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 […]

The Gardens at Lake Merritt

The Green Heart of Oakland

The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a seven-acre collection of themed gardens, is conveniently located in the heart of Oakland at Lakeside Park, our nation’s first wildlife refuge.

Established more than a half century ago, the Gardens serve as a source of great regional pride, a cultural and educational center and a place to […]

August Garden Events and Gardening Tips

August Special Events
Wild Oakland  Free Guided Pollinator Walk in the Gardens Saturday, August 10, noon-2:00. 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 Posse, a […]

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 […]

July Garden Events and Gardening Tips

July Special Events
Golden Gate Lily Society Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, noon-5pm, in the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free admission.

Sydney Mitchell Iris Society Sale, Friday, July 26, 7:30pm in the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free admission.

Managing Pests in Your Garden Safely, Saturday, July 27, noon-1pm: Want to learn more about what is […]

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, […]

May Garden Events and Gardening Tips

May Special Events
SPRING ROSE SHOW! Sunday, May 5, from 1-5pm, at the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free to the public. Themed “Fairy Tales,” The East Bay Rose Society’s 66th Annual Spring Flower Show is designed to be fun for the whole family. Roses will be displayed by Society members, along with donations from Oakland’s very own jewel, the […]

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 […]

April Garden Events and Gardening Tips

April Special Events

American Rhododendron Society Show and Plant Sale- April 20-21, Noon to 4 p.m., April 20; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21 at  the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Many fragrant rhododendrons for sale including tropical vireyas.  Don’t miss the colorful display of species and hybrids. Educational exhibit and raffle prizes. Free to the public.

Earth […]

The Green Heart of Oakland for Fifty Years

Discover a Hidden Jewel in the City of Oakland, California

The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a seven-acre collection of themed gardens, is conveniently located in the heart of Oakland at Lakeside Park, our nation’s first wildlife refuge.

Established more than a half century ago, the Gardens serve as a source of great regional pride, a cultural and educational […]