COVID-19 CLOSURES: MOST LAKE MERRITT ORGANIZATIONS ARE CLOSED 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. Open 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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.
Detailed map of gardens
Autumn Lights Festival Photos
ASK A MASTER GARDENER Free.
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every Wednesday
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.
The Gardens at Lake Merritt are tended by
Plants of Merritt (3 min 30 sec) slideshow video