Discover a Hidden Jewel in Oakland. The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is the largest bonsai collection open to public. About 90 bonsais are on display at any time. The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a seven-acre collection of themed gardens, is conveniently located in the heart of Oakland at Lakeside Park, our nation’s first wildlife refuge. Established more than a half century ago, the Gardens serve as a source of great regional pride, a cultural and educational center and a place to enjoy tranquility in the heart of the city. The Gardens are poised to serve as an example of the highest standards of horticulture and historic preservation, while providing enriching public programs.
Admission is free.