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GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Open Now: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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We’d been sightseeing in San Francisco for a week and needed a less strenuous day. Lake Merritt and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Crisa M
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Great walk around Lake Merritt

We strolled around Lake Merritt on a pleasant Sunday morning. There were lots of families out and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alexandra T
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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 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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

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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

1  Thank Dave B
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

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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

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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.

Reviewed June 30, 2018

A lovely quiet oasis to look around and be astounded by the Bonsai garden lots of volunteers help run this little peaceful garden well worth a visit and the outer garden too.

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

Thank you Maggie for your wonderful review of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Our volunteers love to receive feedback from visitors like yourself.

Reviewed June 27, 2018

Tucked in the back of Lake Merritt Park is this small bonsai garden where about 60 ancient ones reside peacefully. Bees and butterflies take their lazy time visiting the branches and flowers making this feel like a true fairy land. These are outstanding examples covering...More

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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2018

Thank you Prentiss P, I enjoyed reading your review of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Our Docents are trained to provide information about the living art of bonsai. Please return to the bonsai garden anytime for a 10-30 minute stroll among the ancient ones.

Reviewed January 9, 2018

We were touring the general garden center and the lake and found this. What a lovely job these volunteers have done to make a showplace! Kudos to all involved.

1  Thank Michael W
George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. All our volunteers love the hear feedback and positive comments about the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Visit us again!

Reviewed November 8, 2017

We know very little about bonsai, but have seen a couple of bonsai exhibits. This bonsai garden really blew us away, especially with the commentary of the docent. Some striking specimens, and a range of bonsai presentation. Well worth the drive. We also enjoyed the...More

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George H, Marketing Manager at GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

Thank you for your truly wonderful review. The Bonsai Garden is cared for and maintained by all volunteers, and they love hearing such positive feedback from its visitors. Bonsai is a living art form in constant change. We rotate our displayed trees based on peak...More

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