October 2016

Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who came out and supported our Autumn Lights Festival 2016!  Almost 9000 of you came, saw and wondered at the light and magic created by our generous Bay Area artists to support our garden.  Even in the rain on Saturday, thousands came and enjoyed the mist and sparkles that […]

August 2016

March 2016

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 […]

December 2015

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, […]

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 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.

The green glass chrysalis replica necklace has real […]

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 […]

October 2015

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, […]

September 2015

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 […]