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Photographers & Artists

Photographers & Artists

Gamble Welcomes You!

Download our guidelines for photographers and artists

Individual photographers and painters are welcome to work at the Gamble Garden for non-commercial purposes. We respectfully request that the following guidelines be observed in order to protect and preserve the Garden so that everyone may enjoy it.


For your convenience there is a donation box near the topiary bunny sitting next to the Tea House. Gamble Garden is a non-profit public garden, open all daylight hours, at no fee. We are self-supporting – not a public park – and we hope that organizations coming to the garden will consider donating so we can continue to offer this wonderful resource to all.

Please check with the Office two weeks prior to your visit to let us know that you will be working in the Garden and so you can coordinate your schedule with our events and activities, which take precedence. On the weekends, access to certain parts of the Garden may be limited. Do not enter any area that is marked with a “Private Party” sign.  If a group is disruptive, they will be asked to leave.

  • No dance videos
  • No multiple photo shoot sessions (one individual photo shoot is allowed per photographer)
  • No sign-up sessions permitted

Group numbers should be limited to 10 or fewer. Children must be always supervised. We recommend one adult per child, 5 years and younger with 4 or 5 children to a small group.

Access to a particular area is determined by the Garden Director. Please be sure that materials are not set up in the middle of the pathway, and where Gamble Garden work or activities will be in progress. You may be asked to relocate to another area if a Gamble Garden activity is planned. Please be aware that the formal gardens are frequently rented for private functions starting at noon on weekends.

Photographers and artists must stay on the paths.  No photography or painting may take place in any garden beds.

Artists may use acrylic, oil, pastel, or watercolor and may not set up on the brick or tile areas. A protective tarp or plastic must cover all counters and raised bed structures, tables, and benches used. Please furnish you own water and do all cleaning of brushes off-site. Wastewater and disposal of any other excess materials must be carried off-site and not disposed of on Gamble property. The sinks on the property are not to be used for cleaning brushes or supplies.

No person or piece of equipment, i.e., electrical cords, lights, generators, etc., may be placed within garden beds, lawns or on any plant material, fence or other structure or block a pathway without permission from the Garden Director. All equipment and paraphernalia must be placed safely on the paths and must not present any unmarked hazard to public safety. The use of nails, tacks, staples, adhesive tape on fences, posts, or buildings are prohibited. Furniture, benches, picnic tables, signage may not be moved.

Foliage, flowers, or fruits in the garden may not be moved, picked or pruned in any way.

Restrooms are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm and are closed to the public on the weekends.

No smoking is allowed anywhere on the property.

Thank you for your cooperation.