|The Lakeside Park Palmetum was established by the International Palm Society's Northern California Chapter in the autumn of 1982 to test and demonstrate the viability of various Species of palms in our Bay Area climate. These cold-hardy palms are presented here in a landscaped setting with companion plantings of other cold-hardy tropical and subtropical test plants.|
The word Palmetum may be compared with the word "arboretum" which refers to a collection of living trees for display thus "Palmetum" is a collection of living palms cultivated for scientific, educational, ornamental purposes and viewing enjoyment.
The Palm Society's Northern California Palmetum, dedicated in 1984, is located in Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California and is open to the public. Featuring a great variety of palm species native to cool and warm Mediterranean climates and tropical high altitude regions of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. Oakland's unique subtropical micro climate provides the perfect growing conditions to nurture the most extensive established collection of cool Mediterranean and high altitude tropical palms than anywhere in the United States.
The Lakeside Park Palmetum is maintained entirely by volunteer members of the International Palm Society's local chapter.
The Palm society conducts FREE GUIDED TOURS every third Saturday of each month at 11:30 AM for individuals or small groups and other days of the week by appointment for groups of 10 or more--
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, California 94610
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
November - April 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and in rainy weather
The Lakeside Palmetum is located within Oakland's Lakeside Park.