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Address: 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
Phone Number: 510-238-3208
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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Garden Center

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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