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Lakeside Park and Garden Center

666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
510-238-3208
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Ranked #12 of 55 Attractions in Oakland
Type: Gardens, Parks
Description: One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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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Oakland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The gardens are amazing - you wouldn't know they were there. As you wander around every corner you come on some new surprise - the banzai building, the palm tree grove, etc.

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Boise, Idaho
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

garden center is very, very nice. didn´t see Fairyland though.

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