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“Oldest Bonsai Tree is 400 years old.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lakeside Park and Garden Center

Lakeside Park and Garden Center
666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA
510-238-3208
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Ranked #17 of 116 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.
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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“Oldest Bonsai Tree is 400 years old.”
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.

Visited August 2013
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oakland
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20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Very nice public garden with lots of different areas”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Oakland, California
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“Secret Garden”
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.

Visited April 2013
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Oakland, California
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“Quiet and Accessible”
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 throughout the year. For bonsai lovers, there's that too.

Visited December 2012
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“A hidden gem”
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.

Visited October 2012
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