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With the temperatures warming up and daylight savings starting March 12, alfresco activities beckon.

For 2017, the theme for Gamble’s spring tour is Gather in the Garden.

 

1. Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Sign up for a hike at the 583-acre Djerassi property in Woodside: a 2-mile excursion (free) covering about 25 works, the more extensive director’s tour ($50 to $60) that also offers a look at the artists’ studios; the “everything” hike ($50) that explores 40-plus sculptures and focuses on the flora and fauna, or the Station’s Loop 4-mile hike (free) that includes trails rarely open to the public. djerassi.org

2. Filoli
The historic Woodside estate and gardens recently opened for the 2017 season. Upcoming attractions include Saturday nature hikes March 11 and 25, as well as April 8 and 22. Additionally, a bird walk is scheduled for April 29. Each outing $10-$20, filoli.org

3. Gamble Garden 

The Palo Alto organization’s annual spring tour, featuring visits to five private gardens, takes place April 28 and 29 (tickets $35 in advance, $45 the day of). A preview party will be held April 27 for donors at the $250+ level (who also receive two tour tickets). gamblegarden.org

4. Hakone

Starting up again April 16, the oldest Japanese estate and garden in the Western Hemisphere, located in Saratoga, will host public tea ceremonies the third Sunday of every month, through November. $7 per person, plus $8-$10 garden admission fee, hakone.com

5. Gray Whale Kayak Tour

Every spring—March, April and May—Santa Cruz Kayak offers tours that coincide with the gray whales’ migration. The adventure starts at Davenport Landing. $75 per person, santacruzkayak.com

 

Originally published in the March/April issue of Silicon Valley

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