Why You'll Love This Place
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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 Edwardian-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.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- $1,200/event and up
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Event duration
The rental fee listed is for an 8-hour block on Saturday or Sunday during May–October.
Any weekday during the day and Saturday or Sunday during November–April is $100/hour; a 6-hour minimum is required.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 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.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The facility accommodates up to 50 guests (75 are allowed twice a month depending on the weather and the type of event).
- Wedding Receptions
- Special Events, Parties
- Business Functions/Meetings
- Rehearsal Dinners
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Year-round, daily. For weddings, Saturday and Sunday, noon–10pm and Monday–Friday 4pm–10pm. For other weekday functions, Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm and Friday, 9am–4pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall/Events Facility
- Historic/Landmark Building
- Private Estate
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest/Wooded Area
- Fountain/Water Feature
- Garden Patio/Courtyard
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride's Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: screen, wireless
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: renter or caterer
View: Edwardian gardens
But take note of the following limitations!
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
Other: rose petals only (no rice, birdseed, etc.)
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