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Meet-Up Group for Volunteers at the Gardens!

There is a new Meet-Up Group for volunteers for the garden – follow this link and join us to get a small, manageable project to work on with some new or old friends! This Satuday at 10:30 is the first one! We’ll get started with a 1 hour informational and instructional talk by Andrea Hurd […]

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 Posse a few years back, […]

Our Monarch Program Takes Flight!

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 […]

Numbskull Art Car With Us for Autumn Lights!

Rolling Stone Magazine‬ reported from ‪the Burning Man Festival this year‬: “Cruising around the playa at night in a mutant vehicle like ‘The Numbskull’ — an art installation on wheels created by Craig Backer — is, um, a no-brainer.”
Craig brought the art car to the front of the gardens during the Autumn Lights Festival this year!

Karen Cusolito Brings Her Giant Steel Flower!

Artist Spotlight
Oakland Autumn Lights Festival

Karen Cusolito’s powerful Giant Floral Metal Sculpture will tower over people arriving at Autumn Lights this year, outside the garden gate! What an introduction to the festival.

Karen’s art has taken many forms, from painting and mixed media to the large-scale steel sculptures she’s presently developing. Karen finds drawing to be […]

Gray Davidson’s Flaming Serpent

We are excited to have Gray Davidson’s Dancing Serpent at Autumn Lights, fresh off the Playa! This is his 2015 art project for #BurningMan festival. Gray Davidson recently moved to the Bay Area to take advantage of the strong local community focused on industrial, technological and performance arts. Gray’s most recent sculpture, The Dancing Serpent, […]

Keiko Nelson’s Magic is Back for Autumn Lights

World-famous artist Keiko Nelson is one of our most renowned artists, with recent installations in Cairo and Kyoto. This years she is again exploring the theme of world peace. Keiko plans an elaborate lighted construction of doves that floats over the Japanese garden pond. The art and light piece will be made of made of […]

Laney College’s Lanterns in the Sensory Garden

Mud Light Lanterns is a group of clay artists connected to Laney College in Oakland. They each construct a beautiful, individually illuminated art piece. All these the lanterns will be nestled throughout our Sensory Garden during our Autumn Lights Festival October 16-17, lighting everything with a magical, soft glow. We are excited to welcome these […]

Bonsai Garden Opens for Autumn Lights

The Bonsai Gardens at the Gardens at Lake Merritt celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year and will be open with docent guided tours during Autumn Lights. The glowing Japanese lanterns among the Bonsai that can be hundreds of years old – this is a sight to behold! The GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is […]

Join us at the Autumn Lights Festival, October 16-17, 6-11 PM

“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 […]