The Gazebo is not original to the garden. It was added in 1996. In the photo above, late afternoon sun casts a rainbow over the vine covered Gazebo lending it a magical presence.
California Style Garden Room
The plants selected in this section of the garden are resistant to oak root fungus and are drought intolerant. But more importantly, it is an area of tranquility.
In the Cutting Garden, summer's best blooms are ready to enliven the Gamble house. Here dahlias in variegated colors stand out from the pack. The floral beds change with the seasons.
The path leads from the sundial to the grotto fountain. In the spring, it's a mirror of white then pink from the blossoming Japanese Flowering Cherry trees that line the way.
This is an amazing way to grow trees. Antique varieties of apples and pears are "espaliered" - trained to grow horizontally from the center trunk. This tree is from the genus Malus.
Carriage House and Patio
Renovated in 1987, the Carriage House is now used for classes or business seminars and social gatherings. It's at the back of the main house with magnolia, Victorian Box and Japanese maple trees keeping the patio cool.
Whimsical touches like this frog prince fountain surprise visitors as they stroll through the gardens. Birds must love the bird bath in the California Style Garden Room. And the exquisitely pruned rabbit standing right outside the Tea Room or the scarecrow in the Roots and Shoots garden are delightful especially to the junior gardeners.
The garden is open everyday during the daylight hours and is free! The house is open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information about the Gamble Garden here's their website link and address:
1431 Waverley, Palo Alto, CA
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Images by Charie