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 light show during our Autumn Lights Festival. Free general admission to Gardens daily.

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Save the Date: Autumn Lights Festival, October 16-17, 2015

“I walked among the dimly lit oaks with distant music drifting in the air. I thought how very much I liked the Oakland that was being created before my eyes. The event was multiracial and free-spirited; the sculpture sang in the balmy night…My, it was gaudy. The exhibits glowed and sparkled and occasionally talked. The variations in the light sculptures were inventive and surprising, and the people walking around in the dark were mysterious and cheerful. We are making our own traditions over here. The Autumn Lights Festival at the Gardens at Lake Merritt was a community celebration. Magic is all over — just look.”
Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 October, 2014


Like thousands of other attendees, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and East Bay resident Jon Carroll took a few hours on an October evening last year to see Oakland in a new light. The 2015 Festival will be a two-night […]

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Introducing Our New Volunteer Coordinator: Susi Bryer

Hi Susi Bryer, welcome to our blog! We’re excited to have you with us. Congratulations on your recent appointment as Volunteer Coordinator for The Gardens at Lake Merritt, we’ve looked a long time to find someone as qualified as you are!

Can you tell us about your gardening experience and horticultural […]

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New-Volunteer Recruitment Evening: Tuesday August 18

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 our second new-volunteer recruitment evening in the Garden. We are looking for garden volunteers as well as volunteers for the Autumn Light Festival in October.

Tuesday, […]

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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 […]