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 day.  The days festivities include:

Gardens tours and demonstrations
Free Lake Merritt sailboat rentals
Complimentary refreshments donated by Whole Foods Oakland
Fun activities at the Nature Center
Live music and more!

Garden Demonstrations for Everyone

Chef Robert Dorsey III will provide a demonstration on creating seasonal salsa from the garden’s freshest herbs.  Victory V. Lee of the People’s Victory Garden will lead a demonstration describing DIY techniques for community gardens that fit a range of budgets.  Christopher Alongi of the French Biodynamic Double Dig garden will bring in chickens and hens to demonstrate best practices for raising feathered friends in your home garden.  Check out the online schedule for a complete listing of demonstrations!

Check the Online Schedule of Activities

We are planning and updating our schedule of activities every week, so be sure to check our online Open House schedule. This online schedule also includes information on the speakers and organizations participating in the Open House.

For a printer-friendly list of the Open House schedule, you can download and print this PDF file of the Schedule.  For a more detailed printer-friendly list with session descriptions, download and print this PDF file of the Schedule Details.

Find the Open House Event on Facebook

You can RSVP to the event on the Facebook Lakeside Park Open House Event page on the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt Facebook page. Even better, help spread the word to all your Facebook friends.

You can also download a PDF flyer for the Open House to print and distribute to your neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you there!