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Address: 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
Phone Number: 510-238-3208
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Description: One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian...
One of the best public gardens in the state offers Japanese, Polynesian, and many other types of gardens.
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Magical place

This is a hidden gem- check out the bonsais. They even offer classes to teach you how to make them. It's great to check out- and I always enjoy a walk around the lake

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a hidden gem- check out the bonsais. They even offer classes to teach you how to make them. It's great to check out- and I always enjoy a walk around the lake

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you want a place in Oakland to just sit and read, or enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants, hard to beat Lakeside Park and Garden Center. It includes a community garden, a scented garden for the blind and others interested in the smell of beauty, a banzai garden, a Japanese garden, and lots of benches tucked away along... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Yes, anything with flowers, trees, animals, so beautiful, at least to me! Good place to admire the beauty of flowers, trees! Thank you dear Lord for creating so many beautiful animals, flowers, trees! As once told Nickolas Flitsch (OCTOPUS) at Sheraton Grand Sacra Hotel, "I not notice many restaurants, I notice nature!" When walk from Sacra Salvation Army back to... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We enjoyed going to this delightful Lakeside Park and Garden Center by Lake Merritt. We parked in the lot by the garden area (it was inexpensive at $2.00 for a couple of hours), so had time to wander the delightful gardens. They are well maintained and a perfect place to see the flowers in bloom. There are all types of... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a lovely garden with seasonal displays and is a part of the overall Lake Merritt locale. See Lake Merritt review to learn more of the area.

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Piedmont, California
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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