Karen Cusolito Brings Her Giant Steel Flower!

Artist Spotlight
Oakland Autumn Lights Festival
KAREN CUSOLITO

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 […]

Featured artist: Andrea Hurd

Creating art in the garden has been a part of Andrea Hurd’s life since she was a small girl. Growing up in rural Oregon, creating artistic projects out of natural materials was a form of play. In a high school Art History class, Andrea learned about the Earth Art movement, and became a big fan […]

Edible Garden: Still Beautiful In Winter

Who would have thought the edible garden could still be so fruitful in the middle of winter. The winter crops are plenty. These includes lettuce, celery and some other items. Yadda again.Who would have thought the edible garden could still be so fruitful in the middle of winter. The winter crops are plenty. These includes […]

Music in the Gardens

April 20 and 23 Rock the House will be performing their jazz mixes from their latest album, Moonshine. Join us for this family fun evening. Yadda yadda and more. This is a temp. post just for placement.April 20 and 23 Rock the House will be performing their jazz mixes from their latest album, Moonshine. Join […]

Butterfly Whisperer Brings Monarchs to Gardens and Lakeside Park

Butterflies, beautiful and important pollinators, are thriving in the Gardens thanks to Park Supervisor Tora Rocha and the schoolchildren and garden regulars she has enlisted to help incubate and release some 20 Monarch butterflies.

Each Monarch lays about 1,000 eggs with only one or two making it to adulthood. Fungus, wasps and flies are a Monarch egg’s nemesis. The […]

2014 symphony

The City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation and Mayor Jean Quan will kick-off the City’s Outdoor Concert Series: Sundays in the Redwoods with a special performance in The Gardens at Lake Merritt, Sunday, September 16, 2014 2:30pm.  Will Call and the Gates will open at 2:00. (Note: this is a time change from the […]