Morcom Amphitheater of Roses

Morcom Amphitheater of Roses

Morcom Amphitheater of Roses
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Tom B
Berkeley, CA407 contributions
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Morcom Amphitheater of Roses ("the rose garden")is located just a block from Grand Avenue in Oakland, California. This part of Grand Avenue is distinguished by its gift shops, book stores, restaurants, all of which lend a unique and attractive neighborhood flavor. The rose garden is also a short walk from the glorious movie theater at the foot of Grand Avenue, and also a short walk from the out-of-doors of of fair and farmer's market located between the theater and Lake Merritt.

I have lived near Oakland since the mid-1960s, mostly in Berkeley and San Leandro. But for reasons unknown, I was not aware of the rose garden until today. Apparently, it is the goal of the "powers that be" to refrain from publicizing Oakland's rose garden. I discovered it by chance, during one of my weekend recreational walks. That said, the rose garden resides in the middle of an upper middle class residential neighborhood, but it resides in a deep gully or valley, so that nearby houses are not much visible. The rose garden is on a slope, where the slope has been leveled off at three areas, to produce a row of terraces, where the row goes from west (lowest part) to east (highest part). There are two small buildings (a restroom and, from what I can guess, a shed for storing supplies). On the north slope is a beautiful water fountain. The rose beds are defined by asphalt walkways, and beyond that, are well-groomed grassy areas, where the tourist interested in meditation can sit for a while. There are not any designated picnic areas, though the rose garden can be reserved for weddings.

Now regarding the roses, these reside in about a dozen distinctly marked flower beds. Near each rose bush is a metal plaque with the name of the rose. Some of the names are, Pink Promise, All That Jazz, Marmalade Skies, Red Devil, Apothecary's Rose, and Sunshine Daydream. The quality of the presentation, as a whole, is as good as that of the rose garden in the Berkeley hills, located on Euclid Avenue, a short walk from the University of California campus.
Written October 26, 2014
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ebk16
Oakland, CA309 contributions
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The Morcom Amphitheater of Roses, created in 1932 as a WPA effort, is nestled in an almost hidden "bowl" on the Oakland/Piedmont border. You will enjoy its classic and classy vibe as you slowly move from bush to bush and stop to smell the heirloom roses - many of which actually DO smell "old school" delicious. Walkways, water features and a newly restored cascade combine to transport you to a beautiful, simpler world.

One entrance at the corner of Oakland Ave. and Olive. The main entrance is a block off Grand Ave. (Ace Garden Center is on the corner).
Written December 3, 2014
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jo9bloe
Oakland, CA6 contributions
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So few people know about this place, it is a must for your "To Do" list. It is small and well cared for and should definitely be viewed in Spring or summer. Please note: Parking sucks!
Written January 16, 2018
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,804 contributions
This is a beautiful park in a residential area, a hillside planted with hundreds of rose bushes, all different colors and varieties. Come in the late spring to get the full effect. Brilliant
Written September 1, 2019
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA27,567 contributions
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I was visiting Oakland for work and had a few extra hours before my flight so I stopped by the Rose Garden. All I can say is WOW!...I had no idea how beautiful it was. Such a nice space to walk around and simply enjoy the flowers or read every label and find the perfect rose for your garden at home. Highly recommend!
Written July 13, 2018
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JenTravels808
California114 contributions
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Tucked away at the end of a small street in Oakland is a gorgeous rose oasis. It's quiet, dramatic, in a bowl shape. A perfect place for meditation, to meet with a friend for a sedate conversation, or just to wander alone amongst all the lovely blossoms. The only downside is that parking is tight.
Written December 24, 2017
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mfags
Oakland, CA114 contributions
Couples
We visit this park each year. It is best in early spring. The rains of the past spring have given the gardens lovely growth and beautiful abundant flowers. The biggest challenge to coming to this park is finding a place to park your car. There is mostly residential parking in the area. Come early on a weekday for best parking.
Written April 25, 2016
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LovesDogsBlueEyesCA
East Bay, Northern CA12 contributions
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People have weddings here, you may luck out and be there at the same time. Benches, reflecting pools, old, young, wild turkeys wander, tourists wander wide eyed, locals gather with their coffee and sometimes you see people doing "tai chi". An enchanting place early morning, all day, but in evening a bit more caution advised, so just exercise reasonable caution, you will be fine. It is so near Piedmont Ave, easy walk from the Ave, so bring your coffee over and maybe you will see the family of hawks....Oh and the roses? Absolutely spectacular!
Written June 3, 2015
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Carol N
Oakland, CA37 contributions
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This is a hidden jewel in Oakland. It is right off the busy Grand Avenue in the shopping area near Lake Merritt and the Piedmont city border. It is very well maintained and has a beautiful assortment of roses. In the spring it just has the most lovely atmosphere. The variety of roses is outstanding and those who are gardeners will love to walk around the area. It is slightly hilly and parking is limited.
Written February 18, 2015
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA13,804 contributions
This is a modest city rose garden in the middle of a densely-populated area. Best in the spring when the roses are in bloom. Watch out for the wild turkey!
Written November 20, 2021
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