There are so many ways to enjoy Gamble Garden—from the big moments to the small. It’s a place to share a first kiss – as well as the first kiss of married life. Children see the magic of growing plants, and would-be gardeners of all stripes learn from our Master Gardeners and horticultural reference library. Plan a visit with the whole family, or just take your lunch break in the Garden to get back a few moments of the day.
The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing our historic house and garden as an oasis of beauty and tranquility, providing a community resource for horticultural education, inspiration, and enjoyment.
Construction of the three-story house and carriage house was done by C. A. Bates, a San Jose contractor, at a cost of $6,039. The property was then outside the city limits, and special arrangements were made to have electricity extended to the house – the first one south of Embarcadero Road, other than the Seale Ranch. In 1908, Walter A. Hoff designed the formal gardens.
Over the years, more small buildings were added to the property, and the house was enlarged. Since becoming a public property in 1985, the gardens have been completely restored, and paths, irrigation, and lighting added. Along with structural repairs to the older buildings, newer additions include a gazebo, tool house, and horticulture office.
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