Lakeside Garden Center showcases roses

on May 17, 2010

It’s rose season — and to celebrate this perennial, on Sunday the East Bay Rose Society held its 63rd rose show at Oakland’s Lakeside Garden Center at Lake Merritt. Dozens of types of roses were on display, from the climbing rose to the grandiflora rose to the English legend rose. They came in all colors—fuchsia, blue-black and even speckled red and white.

In addition to roses, the Lakeside Garden Center has all sorts of other flowers and plants on its seven acres. There are vegetable plots, a bonsai garden, a cactus grove and even an open room with a slatted wood ceiling full of rhododendrons. If you missed the rose show, don’t worry, you can come by any time to see and smell the roses and other flowers. The Oakland Lakeside Garden is open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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