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“Pleasant Park”

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 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
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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 that provide shade allow you to listen to the music, have a nice picnic and enjoy the views of the lake and the skyline of the city. The band provides 5 - 6 free concerts every summer. Not to be missed.

Thank Marwalker2
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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 is a small bonsai garden. This garden could have been better maintained. Other Japanese gardens would have goldfish in its ponds, but not this one. Much of the leaves were on the water, making it a bit neglected. This garden is in the heart of downtown Oakland and its a quiet place to relax.

Thank Ang1370
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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
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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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