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 a.m. - 4:00 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