AAA’s via Magazine spotlights the Gardens at Lake Merritt as one of California’s top five gardens.

“PARDON OUR WEEDS. NO HERBICIDES USED IN THE PARK, announces a sign at this oasis near the shores of a bejeweled lake. You can wander past rows of vegetables, piles of compost, and, yes, weeds.You may prefer the ruffly red rhododendrons, the three mini‐waterfalls by the serene Torii Gate, the twisted bonsai, or the fragrant lavender in the Sensory Garden, but to me the dark green Swiss chard is a thing of beauty. 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, Calif. (510) 238‐3208,”

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