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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
510-238-3208
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Ranked #10 of 48 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of...
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Type: Gardens, Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.

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Piedmont, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is a lovely corner of Lake Merritt which has sections devoted to bonsai, native plants, aromatic gardens and a host of plants. Visitors to Oakland are well advised to "walk the lake" like we natives do and be sure to stop at the gardens.

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San Francisco, California
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I just stumbled upon this little gem. I wondered through the flower gardens in awe , and my heart rate and blood pressure instantly felt like it dropped! Beautiful sunshine filtered through a variety of greenery, very few people around and you hardly notice the ones there. You feel like you have the place to yourself! I sat on a... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The grand stand has great music from time to time and being in the location is peaceful for picnics and almost no need to bring but something to snack on and breath.. views here are great if into flowers especially roses the gardens are great to and what a quiet place in the middle of the city to visit..

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt BGLM Celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year. Thanks to all those volunteers and contributors who make it possible to operate the garden and continue to make it thrive! The GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is the home to some of the finest Bonsai on the west coast. The BGLM, located at Oakland’s Lakeside... More 

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Oakland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

It is worth the time to get here.. Its the best collection I have ever seen. There is always someone in the garden who knows all about them. I think they are all volunteers. This is a treasure for Oakland. bring your friends from out of town If they are into plants this is the collections to see. Tuesday-Friday 11-3pm... More 

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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

One of the top bonsai gardens in the USA is tucked away in this park. So convenient and quiet in the center of the city. Bart station is only a 15 minute walk away.

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FL
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Some amazing trees are on display at the bonsai collection in this park near Lake Merritt. Park free on side street and walk over. Very interesting. The park was cool on a very warm day. Walked through different collections. Community gardens are cared for by specific groups.

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oakland
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19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

It is easy to walk by this place and not know it is there. I would second everything Diane 640 wrote. My daughter gardens a lot and she loves this place. It is not huge like Descanso gardens in BC, but it is very well laid out and full of outdoor rooms created by the plantings.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

These gardens are tucked away in the park at Lake Merritt. I had walked by 100 times before I every ventured in. Once I did I was delighted to find interesting plants and landscapes at each turn. I would highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.

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Oakland, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Just a few steps off busy Grand Ave. past the elaborate and now-defunct fountain, Lakeside Park and Garden Center offers lunchtime solitude or a late afternoon lesiurely beauty stroll. Filled with specimen trees and lovely, varied garden collections, for plant and flower lovers, it's a must. If you are a collector, the Garden Center features iris, orchid and other sales... More 

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