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.

Our Monarchs in Winter

We have been working for years to foster our Monarch butterfly population, and this year it is going kind of crazy! Over the past three years, we planted milkweed, and the beautiful creatures came.  We picked up caterpillars and protected them indoors, until the chrysalises broke open with more Monarchs.  Monarchs migrate out in the summer, and back in the winter.

We released 30 Monarchs the first year, 300 the second year and in 2015 over 900.  They are back now, on their mysterious trip from Mexico to British Columbia.   We now have evening clusters of Monarchs in our Dawn redwood trees. The clusters are usually only seen at major coastal California overwintering sites like Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove and Pismo Beach. There is a smaller site at the San Leandro Golf course and a spot in Berekeley. Ours is smaller, and we are told by the The Xerces Society that they […]

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Chrysalis Necklaces

Our Chrysalis Necklace Fundraiser
We invite you to help our pollinator dreams take flight by ordering one of these incredible Chrysalis necklaces!  A perfect holiday gift, 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.

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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 […]