The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is a non-profit community horticultural foundation. Located in Palo Alto, our 2.5 acre property includes a historic home, carriage house, tea house, and formal and demonstration gardens.
Volunteers are the real heart of Gamble Garden. It was the commitment and persistence of volunteers that created Gamble Garden. It is through their hard work that Gamble continues to thrive. Volunteers are its lifeblood. Volunteering at Gamble Garden is a great way to make a contribution to your community, meet new friends, use your individual talents and learn new skills.
Gamble Garden invites you to read about all of the opportunities to help that are listed below. Email Toni or call Gamble Garden and we will find the perfect place for you as part of the Gamble Garden family of volunteers.
Toni Wisman, Volunteer Outreach – email [email protected] or leave a message for Toni at Gamble Garden – (650) 329-1356 x 0.
Volunteer for our special Spring Tour which will be held in April. Based on last year’s tour, more than 275 volunteers will be needed. Both men and women are welcome; experience is not necessary. Although about half of the volunteers will have helped at previous tours, new volunteers are always needed. Tour volunteers can help as hosts and ticket sellers in the private gardens or with the activities at Gamble Garden. There will be a brief training session for garden hosts, and shifts will be about three hours. See our Events page for more information about the Tour and to sign up.
Contribute to the newsletter. Help with press relations, the web site and outreach programs. Computer skills are helpful.
Participate in developing and scheduling classes. Arrange for speakers, and assist with logistics.
Gamble flower arrangers make technically traditional arrangements. Participation can be weekly or monthly on Mondays as well as Tuesdays the 3rd week of the month.
Gamble Garden Docent
Be available to lead tours twice a month. Docents will receive training.
Volunteers come weekly, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings, 9:00AM to noon. Work in the garden under professional supervision. Some experience is desirable.
Volunteers are needed from 9:00AM to noon weekly or monthly. Library staffers greet visitors and work with the books. Library experience or knowledge is helpful. Gamble uses the Library of Congress system for cataloging books.
Members are a vital part of Gamble’s success. This active committee oversees membership development and member services.
Office “Mary Poppins”
Volunteer weekly to help with phones and clerical tasks. Computer skills are helpful. Help with one-time “spot jobs” on an on-call basis. Join our “coffee-klatch” environment for mailings.
Roots and Shoots
Work with 3rd grade students in the garden on Thursdays. Some knowledge of gardening is desirable.
Assist in planning and staffing events like the annual Spring Garden Tour and the Greens Sale in December or help with one time special events.
Our popular teas are usually sold out well in advance. Help by cooking, working in the kitchen, setting up the tables, serving or being a hostess. Teas are usually monthly (except Jan., Aug, and Nov) with 4 special Holiday teas in December.
For those of you who don’t have time for an ongoing commitment, but would like to volunteer consider joining our spot job list. We maintain a list of volunteers for various short-term events and projects. Sign up and we’ll call you for a valuable, short-term contribution.
The information above can be found on the official website of Elizabeth Gamble Garden. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.gamblegarden.org