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 […]

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 […]

Introducing Our New Volunteer Coordinator: Susi Bryer

Hi Susi Bryer, welcome to our blog! We’re excited to have you with us. Congratulations on your recent appointment as Volunteer Coordinator for The Gardens at Lake Merritt, we’ve looked a long time to find someone as qualified as you are!

Can you tell us about your gardening experience and horticultural education?

I’ve always loved being in […]

New-Volunteer Recruitment Evening: Tuesday August 18

If you miss having your hands in garden dirt, we invite you to think about volunteering with The Gardens at Lake Merritt! We are holding our second new-volunteer recruitment evening in the Garden. We are looking for garden volunteers as well as volunteers for the Autumn Light Festival in October.

Tuesday, August 18

5:30 pm to […]

Summer in the Gardens

Our beautiful gardens are in vibrant bloom – or should we say, “vibrating,” considering all the pollinators buzzing among our various gardens corners! Come visit and appreciate all the work we’ve done, to not only create lovely specialty gardens, but also create habitat for our diminishing pollinators. Our Monarchs have largely migrated away, but the […]