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Help us prepare for the arrival of spring at the Gardens at Lake Merritt by tidying up the gardens.
Our Febuary volunteer clean-ups are for The Mediterranean Garden on Saturday February 6th, 9:00 am – noon, followed by a second volunteer clean-up day on Saturday Feb 20th for The Palmetum from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm […]

Japanese Garden Fence Update

This phase of The Fence and Gate Project is made possible by a grant from the the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.  It is a collaboration between wood working artist Jay van Arsdale, Friends of the Japanese Garden (Bill Castellon, president) and Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation.


Japanese Garden Fence Installation Begins

Recently the Friends of the Japanese Garden and Jay van Arsdale, woodworking artist, were awarded a grant to replace the fence surrounding the garden. Van Arsdale’s Laney College students have been working on the project in their class/shop and some fence post holes were dug yesterday. On Tuesday, Dec 1, the installation will […]

Map of the Gardens at Lake Merritt


1. Bonsai Garden – One of the finest open-air bonsai collections in the United States, and the permanent home of more than 150 outstanding bonsai trees.

2. Community Garden – Large vegetable and flowerbeds showcase organic methods of food
production, and include gardening and composting demonstrations.

3. The Japanese Garden – Members of the Japanese American […]

Japanese Garden Gate Construction Begins

On Friday Sept 25 Jay van Arsdale (left), wood working artist, and Bill Castellon (right), president of Friends of the Japanese Garden, met in the garden to finalize plans for the first section of fence to be replaced. The work, which will be done as a result of the grant from the Creative Work […]

Grant Awarded to Construct New Fence Around Japanese Garden

The Creative Work Fund has awarded a grant of $30,000 to construct a new fence around the Lake Merritt Japanese Garden. These awards are made to Bay Area artists and nonprofit organization for collaborations. In this case the collaboration is between artist Jay van Arsdale who teaches joinery at Laney College and Friends […]

Chorisa speciosa at The Lakeside Palmetum

The Chorisa speciosa at The Lakeside Palmetum is just on the edge of coming into full bloom, and here is one of the first photos of its beautiful flowers. Make sure you get by to see this fantastic tree in full bloom in the coming weeks, and if you can’t make it over to the gardens, check back here as we will be updating this post with more photos in the very near future.

10-07-09 Thanks to Bruce Cobbledick for letting me know that the tree is now if full bloom! I went by yesterday to take more photos of Chorisa speciosa for all to enjoy.

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival

Please join the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association and the Golden State Bonsai Collection North for an Evening of Japanese food, entertainment and moon viewing.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009 – Free + Open to the Public
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA
(Entrance on Grand at Fairyland)

5:30 pm – bonsai Garden & Bento Dinner*
Open House by the […]

Creating a Mediterranean Garden

Master Plan Illustration


The Mediterranean Garden at Lakeside Park

The Mediterranean Garden is the newest garden in the park and is nearing completion. In 1999 Sean O’Hara of the Mediterranean Garden Society (MGS) began investigating the possibility of creating a Mediterranean display garden to reflect the philosophy and aesthetic of the Mediterranean Garden Society, […]