Gardens at Lake Merritt are open M-F 7:30 - 3:30
Closed on weekends due to budget cuts until further notice.
Lake Merritt shoreline and Lakeside Park have many plants and trees of interest, but the highlight of plant life at the lake is in the gardens, which includes a superb Bonsai Garden, Community/Edible Garden, Japanese Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Lakeside Palmetum, Rhododendron Garden, Sensory Garden, Succulent Garden, Vireya Display Garden, Pollinator Garden, and Bay Friendly Demonstration Garden.
Current workday volunteer offerings for individuals and small groups are: First Saturday in Mediterranean, Edible and Succulent Gardens, 9:30 – 12:30; Third Saturday in Edible and Sensory Gardens, 9:30 - 12:30.
Contact gardensatlakemerritt (new improved website)
Detailed map of gardens
Autumn Lights Festival Photos
ASK A MASTER GARDENER (Canceled due to Covid Restrictions) Wednesdays in the Community/Trials Garden at Lakeside Park. The certified Master Gardener volunteers will be on-site to answer your gardening questions. For more Master Gardener and gardening information, visit this link --- Alameda County Master Gardeners. Info brochures available during Lakeside Park Garden hours. Fliers are in 'Help Yourself!' container. Self Guided Tour maps of the Trials Gardens are available on-site.
NEW Four Part Documentary on GLM below
Gardens & Guardians at Lake Merritt, Part One
Intro to Gardens, the GLM Gate Project, Bonsai Garden Intro, Re-potting Demo, Suiseki Exhibit, Bonsai Collection Tour.
Gardens & Guardians at Lake Merritt, Part Two
Oakland East Bay Garden Center Inc, Friends of Gardens at Lake Merritt, Sensory Garden, Mediterranean Garden, Autumn Lights Festival, Pollinator Posse, Butterflies
Gardens & Guardians at Lake Merritt, Part Three
The Garden Classroom: Insects, Japanese Garden, Aesthetic Pruning & Rock Display, Master Gardener, Urban Edible Garden, Photo Field trips.
Gardens & Guardians at Lake Merritt, Part Four
How to Volunteer, Dahlia & Palmetum volunteers, GLM Birds, Tora Rocha Stories: Succulent Surprise, Pokémon Go GLM. GLM History / Credits
The Gardens at Lake Merritt
Lakeside Park Garden Center
built in 1959, has been a hot-house for the germination and cultivation of horticultural beauty in the Bay Area... The Garden Center hosts garden shows, public and private events. Garden Center is available for rental, contact (510) 238-2218. Closed to public during COVID
Bonsai Garden, inside Gardens at Lake Merritt, home to some of the finest Bonsai on the West Coast. Built, staffed and maintained by volunteers. Open Tuesday - Friday 11 - 3; Saturday 10 - 3:30; Sunday Noon to 3:30. Call (510)763-8409 to arrange special group tours.