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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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 […]

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The Torii Gate and Our Sister City

The large vermillion Torii gate serves as a landmark for the entire Gardens of Lake Merritt. Located at the end of the back entry path and at the edge of the forested heart of the garden, it represents the inward journey from the profane to the sacred. The original […]

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New-Volunteer Recruitment Evening: Tuesday June 16

If you miss having your hands in garden dirt, we invite you to think about volunteering with The Gardens at Lake Merritt! We are holding a new-volunteer recruitment evening in the Garden. The first one is
Tuesday, June 16 from 5:30 pm to 7 p.m.

Come learn how you can […]

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Edible Gardens at The Gardens at Lake Merritt

Edible Gardens Along the verdant south edge of The Gardens at Lake Merritt!

Growing organic produce is an enriching and dynamic process offering lots of benefits to gardeners and to the community. Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation is underscoring these benefits with a new demonstration program at its Lakeside Park […]