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 daily 8 - 4 p.m. winter hours.
starting March 15, open hours 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Volunteer Gardening at Lake Merritt
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
2017 & 2018 Autumn Lights Festival Photos
Orchid Show photos
Azalea Bonsai Show 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
2019 Hillside Gardeners Tour
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fund raiser supports Gardens at Lake Merritt non-profits.
The Ups and Downs of Hillside Gardening! This year’s biennial garden tour offers seven amazing Oakland home gardens. Four of the gardens on this self-guided tour are located in the historic Fernwood District, three others offer dramatic hillside terrain. Visitors will find habitat for native birds, 🐝s and butterflies, creative use of color and garden objects, drought tolerant plants, an innovative irrigation system and a clever repurposed children’s climbing structure that is now a coop for exotic chickens!
SignUp & Info
IN THE NEWS: Tora Rocha receives KPIX Jefferson Award for her Pollinator Posse community work. March 7.
Check Calendar for Garden Club meetings
Plants of Merritt (3 min 30 sec) slideshow video