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Address: 666 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
Phone Number: 510-238-3208
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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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lost steps in the garden

Garden is not well kept but it is like a forgotten hide away. Around the paths there are benches to rest and watch the birds. Not a fancy garden but a nice quiet walk. Forget... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2016
Rosa B
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Garden is not well kept but it is like a forgotten hide away. Around the paths there are benches to rest and watch the birds. Not a fancy garden but a nice quiet walk. Forget you are in the city. Bring your friends and relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Small oasis from walk around Lake Merritt. Enjoyed the collections of Vireya Rhododendron in blooms. Beautiful paths through sections of succulent, palms, roses, Japanese garden, and a community garden. Wonderful place to sit and relax awhile.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

This is an area near Lake Merritt in Oakland. It seems like they try to make it a nice place for locals, but it's a little sketchy around this area. You pay to park here, and then you can walk around Lake Merritt. It's too bad they can't keep the mentally ill from bugging people here, but it can be... More 

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Hercules, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I take breaks here during the work day, and occasionally on the week-ends. And truth be known, I have stooped and stretched to do a little volunteer work in the gardens. And this is a multitude of gardens - from the Master Gardeners test beds and community veggie beds, to the Bonsai garden; California natives and habitat for pollinators (see... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Much thought was put into making this Asian influenced garden retreat a beautiful place in which to take a break.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

October 2015 was the fourth annual Festival of the Lights, and the turnout had built so that thousands attended. I waited in line for 45 minutes to get in, and I had purchased a ticket in advance. The crowd was mostly very attractive young people in their 20's and 30's attending with friends and dates... many came over from San... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

I visited late summer. Gardens were in full bloom. Seating spaces were conducive to meditation, reading, resting. Very well laid out and even though there were several summer childrens groups visiting, their was not interference for a quiet walking visit.

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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I love this garden area in the middle of Lake Merritt. They have some beautiful displays and great classes on certain weekends.

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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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Thank Allison W
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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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