Welcome to the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Come join us to see seven acres of unique and beautiful themed gardens. Free general admission to Gardens daily.

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Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who came out and supported our Autumn Lights Festival 2016!  Almost 9000 of you came, saw and wondered at the light and magic created by our generous Bay Area artists to support our garden.  Even in the rain on Saturday, thousands came and enjoyed the mist and sparkles that the rare moisture added to the evening.  We love you all, and thanks for loving us!  See you next October, tickets will go in sale September 1st.

ALF 2016
ALF 2016
ALF 2016The Biotron by Erick Dunn. Photo by Masaki Omori.

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Welcome to The Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden at Lakeside Park has been redesigned to utilize drought tolerant Mediterranean and native plants that  provide fragrance, sound and color for the senses. The garden is organized to offer the visitor a succession of experiences. […]

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The Pollinator Garden

The Pollinator garden is a big focus of The Gardens at Lake Merritt. While there are many beautiful more formal themed gardens ringing the garden space, the center of the garden holds a big area for a wild and crazy pollinator garden. Our park director Tora Rocha founded The Pollinator […]