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“Nice garden with bonsai exhibition.”

Lakeside Park and Garden Center
Ranked #28 of 128 things to do in Oakland
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Owner description: One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
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
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Reviewed 6 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
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Reviewed 4 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
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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 bad they can't keep the mentally ill from bugging people here, but it can be lovely if you can avoid them.

Thank ClintPage
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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 and community veggie beds, to the Bonsai garden; California natives and habitat for pollinators (see the bee house!!!), it's always interesting and exciting. Birds butterflies, ladybugs, and exuberant nature in the center of the city. Free if you walk in; a couple of bucks to drive in and park. Access to the Lake edge and the aquatic life - from the pesky geese to the strikingly beautiful and loud night herons.
And if you have others in your party who aren't enamored of gardens, Children's Fairyland is adjacent and fun for the wee ones.

Thank Michael W
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