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 […]

Gardens at Lake Merritt in Sunset Magazine Weekend

The Gardens at Lake Merritt will join tens of thousands of Sunset Magazine exhibitors and fans at the magazine’s 2015 Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, June 6th and 7th.

Our Gardens will have a booth, and a few of our treasured ancient Bonsai trees will be part of a featured garden installation. The magazine “comes to […]

Gardens Featured in Short Documentary

Academy of Art College student Todd Anthony created this fantastic 2 minute documentary about the Gardens for a class project. Featuring aerial videography by Aaron Jae, the video offers a great peek into the gardens and a view of how they fit into the larger Oakland community.

Alameda County Master Gardeners Workshops 2014

There will be FREE Saturday Workshops in the Trials Garden this season by the Alameda County Master Gardeners and we hope you can attend. The workshops all start at noon and end at 1pm (unless otherwise indicated) and attendees are asked to please bring a portable or folding chair if possible. See the schedule below:

April […]

Visit us at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show



The Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt will be exhibiting at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show this Wednesday, March 19th through Sunday, March 23rd at the San Mateo Event Center. We will be in Booth #1309 in the Educational Booths section of the Fiesta Hall, and would love to connect with you at […]

Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 20th 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Come join us for a day of service in the gardens. Activities include: weeding, mulching and much MUCH more.

Come and join our community as we celebrate MLK in the Gardens at Lake Merritt.

Download our helpful MLKday Volunteer Flier or email us at for more information.

Snacks and Refreshments provided […]

Autumn Lights Festival Recap and Artist Awards

Thank you to all the attendees, volunteers, sponsors, artists, and performers who supported the Gardens at Lake Merritt by coming out to the Autumn Lights Festival! The two nights of illumination and merriment were quite magical, and we are already looking forward to next year.

Many congratulations to the artist award winners and honorable mentions at the Autumn Lights Festival. Here is a recap of the results as tallied by Lisa at Another Bullwinkel Show:

Mayor’s Choice Winner:
Stan Clark’s “Moon Ornaments”

Mayor’s Honorable Mentions:
Insect Sciences Museum of California’s “Living Insects Painting”
Ashwin Swamy & Eric Thorne’s “Flowing & Glowing Squid”
Kim Webster’s “Blown Glass Succulents”
Andrea Hurd’s “Seed Fountain for Bees”
The Mother & Toddler’s “Carved Gourds”
Sacred Seed’s “Mudlights”

People’s Choice Awards:
First Place:  Kim Webster’s “Blown Glass Succulents”
Second Place:  Stan Clark’s “Moon Ornaments”
Third Place:  Clive Brown’s “Venusian Love Blossom”

Below are some of our favorite images from the event…



Volunteers Needed at the Gardens

We are always looking for volunteers!  Our beautiful garden runs almost entirely by volunteer effort, due to deep budget cuts.  We used to have 17 full-time gardeners, now we have 1.5 to maintain all the lake parklands.  Join us for gardening volunteer days:
9:30 first and third Saturdays, Mediterranean and Sensory Gardens, bring your gloves and join the party.

9:30 […]

Join Wild Oakland for a Pollinator Walk and Talk

Come join Wild Oakland for a walk in the Gardens Saturday, August 10, noon-2:00, and learn what is happening in the plant and pollinator world of Oakland… like the construction of our new bee hotel!

The walk and talk will be led by Tora Rocha, Park Supervisor for the City of Oakland and founder of the Pollinator […]