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Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden

Palo Alto Wedding Venue
1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, California 94301

Contact: Wedding Coordinator
Phone: 650/329-1356 x201
www.gamblegarden.org
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Why We Like This Place

The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is one of the most perfect garden ceremony/reception sites we’ve seen. Miss Gamble, granddaughter of the co-founder of the Procter & Gamble Company, willed the home and its grounds to the City of Palo Alto. The estate is now run by the Elizabeth F. Gamble Horticultural Foundation.

The main house is a 1902 Colonial/Georgian Revival-style structure built in a lovely, older residential area of Palo Alto. Inside, a dining room, drawing room and library are available for receptions. Each room has been carefully restored using colorful, turn-of-the-century reproduction wallpapers. Dark natural wood wainscoting has been returned to its original splendor and there are graceful, molded ceilings and nicely finished oak floors throughout. Each room has its own fireplace. A set of French doors in the Library opens onto a brick porch that leads down to the first of many beautifully landscaped spaces.

Our favorite spots are the formal and informal gardens—the collective work of a full-time horticulturist and 300 volunteers. Each separately landscaped area feels like a private secret garden: The rose garden (with its 100 species of roses), the wisteria garden, and the Victorian grotto—separately or combined—provide elegant settings for small wedding ceremonies and receptions.

After the ceremony, guests are invited to gather at the Tea House, where hors d’oeuvres and beverages are served. The bride and groom often slip away from the festivities at this time for a quiet moment together in the Gazebo, an Edwardian-inspired garden house.

The reception is usually held at the Carriage House. While the buffet is set up inside, guests are seated on the adjoining brick terrace. Five sets of French doors make it easy for people to move indoors and out, giving them the feeling of being in a garden pavilion.

Miss Gamble succeeded in creating a place of serenity and beauty. We recommend it highly.

Capacity

Ceremony

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 50
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 50

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 50
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 50
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 50
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 50

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 50

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Wisteria Garden, Rose Garden, Tea House Patio and Carriage House each hold 50 seated or standing guests; the Drawing Room holds 30 seated or standing guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility hosts events for up to 50 guests.

Fees & Deposits

For events, to secure a date the rental fee is due with a signed contract. The rental fee on Saturdays and Sundays is $1,200 for an 8-hour block; Monday–Friday daytime, $100/hour; weekday evenings, $600 minimum.

For meetings and business functions, fees vary based on rooms rented and rental time frames; call for more details.

Location Uses

Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners

Services/Amenities

Catering: BYO
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: screen, wireless
Parking: lot
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: renter or caterer
View: Edwardian gardens

Site Views

Fountain/Water Feature
Garden
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds
Park

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Garden
Historic/Landmark Building
Private Estate

Restrictions

Alcohol: BYO wine, beer or champagne; no beer kegs in main house
Smoking: not allowed
Music: acoustic only; no amplified or recorded music
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required
Other: rose petals only (no rice, birdseed, etc.)

Some Essential Info
Catering

BYO

Alcohol

BYO

Amplified Music

Acoustic Only

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Availability

Year-round, daily. For weddings, Saturdays and Sundays, noon–10pm and Monday–Friday 4pm–10pm. For other weekday functions, Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm; Friday, 9am–4pm.



Alternate Info: Elizabeth Gamble Garden