The mission of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt is to provide education, inspiration and enjoyment of bonsai to novice visitors and bonsai enthusiasts within a museum of bonsai masterpieces.

How to Give to the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM)

New Bench in front of New Windows created as part of the GRO program.

You know how important it is to house and maintain this world class collection of legacy trees for the public to view in the best possible museum setting. Each takes soil, fertilizers, pots, water, space and constant care. BGLM is a volunteer organization that manages our gifts carefully to keep the Garden a living museum of the art of bonsai. Donors are invited to become members of our Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) program. The goal of this program is to “Grow the old Garden into something new again.” GRO has completed the following projects todate and more projects are planned:

  1. replaced nearly all of the decaying display benches,
  2. replaced the irrigation systems in the display garden and reserve areas,
  3. replaced the existing drip system on bonsai with overhead misters
  4. installed additional display benches,
  5. replaced the pathways in the Garden with pavers
  6. replaced the welcome station at the Docent House.
Volunteers joined together through their hard work and generous donations to create a one-of-a-kind living art museum of legacy and master bonsai that is supported totally by volunteers and donations. We still need your help to support the revitalization of the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt. Please donate what you can to help support the next phase of our journey together.
The Bonsai Garden has begun its GRO project with funds from our reserves and a grant from the Golden State Bonsai Federation as well as contributions from individuals and clubs through out the area. We also received a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that will help take us to our $100,000 goal. We are 65% there, but we need your help to reach our goal. Please contribute online at our GoFundMe crowd funding campaign and come by to visit the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt to see how your contribution will help keep this museum open free to the public. If you wish to mail us a donation, please make your check payable to “GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt” with “GRO” on the memo line and mail to GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, P.O. Box 16176, Oakland, CA 94610.