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February in the Gardens

Tucked in a back corner of the garden, under a special wooden shelter, we have the largest outdoor collection of Vireyas in the continental United States. They have just burst into bloom. Come visit soon, and prepared to be stunned!

Vireyas are a special kind of tropical rhododendron native to islands between Asia and Australia, and […]

Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 20th 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Come join us for a day of service in the gardens. Activities include: weeding, mulching and much MUCH more.

Come and join our community as we celebrate MLK in the Gardens at Lake Merritt.

Download our helpful MLKday Volunteer Flier or email us at gardensatlakemerritt@gmail.com for more information.

Snacks and Refreshments provided […]

Lepidoptera! -Slides by Jan Washburn

California Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents Lepidoptera! – Slides by Jan Washburn

Thursday October 21, 2010 7:30 PM
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
Lepidoptera is the insect order that contains the butterflies andmoths. The Lepidotpera are the most recently evolved order of insects, havingarisen (presumably) from the caddisflies. Butterflies and moths are some […]

Be The Change day – Redwood Habitat Restoration

On Saturday October 2nd 100 volunteers participated in Be the Change Day at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. The volunteers were arranged by Hands on Bay Area. I would like to thank Hands on Bay Area and the volunteers.  They worked on several projects. This is  the habitat restoration around a bed with three large redwoods.  Before the habitat restoration the bed was turf and ivy.  The volunteers today were predominately from Kaiser Permanente.  Lots of progress in a short time thanks to many hands. […]

Rhododendrons! For the Rest of the Year

Photographer and plantsman Ted Kipping is a Certified & Consulting Arborist who has spent 40 years studying and working with woody plants and their associates. He has journeyed to many parts of the world to botanize and photograph plants and gardens to gain a better understanding. There is a plethora of lovely and visually engaging Rhododendron species […]

Regional Health Education’s Volunteer Service Event at the Gardens at Lake Merritt

On Tuesday August 10th afternoon, a highly motivated group of volunteers from Kaiser Medical Group weeded and sheet mulched a bed in the Rhododendron Garden in the Gardens at Lake Merritt.  There was great support from Oakland Public works in providing tools, cardboard, mulch and making several trips to cart away the green waste.

BGLM 4th Sunday Educational Program

Our 4th Sunday program focuses creating bonsai for beginners, no experience necessary. Local bonsai experts will conduct a class beginning at 1PM in the Garden workroom. Sign up at the Bonsai Garden and join us if you can.

For more information email us at gardensatlakemerritt@gmail.com


Music from Last Years Anniversary Celebration

Great sounds coming from the Palmetum during last years Anniversary Celebration.  Come this Sunday June 6th for more music and a day of varied activities.

Big Changes in the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Big changes are occurring at BGLM. The north end of the path is being redesigned and walled with new large boulders by Bill Castellon and his crew. The new path design will make a more pleasing view of the garden instead of the straight line down the fence line. It also is the initial steps in […]

Volunteer For Outdoor California & Kaiser Permanente Corporate Earth Day April 24th

A group of Kaiser Permanente volunteers working at the Gardens on Saturday.  They were managed by Volunteer Outdoor California. This was a Corporate Earthday Event.  The volunteers sheet mulched several areas, weeded the Succulent Graden, and worked on clearing the area around the fence surrounding the garden. […]