November 9th, 2008

Tree Walk and Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

Tree Walk and Gamble Garden, Palo Alto

Saturday D. and I went on a tree walk in Palo Alto, organized by a cool local tree advocacy group called Canopy. Once a month they get a local tree expert to lead the public on free walks through selected neighborhoods to look at the really cool and notable trees and talk about the proper care of them.

This walk's tree expert was arborist Carol. She told us everything we wanted to know about all the trees we saw.

D.'s pics first, then mine.

Tree huggers, all! 

Hachiya persimmons provide beautiful fall foliage and fruit.

A pair of ginkgo trees hint at the spectacular color to come.

This male ginkgo reverted to a female and grew fruit.  Ginkgo fruit looks like nice little apricots but smells totally disgusting! 

A cork oak tree grows in someone's front yard.  It has really gnarly bark and is the only tree whose outer bark can be removed without killing it.

In another yard, a contorted tea tree is dwarfed by an enormous live oak.

John happened to be out in front of his house when our group came by, and he graciously invited us into his yard to get a closer look at the heritage turkey oak on his property.  He also gave us a little history of the rest of the landscaping (e.g., a large live oak fell over during construction of the house, so he bought another one the same size to replace it, and it weighed 60,000 pounds and needed an enormous crane to plant it at the corner of his house).

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Here's my pics:

The red maples along the curb are past their prime, but the persimmon is just coming into its own.

A gorgeous Chinese pistache.

This Japanese maple is aflame on the overcast day.

Peculiar graffiti on the curb. 

We found a dead bumble bee in the street.  I laid her to rest in a nearby garden.

After the walk was over, we spent some time in Gamble Garden.

First up, a giant topiary bunny.

Then we found their mum garden.  Wow!  A mum-splosion.

These glow like a sunrise.

Is that a mum or a cheerleader's pompom?

So many beautiful mums! 

The queen mum.

Anorexic mums.

So many different shapes and colors.

There were even a few roses.

Some had their own fauna.

There was other fauna there as well.

There was a beautiful agave.

The many shades of autumn.

D. took this pic of a serene vista past a sundial to a fountain.