June 8, 2015

Palo Alto: Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden; things to do


101 South 

Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden  1431 Waverley St./Embarcadero Rd., (650) 329-1356.  House:  M-F 9-2.  Garden:  Daily dawn to dusk.  Free.

house and palm tree at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California
house and palm tree at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California

Located in an old Palo Alto neighborhood, the 1902 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.  Vegetables are also grown here, so you might see ripe purple tomatoes and other exotic varieties--all protected by a well-dressed scarecrow.  Each month has its special pleasures, but April’s promise of a cascade of blossoms along a cherry allĂ©e might be the best.  A small nursery purveys an interesting selection of plants.  Picnic tables sheltered by an old oak are available, and just next at Bowling Green Park are expansive lawns for frolicking.

purple tomatoes at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California
purple tomatoes at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California



red apples at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California
red apples at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California



scarecrow at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California
scarecrow at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, California



More things to do in Palo Alto. 

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images ©2020 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
updated 2-29-20

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