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Youth Moving Boulders to Beautify Gardens

Young adults from the Piedmont Community Service Crew (Venturers), a coed service program for youth 14-21 and operating under the Piedmont Council of Boy Scouts of America,  joined with gardeners to enhance the Torii Gate Garden with a set of large rock features. It was a big job.

Lead volunteer gardener for the Torii Garden, Peter […]

Fall Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips provided by the Alameda County Master Gardeners
Fall moving into Winter: These months complete the summer harvest but are the best time to get the garden ready for spring.

The summer harvest continues but the end is in sight. As you harvest, clean up all debris; it hides bugs and diseases.
Continue to care for cool season […]

Welcome to The Torii Gate


The Torii is a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entry to a Shinto shrine and marks the entrance to a sacred space. The original Torii Gate was a gift to the City of Oakland in 1969 from the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Fukuoka, Japan, Oakland’s sister city. The gate was rebuilt in […]

Enchanting Angel’s Trumpet

Article by Tricia Christopher, Landscape Architect and Designer of the Mediterranean Garden

Enjoy the fragrance, beauty and mysterious enchantment of the exotic Brugmansia (also called Angel’s Trumpet).

What could be more captivating than the idea of a flower looking like an angel’s trumpet? This is the romantic name given to Brugmansia, a plant known for it’s large, […]

Youth Improving Their Community

  Thank you Oakland Tech InterAct Club. A  pleasure being in the Gardens with you. Great job in the Sensory Garden, removing the early fall weeds before the rains, deadheading the mint, sage and germander and preening the camellias for winter beauty by removing spider webs, leaves and dust from the summer. Thank you very […]

Alameda County Master Gardeners Fall Seminar: October 20

Digging Deeper: Revitalizing the Urban Garden
The ACMG 10th Annual Fall Seminar on Bay Area Gardening:

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8:30am to 3pm in the Garden Center at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Cost for all day seminar: $45
Lunch optional (provided by The Mixing Bowl, Oakland): $10.50 

Alameda County Master Gardeners 10th Annual Bay Area Gardening Seminar 2012 promises a […]

Exclusive Invitation to the Autumn Lights Festival for Garden Gnomes

Special Offer for Newsletter Subscribers
Join us for the Autumn Lights Festival in The Gardens at Lake Merritt on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 6-10PM, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland.
You are considered one of The Garden’s special friends and as such you will get an extra drink ticket if you whisper to the receptionist, “I am a Garden Gnome.”

Imagine […]

Autumn Lights Festival in The Gardens: October 13, 6-10pm


Imagine the Gardens at night filled with lanterns, carved and lit gourds, ponds glowing from submerged bubbles, and electric fireflies flickering in the trees; all created by local artists. Join us in The Gardens at Lake Merritt for Oakland’s Autumn Lights Festival on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 6-10PM.

For the first time ever, see the Gardens beautifully […]

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 […]

September Garden Events and Gardening Tips

September Special Events
September 16, Sunday, 2:30pm (gates open at 2:00): Symphony Sunday in The Gardens. Music in the Gardens at Lake Merritt (at Lakeside Park Garden Center) with Michael Morgan & The Oakland East Bay Symphony featuring the Oakland Jazz Choir. Tickets $10 per person. Order online at https://www.trilogyticketing.com/oakland/ Bring the family and a picnic for a delightful afternoon […]