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GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Fascinating Displays

The Bonsai gardens are lovely to see. It’s difficult to imagine how someone can create such a small... read more

Reviewed March 5, 2019
22Janjim20
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Oakland, California
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It was so nice to have there with my family and friends which makes me so happy and having great... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2018
Manish2618
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Anantapur, India
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The Bonsai Garden and Museum at Lake Merritt is one of the largest and finest collections of bonsai in the US. Approximately 90 bonsai and viewing stones (Suiseki) are on display at any given time. Displays are rotated on a seasonal, peak...more
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650 Bellevue Ave, near the Lakeside Garden Center, Oakland, CA 94610-5000
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Reviewed March 5, 2019 via mobile

The Bonsai gardens are lovely to see. It’s difficult to imagine how someone can create such a small world. It’s worth seeing if you’re strolling through Lake Merritt park.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 22Janjim20
George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. All volunteers care for and maintain the bonsai collection. The bonsai garden is the largest public collection on the west coast.

Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

It was so nice to have there with my family and friends which makes me so happy and having great view there

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Manish2618
George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review. The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt offers some of the finest bonsai in the US.

Reviewed December 10, 2018

I visited the Garden on December 8 2018. It had some good specimens but the variety of trees was limited. It had a lot of maples and pines trees. One Maple display was an awesome sight it was a forest of trees in a group...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thank you fmontoya56, The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is the largest public display of bonsai on the west coast. The specimens include historic and legacy bonsai from Japan and US estates, artists and hobbyists. The bonsai garden has approximately 200 bonsai, displaying about 90...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

As an avid bonsai hobbyist, I was a little skeptical of a free bonsai court in Oakland because I have been to some incredible ones at other places. However, the collection here is extensive and beautiful and features some unique bonsais too! In addition, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thank you Kieran P, The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt volunteers love hearing from bonsai hobbyists like yourself. The bonsai garden has on display some historic and legacy bonsai from Japan and US estates, well known artists and hobbyists. The all volunteer force takes pride...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We’d been sightseeing in San Francisco for a week and needed a less strenuous day. Lake Merritt and the bonsai garden were ideal. Outstanding examples of bonsai nicely presented with a couple of benches. Smooth, easy pathways. Parking wasn’t a problem. The lake is big...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thank you Crisa M, It is wonderful to hear from you and about your experience of visiting the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt in Oakland. The all volunteer force loves to hear positive feedback from visitors to the bonsai garden.

Reviewed September 18, 2018

We strolled around Lake Merritt on a pleasant Sunday morning. There were lots of families out and about. The gardens are very nice and the bonsai garden is fantastic. It has only limited opening hours so make sure you schedule your visit around them.

Date of experience: September 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2018

Thank you Alexandra T, Thank you for your positive feedback. Knowing you enjoyed your recent visit to the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt makes all the difference. The bonsai garden is open six days a week, somewhat limited hours due to winter.

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Truly remarkable collection of Bonsai. Tucked away, but easily accessible during the Fall Light Festival, though they are not as impressive at night and with the crowds. Come during the day, and explore these grounds,and pet the neighborhood kitties.More

Date of experience: October 2017
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Thank you, Adam. The volunteers at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt in Oakland love to hear positive feedback from visitors to the bonsai garden like yourself. Yes, the bonsai collection is a gem. AAA Via Travel Magazine summer 2018 issue listed the Bonsai Garden...More

Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful and intricate bonsais in small garden run by friendly volunteers. Entry by donation. A very pleasant break in busy day.More

Date of experience: August 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is the largest bonsai collection open to the public, sharing historic and legacy bonsai art. Thank you for your wonderful review of the bonsai garden. Free admission. Donations are greatly appreciated and help to keep the collection in place...More

Reviewed July 18, 2018

The location was hard to find but this cute little garden has many bonsai to view. The volunteer working the day we went was very helpful and enthusiastic when answering our questions.More

Date of experience: July 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2018

Thank you EffyLee for your review of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. The bonsai garden is located within the Gardens at Lake Merritt and can be difficult to find but fortunately you did make the discovery. Our docents are trained to be helpful and...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

Bonsai Garden at is seriously worth seeing and are truly breathtaking. Never seen them ? Go see them

Date of experience: March 2018
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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2018

Thank you Tribecca for wonderful review of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. The bonsai on display are breathtaking! They represent historic and legacy bonsai from Japan and the US donated by estates, artists and hobbyists.

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