GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (BGLM) Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO)

The Story

The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt opened its gate in 1999. 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. Now we need help once again to revitalize the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt that is showing signs of its age and popularity. Please donate what you can to help us through the next phase of our journey together.

The Bonsai Garden has begun its GRO (Garden Revitalization Opportunity) project with funds from our reserves and a grant from the Golden State Bonsai Federation as well as contributions from organizations, individuals and bonsai clubs throughout Northern California. We also received a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that will help take us to our $100,000 goal, but we need your help to reach our goal. Please contribute online and come by to visit the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt to see how your contribution will help keep this museum open & admission free to the public. If you can’t stop by the Garden, please visit

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Update:  Since January 2017, BGLM has raised 37% of its goal of $100,000. To date, new red cedar display benches and stands have replaced the original, worn out ones. Nearly two thirds of the new overhead water system had been completed. There are some ways to go yet. Installation of cement pavers for all the pathways and a new cul-de-sac is yet to be funded. And, more.

Wood rot on display stand
Poor design and wrong material used for display stand

Newly installed overhead water system
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