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.

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March in the Gardens

March is springing forth, and with it comes the burgeoning color and life in our Pollinator garden. This garden is a big program focus at Oakland’s Gardens at Lake Merritt, especially this month leading up to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, where our Pollinator Posse, the Oakland Museum, the Gardens at Lake Merritt and our Morcom Rose Garden have been invited to create a huge space for education on the importance of Pollinators. Check out all we have planned: http://sfgardenshow.com/kids/ March 18-22 in San Mateo.

While there are many beautiful, more formal themed gardens ringing the center of the Gardens at Lake Merritt, the middle of the garden holds a big area for a wild and crazy pollinator habitat garden. Pollinators – bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects – are in decline and threatened because their habitats are being destroyed by widespread weed spraying and urban sprawl. But you wouldn’t know […]

Featured Artist

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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

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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

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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 […]