Mailing Address
GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt,
P.O. Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610-6176

Physical Address
650 Bellevue Ave. (approx.)
Oakland, CA in Oakland’s Lakeside Park.

(510) 763-8409

Group Tours
Call the Bonsai Garden at (510) 763-8409 to arrange special group tours.

Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Also closed in rainy weather. Oakland weather site. Call the weather service: 1(800) 992-7433 (dial the number & then press “1” for Oakland)

Key Personnel

Bonsai Garden Lake Merritt Schedule Coordinator

John Mekisich
(650) 477-8540
E-mail: [email protected] (
place “Docent” in subject line of email)

Assistant Schedule Coordinator, Vacant

Alternate contacts & Other Important numbers:

Garden Security Coordinator
Bob Gould
(925) 935-1914
E-mail: [email protected]

Bonsai Garden Lake Merritt 
Docent House Phone

(510) 763-8409

Weather Service  
(Dial the number & then press “1” for Oakland)
1-(800) 992-7433
Oakland Weather Website

GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Board of Directors
Chairman: Gordon Deeg
Curator: Kathy Shaner
Garden Master:
Director of Facilities: Bob Gould
Treasurer: Jan Smith
Docent Scheduling: John Mekisich
Webmaster: Jerry Carpenter
Mammoth Fundraiser Event: George Haas
Corresponding Secretary:
Awards Coordinator & 
Donor Registry:
Recording Secretary: (vacant)
GSBF Liaison: Scott Chad

Directors Emeritus
Gordon Joe Byrd, Seiji Shiba