March 2015

Our Rhododedrons’ Story

The story of the collection of rhododendron species—and hybrids—at the Gardens at Lake Merritt reveals a unique interplay of three elements: there is a benign climate, there are energetic volunteers and park staff, and there’s allure of the plants themselves.

As a result of these dynamics, rhododendrons that struggle in colder and hotter climates thrive in […]

March in the Gardens

March is springing forth, and with it comes the burgeoning color and life in our Pollinator garden. This garden is a big program focus at Oakland’s Gardens at Lake Merritt, especially this month leading up to the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, where our Pollinator Posse, the Oakland Museum, the Gardens at Lake Merritt and […]

2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Event

Educational Hands-On Activities – Kids Can Build A Bee Hotel, Explore Insects, Make Pollinator Cookies And More!
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show takes over the San Mateo County Event Center, Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22, celebrating 30 years. This year’s show has gone wild for the little ones […]

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 […]

New Neighbors Move In

The Gardens at Lake Merritt are well-known as a showcase for many species of flora.  Recently, a leaky, resource-wasting water feature– designed in a day when few questioned the constant draining, cleaning and refilling involved in maintaining decorative ponds– was transformed into a habitat for several species of  fauna– dragonflies, damselflies and tree frogs.

What started as […]

February 2015

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 […]

Beauty in the Mediterranean Garden

Beauty in the Mediterranean Garden

Japanese Garden

Step through the traditional Japanese wooden gate at the back of the Gardens at Lake Merritt, and become mesmerized by the soothing sounds of a koi pond fountain. A small arched and bridge and waterfall add to the soundscape. Colorful flowers and soaring trees help create the serenity that is the traditional focus of a […]

Gardens Featured in Short Documentary

Academy of Art College student Todd Anthony created this fantastic 2 minute documentary about the Gardens for a class project. Featuring aerial videography by Aaron Jae, the video offers a great peek into the gardens and a view of how they fit into the larger Oakland community.

January 2015

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 […]