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June Garden Events and Gardening Tips

Gardens at lake Merritt

June Special Events

Love Our Lake DaySunday, June 9 from 11am to 4pm at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park and in the surrounding Oakland neighborhoods. Oaklanders and visitors alike are invited to come play in the car-free streets & parks surrounding Lake Merritt and celebrate the area’s transformation through Measure DD!

We are expecting many visitors to the Gardens at Lake Merritt.  We need 8–12 Volunteer Ambassadors to welcome our guests. If you would like to join the fun, please send us an email and include your contact information and the times you are available to volunteer with us.

The festive event will enrich three miles of car-free streets with recreation and cultural activities for the entire family. At 2pm Mayor Jean Quan will be at the south end of the lake for the Grand Opening of Lake Merritt Boulevard featuring a beautiful new amphitheater and four-acre park.

California Suiseki Society Show,  Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9 from 10am-5pm, at the Lakeside Park Garden Center. Free to the public. Stones have been admired and collected by mankind since time immemorial. And throughout history, cultures around the globe have developed unique names, disciplines and guidelines for their particular art form.

The Japanese art is called “Suiseki”, in China “Scholar’s Rocks”, in Korea it is “Suseok” or “Gongshi”. Among many other terms used, some might include: viewing stones, artistic stones, object stones and many more.

Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society Show, Saturday June 15, noon-4pm. Free at the Lakeside Park Garden Center.  Carnivorous plants derive some or most of their nutrients (but not energy) from trapping and consuming  animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods.

Gardening 101: Get Your Hands Dirty, Saturday, June 22, noon-1pm. Join us at this hands-on workshop with Master Gardener instructors. You will plant seeds, plant  seedlings, build and turn a compost pile, prune perennials and learn how to plan your garden space. Handouts and best practices for seed starting, composting, pruning and more. Gather in the master Garden Trials Gardens in the Edible Demonstration Garden.
Master Gardener Jacqueline Bruhn gardens extensively with children in local public schools and sees the benefit of experiential learning for all ages. Please join us, and bring your own gardening questions! Download the full Workshop Series schedule here: 2013 Trials Garden Workshop Series

Introduction to Bonsai: Interactive Demo and Questions in the Bonsai Garden, Sunday, June 23, 1pm-3pm. This free workshop (held every fourth Sunday of the month) covers the art of Bonsai including techniques, styling, care and grooming. You are welcome to bring your own tree for some TLC.

Community Work Party Events 

First Saturday of each month, (June 1) 9am-noon – Mediterranean Garden

First Saturday of each month, (June 1) 9am – 1:30pm – Succulent Garden

First and third Saturday of each month, (June 1 & June 15) - Edible Gardens. If you’re interested in gardening at an Edible Garden; the Victory Garden Foundation’s People’s Victory Garden will have mentored gardening days on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Please see the Event Calendar for the month.

Third Saturday of each month, (June 15) 9am- noon – Sensory Gardens, Palmetum, and the Rhododendron Garden


Every Tuesday Evening, Sensory Garden, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Every Thursday Morning, Succulent Garden, 9am-noon 

June Gardening Tips

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Prepared by the Alameda County Master Gardeners

  • Fertilize, water and deadhead flowers to keep them blooming.
  • Check your plants for insects and disease. Get help from UC Pest Notes.
  • Replace harvested cool season crops with warm season crops.
  • Harvest and enjoy!
  • Check to be sure that your irrigation system is working and meets the needs of your garden.

For more information on gardening tips and information from the Alameda County Master Gardeners, go to http://acmg.ucdavis.edu/

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