Visit to Gamble Garden
in Palo Alto:

New Year Day Haikus

By Peter Y. Chou

On New Year Day 2008, Connie and I went to Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto for a free concert, "Prodigies"— music of Mozart & Mendelssohn by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. We arrived at 2:30 pm for the concert and the line was already coiling around the church. Then they announced that the church is full but some seats were left reserved for church members. I suggested a visit to nearby Gamble Garden at 1431 Waverley Street. It was my first visit there as my friend Susan had told me this is one of her favorite gardens in the Bay Area. Here are my photos (click for enlargement) and haikus written at Gamble Garden. I forgot to take photos of the Compassion Rose and the Bottle Brush plant, and have borrowed images from the Web, until my next visit. (Panorama View; Garden Map)

Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto

Susan's favorite
garden— Now I understand
why— It's beautiful!
Rose Garden, Gamble Garden
"Rosa Compassion", Climber, 1974
Photo from:

Soft pink petals with
spiral bud just blooming
to wish "Happy New Year!"

Grand Oak Area, Gamble Garden
Woven Willow Hut

I emerge from this
Woven Willow Hut as if
I'm in Tahiti.
Grand Oak Area, Gamble Garden
Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

This grand oak is so
monumental— I call it
this garden's sentinel.

Ornamental Beds, Gamble Garden
Hemerocallis "Huapango"
Photo from:
Bottle Brush (Callistemon citrinus)

Orange thistle cone
standing upright in the sun—
a dishwashing brush!
Shade & Sun Garden, Gamble Garden
Topiary Bunny at corner of Tea House

A green bush all trimmed
like a Easter Bunny— Hi!
Peter Cottontail!

Mediterranean Garden, Gamble Garden
Giant Coreopsis (Coreopsis gigantean)
Asteraceae, S. California Baja
A slender 5 feet tall tree with
a 10-petal yellow flower on top

Here's a princess tree—
soft green herb-like foliage
with flower on her hair.
Gazebo, Gamble Garden
with vines Sweet Autumn Clematis (C. terniflora)
and Porcelain Berry (Ampelopsis brevipeduncelata)

This gazebo near
the garden's center is like
a general's lookout.

Shade & Sun Garden, Gamble Garden
Frog Fountain sprouting musical bubbles

Lotus leaf fountain
with frog spewing out water—
plop, plop, bubbles, plop!
Mediterranean Garden, Gamble Garden
Euphorbia Lambil Lambii

Monster midget tree
without leaves but branches
clawing like octopus.

The Gamble House, Gamble Garden
Colonial/Georgian house built in 1902
Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)
near entrance & in the distance at right
Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

Dad was born the year
this house was built guarded
by a tall Date Palm tree.
Wisteria Garden, Gamble Garden
Octagonal Fountain Pool
Fountain of Life

Octogonal pool
reflects the blue sky, cirrus
clouds and leaves from trees.

Cherry Allée, Gamble Garden
Gamble family Sundial with
Omar Khayyam's Rubayait LXXI quote

The moving finger writes; and having writ,
moves on: nor all your piety nor wit
shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
nor all your tears wash out a word of it.

Time waits for no one
so be timeless and fly north—
centered in the Sun.

— Peter Y. Chou, Palo Alto, January 1, 2008

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