Morcom Rose Garden

An Amphitheater of Roses

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The Oakland Municipal Rose Garden features a curved Italian-style colonnade entrance and pavilion shelter overlooking a rectangular pool. This hidden hillside garden was created as a WPA project of the 1930’s and is accredited by the American Rose Society.

Terraces carved into the steep, natural amphitheater walls overflow with close to 5,000 plants and 300 varieties. A ten-tier waterfall cascade flanked by wide steps rising to an overlook on the western hillside is appropriately lined on each side with delicate pink Pride of Oakland polyantha shrubs.

Climbing roses border a “Mother of the Year Walk” that leads to formal beds at the rear of the garden. Four different varieties of Peace fill the center bed. Old Garden Roses rescued from locations around California clamber up rugged rock retaining walls. Peak blooming season is typically from Mother’s Day through October 31 of each year.

Categories: See & Do: Parks, Gardens |
Tags: Hidden Gems |

At A Glance

700 Jean Street

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