Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden 1431 Waverley St./Embarcadero Rd., (650) 329-1356. House: M-F 9-2. Garden: Daily dawn to dusk. Free.
Built in 1902, the Colonial Georgian Revival house here features enormous pieces of interior redwood paneling unmarred by knots. Today, volunteers maintain both the house and the manicured classic Edwardian gardens, which include small “rooms,” an assortment of soothing fountains, and scattered benches for quiet reflection. Each month has its pleasures, but April’s promise of a cascade of blossoms along a cherry allée might be the best. Picnicking is enjoyable at tables sheltered by an old oak, and the lawns next door at Bowling Green Park are also inviting.
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