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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
+1 510-238-3208
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Pleasant Park

Pleasant park along the splendid Lake Merritt. Not one of the lake best spots, but it's OK... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Thomas V
Oakland, California
Love the music

Lake Merritt, Children's Fairy Land, the Garden Center and The Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Once... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
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One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“bonsai garden” (5 reviews)
“lake merritt” (11 reviews)
“roses” (3 reviews)
666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
+1 510-238-3208
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Pleasant park along the splendid Lake Merritt. Not one of the lake best spots, but it's OK. Sometimes not is such great condition.

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Lake Merritt, Children's Fairy Land, the Garden Center and The Edoff Memorial Bandstand. Once again attended the July 4th concert performed by The Oakland Municipal Band. The band has performed at the bandstand for 106 years. The bandstand is perfect, the surrounding lawns and trees...More

Thank Marwalker2
Reviewed 8 May 2017

I came here for the 70th Annual Spring Rose Show on 5/7/17, located on the Lakeside Park Garden Center. There were plenty of beautiful roses displayed on vases and picture frames. A couple of the roses were in bowls of water. Outside the garden center...More

Thank Ang1370
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The bonsais are very impressive. They are very detailed in terms of replicating the image of larger trees. It will take you some time to go through all of them.

Thank Sam T
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have been to the lake for years, but only discovered the garden few month ago. It's a nice garden with one area for bonsai exhibition. I believe it's heavily relies on volunteers to maintain it, thus, still has room to improve...

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Garden is not well kept but it is like a forgotten hide away. Around the paths there are benches to rest and watch the birds. Not a fancy garden but a nice quiet walk. Forget you are in the city. Bring your friends and relax.

Thank Rosa B
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Small oasis from walk around Lake Merritt. Enjoyed the collections of Vireya Rhododendron in blooms. Beautiful paths through sections of succulent, palms, roses, Japanese garden, and a community garden. Wonderful place to sit and relax awhile.

1  Thank drKSG
Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is an area near Lake Merritt in Oakland. It seems like they try to make it a nice place for locals, but it's a little sketchy around this area. You pay to park here, and then you can walk around Lake Merritt. It's too...More

Thank ClintPage
Reviewed 18 February 2016

I take breaks here during the work day, and occasionally on the week-ends. And truth be known, I have stooped and stretched to do a little volunteer work in the gardens. And this is a multitude of gardens - from the Master Gardeners test beds...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Much thought was put into making this Asian influenced garden retreat a beautiful place in which to take a break.

Thank NYY07
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18 December 2015|
Response from RubyDuo |
Oops. Nope, that is 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 You can see pictures at the Fairyland web site. I still have a key to the talking boxes which is what got me looking.