OAKLAND’s BEST ●Attractions
Morcom Rose Garden 700 Jean St./Grand Ave.; Lake Merritt area. Free. Situated on 7 acres, this peaceful garden is designed in traditional Florentine style with terraces, intricate winding walkways, a cascading fountain, and a classic reflecting pool. It is literally a hidden gem. Thousands of roses are planted in devoted sections that include pastel roses and antique roses, and a children’s garden features miniature roses. Altogether there are 20 international specialty gardens and 30 small gardens. The garden also attracts a variety of birds. A wedding site designed with a white, beige, and pink color scheme is reputed to bring good luck. Bloom is best May through October, and benches throughout invite picnicking. The garden is named for Frank Morcom, the Oakland mayor who planted the first rose here in 1932. The garden is accredited by the American Rose Society and is Oakland Landmark #45. Volunteers known as Dedicated Deadheaders take care of gardening duties and keep the site manicured and beautiful. Tours are available.