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A gardener's delight

Gamble Garden to welcome locals for a day of activities and community building

One way the Elizabeth Gamble Garden hopes to reach the community is to actually get people to put their hands in the dirt. And even dig for worms. No standing on the sidelines for real gardeners.

Gamble Garden will host its annual Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event is open to the public and will offer a variety of children's activities, a plant sale, horticultural resources, gardening demonstrations, food and entertainment. This year will mark the Gamble Garden's 30th community day.

"Throughout the day we hope to entertain, educate and inspire our neighbors, friends, volunteers and families. It is a chance for us to meet them and for them to get acquainted with the garden," Gamble Garden President Susan Benton said. "Gamble Garden is such a wonderful resource, we just hope that more of the community becomes familiar with us and enjoys what we have to offer."

One of the most popular children's events is the "digging for worms" contest, which has children compete to find the largest worm in a plant bed, said Gamble Garden Public Resource Director Katie Schoeben.

Other children's activities will include flower-arranging, magic shows, story time with the Palo Alto Children's Library, arts and crafts, educational displays and activities from Canopy. Activities will all be garden-themed.

The plant sale will include plants from the Gamble Garden and this year it will be set up for the entire event.

The event's goal is to help community members cultivate their own gardens. The Garden will provide an array of informational resources, including educational displays from Canopy, master gardeners who will be available to answer questions and a gardening discussion led by the Gamble Garden manager.

Lunch options will be provided by MoGo Korean Barbeque and Soo's Moo's food trucks which will be there throughout the event. The Soo's Moo's ice cream truck will be serving two flavors: salted caramel and vegan chocolate chip.

Visitors are welcome to explore the garden on a regular basis any day of the week, free of charge. The garden also rents out space for small events and weddings. Additionally, it is a popular photo destination, welcoming both professional and amateur photographers. Many locals visit the gardens to take a quiet stroll and relax.

The garden is not the only reason many visitors enjoy the Gamble Garden. Many are intrigued by the rich history of the property. The main house, built in 1902, is located in the center of the property and looks out upon the grounds designed by Walter A. Hoff in 1908.

The property was once home to Elizabeth F. Gamble who donated the house and garden to the City of Palo Alto before her death in 1981. The city decided to recognize the land as a historic property and opened the gates of the Gamble Garden to the public in 1985.Visitors can now walk through the historic gardens during daylight hours and are allowed to tour the house on weekdays.


What: Gamble Garden Community Day

When: Sunday, Oct. 2

Time: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto

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