties in a comfortable very Mediterranean setting. Tucked away in the back corner is the “winter home” of resident George, the 20 year-old Sulcata tortoise.

Garden Name: A garden designed as a gift and embraced by the whole family

This redesigned back garden, a series of rooms for year-round outdoor living, was planned as by the homeowner for his wife. These “rooms” include a secluded space for sunning and tête–à–têtes , a fire pit room for evening gatherings, and a secret loft behind the garage for the children. The plantings provide food, flowers, and shade while enhancing the architectural elegance of this low-maintenance garden.

The Tour is so Much More

April 29 & 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come get inspired! The Spring Tour is blooming with events to celebrate the season. See the gardens in all their splendor, recharge at the fabulous Luncheon on The Tea House Patio, bring The Garden home with The Marketplace and Over The Garden Fence—two beautifully curated collections of unique and distinctive treasures. The Tour kicks off with the Preview Party on the eve before the big day—we can’t wait to see you there!

At Gamble Garden

1431 Waverley, Palo Alto, CA

‘Over the Garden Fence’

A vibrant part of Spring Tour, with gently used garden furniture, antiques, home decor, China, and linens at great prices.


Specially selected vendors with wonderful home and garden merchandise for purchase. Check out the participant list below!

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 volunteers can also be purchased.

Catered Lunch

A catered box lunch by Cafe Primavera will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on The Tea House Patio (a vegetarian option is also available). Purchase Lunch tickets by Monday, April 18th. Reservations are requested. Get Tickets Now.

Horticultural Resources

The Master Gardeners, Canopy, and other horticultural resources will answer your garden questions.

Live Music

Live music will be performed throughout the day, enjoy while shopping, dining, or sipping tea.

Complimentary Refreshments

Enjoy coffee drinks served by Caffe Carello in the morning and iced tea and cookies prepared and served by The Garden Club of Palo Alto throughout the day. FREE!

Silent Auction

A Preview Party Exclusive! Be an underwriter and come bid on Gamble Garden hosted events and other special items in The Silent Auction. A Preview Party exclusive for underwriters. Become an Underwriter.

Marketplace Vendors

Gamble Garden thanks all our wonderful vendors!

Visit them in the lovely historic house, throughout the grounds and in the Rose Garden at Gamble.

Vendors are open 10am to 4pm 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 the vendor to visit their website.

  • Carman's Nursery
  • A third generation family owned nursery specializing in rare and unusual plants.
  • Cloud9 Olive Oil
  • Award Winning Locally produced Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Delicious Fruit Vinegar
  • Deborah Trilling, Artist
  • Delightful hand painted birds on recycled cigar boxes and tree rounds, note cards and small animal paintings
  • Kasumisou Gallery
  • Kasumisou Gallery offers unique, high quality specialty gifts and home decor items sourced from small, responsible suppliers.  All products have a handmade component and many feature a traditional craft technique.  Kasumisou Gallery also supports the community through its Community Partners Program.
  • Michael Foster Stained Glass
  • Beautifully crafted stained glass hanging pieces, incorporating open spaces and natural glass edges as decorative elements.
  • Mrs. Moskowitz's Munchies
  • 'Fuel for Innovators' Award winning all-natural nut and dried fruit snack that is nutritious and makes a great gift.
  • Native Revival Nursery
  • In their 25th year on the Central Coast, Native Revival Nursery specializes in providing California native plants to the public - their services include landscape consultations, designs and installations. With a focus on creating landscapes that provide a seamless integration between your residence and the natural beauty of California.
  • One-of-a-Kind-Jewelree
  •  One-of-a-kind creative jewelry handmade with love
  • Roné Prinz Jewelry
  • Roné Prinz's explorations in shape, texture, materials & technique have led to small sculpture, as jewelry; beautiful and wearable pieces of art.
  • Route One Pumpkins
  • Handcrafted soap and skin care made locally with organic Sugar Pie pumpkin seed oil, and other pure and organic oils.
  • SaraBella Upcycled
  • Handbags to totes, zip pouches to fashion wear – upcycled products that are as beautiful as they are green
  • Sarah Oliver Handbags
  • An American accessories company with a twist: every exquisite bag is hand knit by our fabulous team of senior knitters, a.k.a. The Purlettes 
  • Sooz's Moo
  • SF Bay Area purveyor of handcrafted, small batch, gluten free ice cream. Available in 100% dairy and non-dairy/vegan flavors. No preservatives, all natural. Join the Underground MOOvement and enjoy Sooz's Moo!
  • Terra Sole Nurseries
  • Founded in 2004 by John and Sherry Hall with the goal of experimenting and growing native plants, unusual plants and drought tolerant plants that are adapted to our dry summer climate.

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.

Oak Sponsors ($5000+)

Ginkgo Sponsors ($3500+)

Redwood Sponsors ($2500+)

Cedar Sponsors ($1000+)

Magnolia Sponsors ($500+)

Media Sponsors