Join us as a Volunteer Ambassador on Love Our Lake Day 6.9.13


Love Our Lake Day is taking place on Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 4pm at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park and in the surrounding Oakland neighborhoods. Oaklanders and visitors alike are invited to come play in the car-free streets & parks surrounding Lake Merritt and celebrate the area’s transformation through Measure DD!

On Love Our Lake Day, […]

Join the Committee of Volunteer Coordinators

For more than 50 years, this special garden in the heart of Oakland has been a place that city residents and visitors alike just love to experience as well as contribute to through volunteerism. And it is through the dedicated service of our volunteer force that we are able to keep the Gardens at Lake Merritt […]

Join us for the Lakeside Park Open House on Saturday July 14th

The City of Oakland Parks & Recreation (OPR) and the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt (FGLM) invite you to explore and celebrate Oakland’s oasis at the Lakeside Park Open House, Saturday July 14, 2012, from 11AM to 3PM.


Stroll the gardens and enjoy a variety of family-friendly garden tours, demonstrations, and activities throughout the […]

Be The Change day – Redwood Habitat Restoration

On Saturday October 2nd 100 volunteers participated in Be the Change Day at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. The volunteers were arranged by Hands on Bay Area. I would like to thank Hands on Bay Area and the volunteers.  They worked on several projects. This is  the habitat restoration around a bed with three large redwoods.  Before the habitat restoration the bed was turf and ivy.  The volunteers today were predominately from Kaiser Permanente.  Lots of progress in a short time thanks to many hands. […]

BGLM 4th Sunday Educational Program

Our 4th Sunday program focuses creating bonsai for beginners, no experience necessary. Local bonsai experts will conduct a class beginning at 1PM in the Garden workroom. Sign up at the Bonsai Garden and join us if you can.

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Music from Last Years Anniversary Celebration

Great sounds coming from the Palmetum during last years Anniversary Celebration.  Come this Sunday June 6th for more music and a day of varied activities.

Volunteer For Outdoor California & Kaiser Permanente Corporate Earth Day April 24th

A group of Kaiser Permanente volunteers working at the Gardens on Saturday.  They were managed by Volunteer Outdoor California. This was a Corporate Earthday Event.  The volunteers sheet mulched several areas, weeded the Succulent Graden, and worked on clearing the area around the fence surrounding the garden. […]

Earth Day with HandsOn Bay Area

We had a great work day on Saturday, April 17 in the Torii Gate Garden with volunteers of all ages.

The group was comprised primarily of a team from PG&E.

The major focus of our work was beginning a new stone beach for the pond in the garden.

Volunteers also did some excavation to install some electric conduit, and general weeding.

Everyone pitched in and […]

New Membership Level for Youth – Click the Link to Take our Survey!

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