Welcome to the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Come join us to see seven acres of unique and beautiful themed gardens. Visit us for a walk, an educational workshop, or a dazzling art show. Free Admission.

Summer in the Gardens

Our beautiful gardens are in vibrant bloom – or should we say, “vibrating,” considering all the pollinators buzzing among our various gardens corners! Come visit and appreciate all the work we’ve done, to not only create lovely specialty gardens, but also create habitat for our diminishing pollinators. Our Monarchs have largely migrated away, but the bees and butterflies and hummingbirds are holding down the fort.

Our famous Bee Hotel has a new sign that is a marker of our partnership with the Oakland Museum down the street. It heralds their bee exhibit, running through the end of the year: Tiny Insect, Big Impact. Check the sign for info about the show and directions to the museum. Did you know the bee hotel is modeled after one in a Paris Garden? http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/bees

The Mediterranean garden is especially beautiful right now, dripping with golden poppies and some red Flanders […]

Featured Artist

  • jade green glass chrysalis

Jude Rose: Glass Artist

Our Chrysalis Necklace Fundraiser
We invite you to help our pollinator dreams take flight by ordering one of these incredible Chrysalis necklaces!  Your purchase supports the work of our Pollinator Posse and the Gardens at Lake Merritt.  The artist generously contributes a third of each sale to us.

The green glass chrysalis replica necklace […]

Featured Event

  • Monarch Butterfly Photo

2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Event

Educational Hands-On Activities – Kids Can Build A Bee Hotel, Explore Insects, Make Pollinator Cookies And More! http://sfgardenshow.com/kids/
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show takes over the San Mateo County Event Center, Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22, celebrating 30 years. This year’s show has gone […]

Featured Garden

  • Rhodo

Our Rhododedrons’ Story

The story of the collection of rhododendron species—and hybrids—at the Gardens at Lake Merritt reveals a unique interplay of three elements: there is a benign climate, there are energetic volunteers and park staff, and there’s allure of the plants themselves.

As a result of these dynamics, rhododendrons that struggle in colder […]